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Nursing Shortages = Therapy SOCs

Posted on: September 30, 2021

These past two years have been exceedingly eye opening for the medical world and the home health sector in particular as we are clearly still involved in a public health emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic escalated the importance of home health care as a needed and valued alternative to institutional and facility based care settings. In addition, as Valued Based Purchasing (VBP) will come onto the scene in early 2022, many agencies have had to shift the way they admit and care for higher acuity patients in a more efficient, cost effective, and responsive manner. 

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Tags: Home Health Agency, contract therapy, nursing

Strategic Scheduling: Buzzworthy News from NAHC’s FMC

Posted on: September 1, 2021

Recent functional impairment data and staffing intel presented at the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) Financial Managers Conference (FMC) surrounding visit utilization highlights the enhanced need to implement strategic scheduling. PDGM set out the initiative to reimburse agencies based on patient acuity and left it to providers to determine the appropriate level of care.

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Tags: Home Health Agency, LUPA, contract therapy

Winning the Gold with LUPA Management: Buzzworthy News from NAHC’s FMC

Posted on: August 12, 2021

Our HealthPRO Heritage leadership team recently attended the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) Financial Managers Conference (FMC) in Chicago. The FMC is where industry leaders of home care and hospice connect on industry trends and opportunities. All the buzz this year was centered around:

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Tags: Home Health Agency, LUPA, contract therapy

Home Health 2022 Proposed Rule Highlights

Posted on: June 30, 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Home Health 2022 proposed rule on Monday, June 28, 2021. We're breaking down the details, enjoying the fireworks (including a slight increase in reimbursement!), and talking future of home health.

Most Notable Elements of the Proposed Rule

CMS is proposing a $310M increase in Home Health payments in 2022, which equates to an increase in payment by 1.8%! This proposed increase adjusts the 30-day payment base rate from $1901.12 to $2012.43. However, despite quite a bit of controversy and advocacy efforts to have the behavioral adjustments that were implemented in 2020 with the conversion to PDGM modified, they remain intact at a 4.36%.

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Tags: Home Health Agency, contract therapy, Proposed Rule

5 Essential Resources Expert Therapy Partners Should Have

Posted on: March 16, 2021

As more and more home health agencies shift to outsourcing their therapy services, it is important to understand the qualities that a great therapy partner should have. Certainly, therapy is an integral component of delivering quality care in the home and it’s critical to chose the right partner that can provide therapy expertise along with resources for success.

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Tags: Home Health Agency, contract therapy, outsourcing therapy

Advantages of Outsourcing Therapy for Home Health Agencies

Posted on: February 25, 2021

As home health agencies work to implement strategies to provide quality patient care while also reaching operational success, many agencies are outsourcing all or a portion of therapy services to a trusted partner.

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Tags: Home Health Agency, contract therapy, outsourcing therapy

Occupational Therapy Win for Home Health Start of Care Visits

Posted on: January 8, 2021

As most in the industry are aware, current Medicare policy does not allow occupational therapy alone to establish eligibility for home health services, unlike physical therapy and speech-language pathology. Occupational therapy plays an essential role in home health, but is currently only able to stand alone or continue services after an individual has been discharged from all other home health service.

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Tags: occupational therapy, PDGM, Home Health Agency

Understanding the Financial Penalties with Late RAP Submission in 2021

Posted on: November 24, 2020

As most home health providers are aware, beginning on 1/1/21 financial penalties will start to incur for any RAP (Request for Anticipated Payment) submission that occurs after 5 days from when a patient is admitted to home health services. Here is a breakdown of what this updated RAP submission will look like and exactly what financial penalties will occur:

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Tags: PDGM, Home Health Agency

Ensuring Financial Solvency with LUPA Mitigation and OASIS Scoring

Posted on: November 17, 2020

Reimbursement, revenue, payment, or better yet, the term “cash flow” seems to be on the mind of every home health agency in the nation today. Not only were agencies hit with the RAP reduction from 60% to a minimum 20% with the start of PDGM in January 2020; but the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in March, seemed to throw gasoline onto an already large cash flow fire by increasing the occurrence of LUPAs (Low Utilization Payment Adjustment).

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Tags: PDGM, Home Health Agency, LUPA

In a Year of Tricks, CMS Drops a TREAT with Home Health Final Rule

Posted on: October 30, 2020

CMS released the 2021 home health final rule on Thursday, October 29, 2020. HealthPRO Heritage at Home sorted through the mixed bag and found more treats than tricks!

There were minimal changes compared to the home health proposed rule that was released in July 2020. Probably the best news in the rule was the 1.9% aggregate increase (or $390 million) in reimbursement that agencies will realize in 2021. Although the increase was less than the original 2.6% increase that was in the proposed rule.

Other highlights from the final rule are as follows:

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Tags: PDGM, Home Health Agency, COVID-19