Could working within your umbrella organization help with emergency prep?

by: A.J. Plunkett
The following is an excerpt from Home Health Line.
If your agency is part of a health care system, there are many benefits to choosing to work with the umbrella organization as you attempt to comply with CMS’ new emergency preparedness requirements.
Even if your agency has a separate Medicare certification number than the overall health system, you can benefit from combining resources on everything from planning and exercises to increased communication and manpower in …

CMS releases new guidance about subunits

by: Josh Poltilove
Source: Home Health Line.
CMS has issued new guidance that explains how agencies can go about converting subunits to branches or independent home health agencies.
The guidance was released fewer than two months before the implementation date of the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs).
In a Survey and Cert letter dated Nov. 17, the federal Medicare agency explains the three options affected agencies are presented with: Elect to become a distinct/freestanding agency, elect to …

NAHC interim president: Odds of HHGM happening in 2019 are 50/50

The odds of the home health industry avoiding the Home Health Groupings Model in 2019 have worsened, an industry expert says.
Bill Dombi, interim president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), told attendees at NAHC’s annual conference that there’s now only a 50/50 chance that the HHGM will be postponed or withdrawn.

CMS’ Hospice Quality Reporting Program has new and updated resources

New and updated resources are available for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP):

Getting Started with HQRP: Detailed information on the requirements of Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems® (CAHPS®). Designed especially for new providers and staff, this document gives comprehensive detail on the background of each requirement, data submission deadlines, possible exemptions, and tips for compliance.
HQRP Activities Checklist: A quick reference for hospice providers, outlining a checklist of …