Home Health & Hospice

CMS Publishes Updated Materials

Homecare Insider, January 16, 2012

During the Open Door Forum, which was held on Jan. 11, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the following have been updated and are now available on their website:

Regarding the Home Health Grouper, CMS updated the Grouper (V3312) to reflect a correction that is effective for OASIS records with a date of Oct. 1, 2011 and later. CMS also added two dementia codes, 294.20 and 294.21 to the HH PPS case-mix system. Specifically, it includes these codes in diagnosis group 17 – Psych 2. In addition, the grouper includes changes that incorporate the 2012 Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule, including the removal of the hypertension codes from the case-mix system.