Home Health & Hospice Weekly News Roundup

Our weekly list of news, reports, and information about home health and hospice care. Learn about new studies, trends, CMS regulations and more.

Release Date Still Uncertain for Home Health CoP Guidelines

Home health agencies will have to wait a while longer for the final interpretive guidelines (IGs) from CMS for compliance with the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) rules setting forth the requirements that a provider must meet to be certified for Medicare and Medicaid. The final draft of the IGs is in the clearance process, but no official release date has been set, according to CMS.

The Direct Impact Home Care May Have at Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Home care agencies working directly or indirectly with hospitals to provide care and support for men and women at home can help to reduce the risk of readmissions  - this is not just beneficial to those individuals, it’s also financially beneficial to hospitals as they reduce the risk of fines being imposed by the federal government.

CMS announces new payment model to improve quality, coordination, and cost-effectiveness for both inpatient and outpatient care

CMS announced January 9 the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), which for the first time includes 3 out-patient episodes (of 32 total), and also hospice. The model begins in October and runs through 2023.

Can Home Health Visits Help Keep People Out Of The ER?

Encompass Health executives summarize their 2018 goals as continuing to implement the company's acquisition and growth strategy - to fill out the overlap between its inpatient rehabilitation facility and home health and hospice business - as well as working with CMS to "come up with transformational revisions to the home health model [...] to consolidate our view and vision on how the industry can impact the overall Medicare system."