Bill Dombi named president of National Association of Home Care & Hospice

The National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) this on Tuesday announced the appointment of its new president.
Bill Dombi, who had been serving as interim president since August 2017, was officially appointed to the role of president by the NAHC board of directors. Dombi was previously NAHC’s vice president for law.
Related link: View NAHC’s press release here: http://bit.ly/2Czk6sm.

CMS proposes nonskilled service coverage as additional benefit to Medicare Advantage

On February 1, 2018, CMS proposed new Medicare Advantage and Part D payment and policy updates to provide new benefits, some nonskilled, for enrollees.
The development, if passed, could change how agencies focus their business.
“I think for private duty, this is a big plus,” says Diane Link, director of clinical services with Conshohocken, Pa.-based BlackTree Healthcare Consulting. “I think it also gives opportunity for private duty agencies to really start considering having skilled care as part …

President Trump signs bill that creates new home health payment model

Source: Home Health Line
On Friday, February 9, President Trump signed into law a bill designed to keep the federal government funded through March 23. The bill contains several home health provisions, including revisions to the face-to-face requirement and the addition of a new payment model similar to the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM).
Among the home health-related items within the bill:

A revised payment system launching Jan. 1, 2020. Similar to the past HHGM proposal, agencies will …

Tip: Defend against new targeted probe by scrutinizing therapists’ documentation

Conduct a quality audit of documentation your therapists submit. CMS’ targeted probe-and-educate review is ongoing, and it’s clear that therapy and therapists’ documentation will be among the things Medicare Administrative Contactors (MACs) review.
When agencies conduct quality audits involving therapy, they should pull five evaluations that each therapist completed in the past week and see if individualized, prescriptive programs are being carried out, recommends Diana Kornetti, a physical therapist and chief operations officer of Kornetti & …