Completing the new Emergency Preparedness Plan (EP) for your home care agency is not an easy task and the time to finish is now. Caution should be used in preparation. Begin with QIRT's checklist.
A number of months ago, CMS released the Interpretive Guidelines on Emergency Preparedness for all providers. Many have not heeded the warning and we are now at the 11th hour. Your agency must have all plans in place and all drills completed by November 15, 2017. If you have not begun the process, you are not... Continue Reading →
QIRT is sponsoring a webinar series on The Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) with Elevating HOME. Join us! November 2, 1 pm EST Coding in HHGM - PART I Playing a New Game by Getting Back to Basics The Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) will go into effect January 2019, bringing with it some of... Continue Reading →
Targeted agencies receive 20-40 audits. Agencies with moderate to high error rates will continue on to the second round of 20-40 charts, and then a third.
Phase three of CMS’s probe and educate is underway. The first wave of letters is in the mail. Your agency will be in this first round if you failed to respond to previous ADR requests, if you had two or more denials, if you were offered education but did not participate, or if your agency... Continue Reading →
Prepare for CMS Probe and Educate's additional ADR requests this fall. Is your home care agency on the list?
Direct the change. Assign a transition leader, such as the administrator, a compliance officer, or a quality assurance manager, to be the change agent. Use the tools at hand. Talk to your EMR vendor right away to discover what is being done to aid compliance. Is quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) information being... Continue Reading →
On Friday, CMS announced a delay in the new Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoP) until January 2018. That should come as no surprise to anyone since, as of today, we have no interpretive guidelines and surveyors have not been trained regarding the new Rule. Just like in that Rolling Stones song “Time is on... Continue Reading →
That was close, Florida. Literally hours before implementation, Florida home care agencies received the news they were hoping for. A long-awaited hold has been placed on pre-claim reviews (PCRs) in Florida and a pause has occurred in the state of Illinois. After months of laboring with a poorly prepared Palmetto in Illinois, agencies in that... Continue Reading →