Home Health & Hospice

The Weekly Roundup

Homecare Insider, August 24, 2015

  • After a lengthy bout of legal proceedings, a federal appeals court on Friday upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations that guarantee overtime and minimum wage protection to nearly two million home health workers. To read the ruling, click here.
  • The organizations responsible for the official ICD-10 coding guidance recently issued a clarification that would require home health agencies to designate an “A” as the seventh character in an ICD-10 code for any encounter during which the patient is still receiving active treatment for a clinical condition. While in many cases this scenario would not apply to home health, there are times when it could, such as during antibiotic treatment for a postop infection. Click here to read NAHC’s take on the clarification’s potential provider impact.
  • CMS recently replaced a set of faulty preview reports in providers’ CASPER folders with revised versions, the agency announced in an email to its list servs. CMS stated that it discovered the original reports contained flawed data on providers’ next round of quality of carestar ratings, which are slated to be published on Home Health Compare on October 8. The replacement reports should have been distributed to providers’ CASPER shared folders by August 14. 
  • The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) submitted its comments on CMS’ proposed home health PPS rule for calendar year 2016, recommending a more streamlined value-based purchasing program with fewer quality measures for the setting to decrease the prospective administrative burden on agencies. The letter also addressed the rebasing reduction, coding adjustment to account for nominal case-mix change, and revisions to the home health payment system proposed for the year ahead. Click here to read MedPAC’s full letter.