CGS to hold webinar about RAPs

By Home Health Line.
Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) CGS is holding a webinar 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST Nov. 15 to discuss a transmittal that provides instructions to MACs about monitoring home health agencies’ misuse of requests for anticipated payment (RAPs).
“We will discuss the implications to you as a home health provider,” CGS’ calendar of events states. “Please plan to join us and alleviate some of your concerns about this new process as we approach …

CMS posts training materials for OASIS-D webinars

By Home Health Line.
CMS has posted training materials — including the answers to knowledge checks — for the OASIS-D webinars it held in late August and early September.
It’s important to listen to these webinars as your agency prepares for OASIS-D, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.
CMS’ Sept. 5 webinar focused on new quality measures and data collection items specifically associated with Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals.
CMS also held an Aug. 28 webinar that provided …

Hospice, home health admissions up

Excel Health, a data analysis company fro the healthcare industry, reports that hospice admissions are up. According to a September 25, 2018 press release:
Hospice admissions continued to grow steadily, reporting a 4% growth over the same period in 2017 and consistent with growth in previous quarters. Hospice utilization rates also continued to steadily climb at 1.3%, consistent with previous quarters. From the Q1 2018 data, there are now 16 states where hospice utilization rates are …

Post-acute care might see relaxation of emergency prep requirements

Home health agencies and other facilities only would need to review their emergency preparedness programs every two years if a proposal from CMS is finalized.
CMS’ proposed rule, “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction,” was included in the Sept. 20 Federal Register. The federal Medicare agency is seeking to reduce burdens for health care providers and patients.
The proposal includes several changes that would affect CMS’ emergency preparedness requirement, …