Public Comment Open until June 26th for PAC Standardized Assessment Data
OASIS Answers – Thursday, May 18, 2017
The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with RAND to develop standardized assessment-based data items to meet the requirements as set forth under the IMPACT Act of 2014. If adopted, these standardized data collection items would be used in the post-acute care (PAC) settings of home health, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long term care hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities.
As part of its data element development process, CMS requests interested parties to submit comments on the data elements that are under considered for this project. CMS is accepting public comment on data elements that meet the IMPACT Act domains of: cognitive function and mental status; medical conditions and co-morbidities; impairments; medication reconciliation; and care preferences. Information on the items under consideration can be found in the document Development and Maintenance of Post-Acute Care Cross-Setting Standardized Assessment Data RAND IMPACT
CMS Finalizes New Home Health Conditions of Participation
OASIS Answers – Tuesday, January 10, 2017
On January 9, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the Home Health Conditions of Participation (COPs). The new Conditions of Participation are the minimum health and safety standards a home health agency must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The new COPs will be effective on July 13, 2017.
The update to the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation for home health agencies is the first update in many years, and reflects current best practices for in-home care, based on recommendations from stakeholders and medical evidence. The changes are an integral part of CMS overall effort to improve quality of care furnished through Medicare and Medicaid programs and to streamline requirements for providers.
This final rule includes:
Link to Final Rules on the Federal Register:
Have you registered? Home Health Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Connects Call
OASIS Answers – Monday, January 02, 2017
Reminder to register for the Home Health Quality of Patient Care Star Rating MLN Connects Call on January 19, 2017. CMS anticipates that the star ratings will continue to evolve and be refined over time. Learn about the latest proposed changes to the Home Health Quality of Patient Care Star Rating on Home Health Compare based on stakeholder and technical expert panel feedback. This call will include an overview of the current calculation algorithm, proposed changes, and potential roll-out plans. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
When:Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 1:30-3 pm ET
To register for an MLN Connects Call, please visit the MLN Connects Event Registration website.