CMS posts the third annual release of its home health, hospice Public Use File

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CMS this month announced it has posted the latest Home Health Agency Public Use File (PUF), with data from 2015.
The PUF contains information on home health utilization, payment, submitted charges and demographic and chronic condition indicators organized by CMS Certification Number, Home Health Resource Group and state of service.
The PUF has information for 10,526 home health agencies in 2015 — 356 fewer than in 2014.
It includes more than …

IMPACT Act Transfer of Health measures: Public comment period ends May 3

CMS is developing cross-setting post-acute care quality measures on the transfer of health information and care preferences in alignment with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). Submit comments on two draft measure specifications by May 3:

Medication Profile Transferred to Provider
Medication Profile Transferred to Patient

Visit the Public Comment webpage for more information.

PEPPERs Available for Hospices, SNFs, IRFs, IPFs, CAHs, LTCHs

Fourth quarter FY 2017 Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Reports (PEPPERs) are available for hospices, Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities (IPFs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Long-term Acute Care Hospitals (LTCHs). These reports summarize provider-specific data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Use your data to support internal auditing and monitoring activities.

Hospices, LTCHs, and free-standing SNFs and IRFs: For instructions on obtaining …

CAN-SPAM Act violations are costly, so agencies must meet FTC’s expectations

The following is a post from Home Health Line.
by Marla Durben Hirsch
Providers that use email to market services and products to current and potential patients should expect more scrutiny. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced last year that it’s examining its rules that prohibit certain unsolicited email messaging, and the stakes are high.
Under the existing requirement, violators can incur civil fines of up to $40,650 per email, as well as criminal penalties. Equivalent state laws …