HHS considers modifying HIPAA

Source: Home Health Line
HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a request for information (RFI) to help it identify provisions of HIPAA privacy and security regulations that should be modified.
It wants to “remove regulatory obstacles and decrease regulatory burdens in order to facilitate efficient care coordination and/or case management and to promote the transformation to value-based health care” while preserving the security and privacy of patients’ protected health information.
The office wants to know about …

Review choice demo won’t start on time in Illinois

Source: Home Health Line
CMS has announced that it its review choice demonstration won’t launch as planned in Illinois on Dec. 10.
That’s because the demonstration has not yet received Office of Management and Budget approval, CMS said in a Dec. 10 post.
CMS notes that when approval is received, it will post “final, approved demonstration information, including a start date for home health agencies in Illinois and instructions on the choice selection process. CMS will provide notice …

Home health industry asks CMS to wash away challenging bathing requirement

Source: Home Health Line
Given an opportunity to provide insights about Medicare regulatory requirements that are burdensome, many in the home health industry pointed to tub baths currently being an aide competency requirement under the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs).
The vast majority of home health patients don’t take tub baths, making it difficult to ensure aides meet CMS’ testing requirement, the industry recently pointed out in comments about CMS’ proposed rule, “Medicare and Medicaid …

CMS schedules Q&A session related to guidance from OASIS-D events

Source: Home Health Line
CMS has announced that from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Nov. 29, it will hold a question-and-answer session related to guidance on the OASIS-D presented during webinars in August and September and a Train-the-Trainer event in Baltimore in November.
OASIS-D takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.
Learn more about the event at https://go.cms.gov/2eA0xZn.