Survey: Some physicians spend less than a minute reviewing home health plans of care

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by Kirsten Dize
Physicians spend very little time reviewing skilled home health plans of care, according to the results of a survey published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
In fact, 47% of the 1,005 responding physicians said they spent less than a minute reviewing the CMS Form 485 prior to certification, the survey results state.
About 80% of physicians “rarely or never changed an order on the CMS-485, and 78.3% rarely …

CMS webinar transcript available

An audio recording and transcript is now posted on the Home Health Quality Reporting Training webpage for the December 14, 2017 webinar on Removal of Influenza Vaccination Measure from Quality of Patient Care Star Rating.
CMS officially decided to eliminate “Influenza immunization received for current flu season” from the list of home health quality of star ratings measures. This is the first time a measure has been removed since the quality of care star ratings began …

Hospice Tip: How to collect HIS data collection when a patient transfers hospice providers

The following in an excerpt of The Hospice Guide to Quality Care and Reporting: Promoting Sustainability in an Evolving Regulatory Climate by Diane Link, RN, MHA. Click here for more information.
From a regulatory standpoint, any hospice staff member, including volunteers, contractors, and affiliates (e.g., staff from the quality division of the health system to which a hospice belongs), may complete the HIS.
Because the onus is on the hospice to submit accurate, complete, and timely …

Hospice tip: Understand OIG reports and what CDI can do in response

There have been four recent OIG reports specifically reviewing hospice compliance. The OIG Report entitled “Medicare hospices have a financial incentive to provide care in assisted living facilities,” published in January 2015, revealed that Medicare payments in assisted living facilities more than doubled in five years (2007–2012), care provided was for longer periods, and diagnoses identified were less complex care (e.g., diagnoses of ill-defined conditions, mental disorders, or Alzheimer’s disease). The OIG’s findings are pertinent …