CMS does not extend moratoria on new home health agencies in 6 metro areas

Source: Home Health Line
CMS did not extend its moratoria on new home health agencies and new branches of existing home health agencies.The moratoria — which covered the metropolitan areas of Miami-Dade, Fort Lauderdale, Detroit, Dallas, Houston and Chicago — had been extended for several six-month periods because the risk of fraud and abuse persists in those areas.
But CMS did not renew the moratoria beyond its expiration date of Jan. 30, says Mary Carr, vice president …

CMS announces in-person training on OASIS-D, using CASPER as part of QAPI

Source: Home Health Line
CMS will host a two-day, in-person training in Baltimore to help home health providers better understand changes between OASIS-C2 and OASIS-D among other topics, the Medicare agency has announced.
The Home Health Quality Reporting Program “train the trainer” event will focus on newly added sections covering health conditions and functional abilities and goals as well as pressure ulcer/injury and drug regimen review quality measures.
In addition to OASIS-D, training also will include an interactive …

MedPAC — yet again — recommends a 5% home health payment reduction

Source: Home Health Line
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is once again recommending a 5% Medicare payment reduction for home health agencies.
During a Jan. 17 meeting, MedPAC voted in a favor of a draft recommendation that Congress “reduce the calendar year 2019 Medicare base payment rate for home health agencies by 5 percent.” The impact of this change would be to lower spending by $750 million to $2 billion in 2020 and $5 billion to …

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 …