Home Health & Hospice

Q: How does the 2014 Home Health Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule affect homecare quality reporting?

Homecare Insider, July 1, 2013

Q: How does the 2014 Home Health Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule affect homecare quality reporting?

A:  The proposed rule would add two claims-based quality measures:

  1. Rehospitalization during the first 30 days of a home health stay
  2. Emergency Department Use without hospital readmission during the first 30 days of home health
 The proposed rehospitalization measures will allow providers to further target patients who entered home health after a hospitalization. In addition, this rule would reduce the number of home health quality measures currently reported to home health agencies to simplify their use for quality improvement activities.

This proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on July 3. CMS will accept comments on the proposed rule until August 26.

Read the full proposed rule here.

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