Reconsideration requests under quality reporting program now electronic-only

by Home Health Line.
Agencies looking to have a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) reconsider the decision to reduce the agency’s annual payment update over noncompliance with the home health quality reporting program (HHQRP) now have only one option: to submit the request letter electronically.
Agencies that do not submit the required quality data for the HHQRP will have their annual payment update decreased by two percentage points, according to CMS.
Previously, agencies could submit reconsideration requests by …

New OIG report once again hammers hospice industry about general inpatient care

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A new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) contends that while hospice care can provide great comfort to patients and their loved ones, the industry has vulnerabilities that affect program integrity and the quality of care.
While recommendations within the July 31 report come in response to prior evaluations, audits and investigative work — nothing new — it’s still important for hospices to pay close attention, says …

Review your performance data before July 1!

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CMS has updated SNF Provider Preview Reports and they are available for review. Providers have until Sunday, July 1 to review data prior to public reporting on Nursing Home Compare. Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time. However, providers can request a CMS review during the preview period if they believe their data scores displayed are inaccurate.
The SNF Provider Preview Report includes performance data on …

Senior living tip: Encouraging staff to help dementia residents help themselves

Direct care team (DCT) staff are not typically looking to run a program. Rather, the people who interview for these roles tend to desire from their core to take care of people—a driving quality that is wonderful to harness in dementia care. But this predisposition to caring isn’t enough to fuel the success of an assisted living facility for persons with dementia (ALFPD), nor is experience doing so in other environments or programs sufficient. The …