Home Health & Hospice

Weekly roundup

Homecare Insider, April 11, 2016

CMS seeks comments on OASIS-C2

CMS has opened the comment period for the OASIS-C2 data set, and seeks agency comments on administrative or implementation burden estimates associated with collecting the data required by changes in the OASIS-C2 data set. 

The OASIS-C2 set, which takes effect January 1, 2017, includes three new standardized items, along with modified and renumbered medication and integumentary items to standardize with other postacute care settings. In addition, the lookback period has been modified for five items.

All comments must be received by May 31, 2016.

Source: CMS

Home health was hiring in Q1
Healthcare continues to be a positive force for U.S. employment, and home health shared the gains for the first quarter of 2016, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) posted last week. Employment in home health rose 6% for the month from February to March of this year, for 9,600 added jobs. Total employment in home healthcare services reached 1,385,800, according to the statistics.

Healthcare, including ambulatory healthcare services, hospitals, and nursing and residential care facilities added 36,800 jobs from February to March, although employment declined slightly in nursing and residential care facilities.

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics

HHAs to CMS: Nix preauthorization proposal
The comment period for CMS’ home health preauthorization proposal last week with close to 250 comments from home health agencies (HHA) and industry affiliates. The proposed rule, which CMS posted to the Federal Register with no fanfare in February, would require HHAs to receive authorization before providing homecare, instead of providing verification after claims are made.

Most commenters urged CMS to scrap the proposal because if enacted, it could require HHAs to wait on authorization when patients require changes to their homecare plans. This could delay vital care to patients and would result in heavy administrative burdens on the industry and CMS, stakeholders warned.

See the March and April issues of Homecare DIRECTION for more about the preauthorization proposal.

Source: Home Health Care News, CMS