Home & Community Based Services
HCBS measurement testing opportunity
May 12, 2022The Research and Training Center on HCBS Outcome Measurement (RTC/OM) is developing a new set of HCBS measures that are intended to bring providers actionable data that contributes to quality improvement efforts. Currently, RTC/OM is in the validation stage of their research and is seeking additional providers to help them gain access to participants. Once the HCBS measures are validated, involved providers will be the first group to receive training and technical support on implementation of measurements in their HCBS programs. For more information, please email RTC/OM coordinator Matt Roberts.
Continuing care at home conference
May 12, 2022The CCaH virtual annual conference is May 16 and May 17 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. The annual conference offers a variety of education sessions tailored to this unique member category and all are welcome to join.
Community spread threshold rate guidance for adult day care and LIFE providers
May 12, 2022Please monitor community spread threshold rates. Providers should review and proceed with mitigation policies, if necessary.
Home health value based purchasing measure resources
May 12, 2022CMS released new resources for home health agencies on the expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Program.
Guide to help hospices address mental health needs
May 12, 2022National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) recently released its Community Counseling Guide to help member providers structure bereavement services, including best practices for billing.
Home health U537F NOA error solved
May 12, 2022Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have identified an issue where U537F is assigning incorrectly on some notices of admission (NOAs), due to the common working file (CWF) not correctly recognizing discharges. The CWF maintainer has developed a fix for this issue. Providers can now resubmit any home health NOAs (32A) that has been returned to providers incorrectly and are advised to bill the KX modifier on the final HH period of care claim(s) affected by the late NOA. The claim(s) should also include remarks to request an exception to the late filing penalty. These remarks can be similar to ‘Late NOA due to System Problem 34567’.
Home health compare April refresh
May 5, 2022The April refresh for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP) is now available on Care Compare. As a reminder, the April refresh will add new OASIS-based measures for public reporting in alignment with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014