HHCAHPS data submission deadline is approaching

Source: Home Health Line
The next data submission deadline for HHCAHPS is 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 17. But note that CMS says that to ensure files can be accepted by the deadline, files must be submitted on or before Jan. 16.
This deadline involves survey data for the third quarter of 2018.
“Since CMS will not accept any files after the data submission deadline, make sure you check your data submission reports to verify that all of your …

CMS releases tables detailing the 2019 quality measures for home health

Source: Home Health Line
CMS has published updated details on potentially avoidable events, process and outcome measures for 2019. The updated tables also include details on star-ratings measures and quality measures new to Home Health Compare in 2019.
Claims-based outcome measures “Medicare spending per beneficiary” and “Discharge to community” are joining the ranks of publicly reported measures on Home Health Compare in 2019.
Two measures joining Home Health Compare in 2021 are also detailed in the updated tables. …

SNF QRP and What the Data Means

From Reg’s Blog.
Yesterday, CMS began posting the first elements from the Quality Reporting Program. There are five elements that contain data, compared to the national average.

Percent of residents developing new or worsening pressure injuries
Percent of residents experiencing one or more falls with major injury
Percent of residents who had a functional assessment on admission and the outcomes incorporated on the careplan and assessed at discharge
Medicare spending per beneficiary
Percent of successful return to home or community

A sixth …

Is your facility committing these 7 readmission risks?

As of October 1, 2018, the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP) rewards SNFs with incentive payments for reducing hospital readmissions. To receive incentive payments for this quality measure, make sure these seven readmission risks don’t exist in your facility:
1. Inadequate staff. Staff are ill-prepared and not equipped to deal with the acuity of patient referrals (principally comorbidities).
2. Insufficient advance care planning. SNF does not conduct adequate communication between the patient and family …