Backlog to the Future? Part 3

Home care agencies who have received additional development requests (ADRs) are experiencing an ever-increasing ALJ backlog. The following is the final part of a 3-part series on the current state of ADRs and the ALJ backlog.

The Impact of Quality Reporting on Star Ratings

A tightly interwoven loop illustrates the impact of quality reporting on star ratings ... and the importance of the relationship between the two. Star ratings encourage providers to strive for higher levels of quality. They support consumers’ health care decision-making by providing easily recognizable differences in quality when selecting a health care provider. The higher the... Continue Reading →

CASPER Reports – Not as Friendly as the Ghost

... and CASPER Reports Could Be Coming Your Way. On July 9, 2018, CMS began loading into the hospice folders letters of non-compliance for agencies who failed to meet the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements. As I am sure you know, non-compliance affects your FY19 Annual Payment Update (APU). If you haven't already checked... Continue Reading →

Pros and Cons of Outsource Coding and OASIS Review

By Corinne Kuypers-Denlinger, Vice President, Post-Acute Care Growth Strategies, QIRT. Originally published in the e-newletter of the Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council This is the first in a three-part series of articles about outsource coding and OASIS review. The purpose of this series is to help home health and hospice agencies determine if outsourcing this critical business... Continue Reading →

Home Health Compare Data to be updated July 18, 2013!

During the recent open door forum, CMS announced that the Home Health Compare will be updated to reflect data reported from January 2012 through December 2012 (CY 2012 Q1-Q4). In addition, there have been some changes to the calculation of some quality measure. The changes include: Timely Initiation of Care measure: This measure was updated... Continue Reading →

OASIS mistakes that sink claims

This past September, I had the opportunity to attend the National Quality Outcomes and OASIS-C conference presented by Decision Health. It was my first time attending this conference and I was very impressed with the speakers and the presentations. The presenters were from various home health agencies and consulting groups throughout the country. The topics... Continue Reading →

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