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2019 Home Health Proposed Rule. Digested.

This year’s home health proposed rule was jam packed with regulatory goodness. This 600-page document, though not officially published until July 12, 2018, is available for review by the public now. Comments will be accepted from now until August 31, 2018. You can submit your comment electronically (enter CMS-1689-P into the search box and click

CASPER Reports – Not Just a Friendly Ghost

CASPER is an acronym for Certification And Survey Provider Enhanced Reports. These are reports that are compiled using your submitted OASIS data to demonstrate your agency’s performance. Current metrics are benchmarked against a prior period and the national rate. All home health agencies are required to submit OASIS data for any home health patient who

Are you prepared for QAPI?

CMS has provided a basic framework for a Performance Improvement program with the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) rule. Scheduled for phase-in on January 13, 2018 initially, QAPI compliance requirement was moved to July 13, 2018. As of this time, July 13, 2018 is the final deadline for agencies to get going on their QAPI

New and Improved OASIS-D

On March 12, 2018, the Federal Register posted a Comment Request that included changing the OASIS data set. This is the next step in the process of updating to OASIS-D which CMS has scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2019. What will be different? Quite a bit, it seems. You can find the data elements

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