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May 7 Online Forum Will Explain New Home Health Rating System

CMS is holding a one-hour, web-based open door forum on May 7 at 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST to explain the new set of star ratings for the Home Health Compare website. CMS will use the Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) survey results to create Patient Survey Star Ratings for the Home Health Compare website. The forum will describe the rationale and overview of the patient survey star ratings.

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CMS Open Door Forum On Home Health Documentation On April 28

In FY 2014, the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program found that more than half (51.4%) of home health claims were paid improperly. Approximately 90% of the 1308 CERT-reviewed claim lines in error were found to “have insufficient documentation errors.”

CMS is now considering developing a voluntary electronic clinical template and a voluntary home health paper clinical template to assist physicians and practitioners in documenting patient eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit. Using clinical templates may reduce the burden on physicians and practitioners who order home health services, according to CMS. The templates have been in the development process for the past year. As part of this process, CMS has been hosting a series of Special Open Door Forum calls to provide an opportunity for physicians/practitioners, home health agencies, and other interested parties to provide feedback on the draft templates. The final Open Door Forum to discuss these templates will be Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 1:30p.m. EST.

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Outsource Training to Transfer Knowledge

Take a look at our latest TCG CHEX eLearning blog post – Outsource Training to Transfer Knowledge – to learn more about an article covering recent trends in the utilization of outside education for staff.

While you are there, don’t forget to use the calculator to estimate the financial savings your organization could see when you implement TCG CHEX eLearning for your staff education!


TCG Webinar: Home Health Billing Essentials

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Time: 10 am PT/12 pm CT/1 pm ET

Presented by:
M. Aaron Little, BS, CPA
Senior Managing Consultant
BKD National Health Care Group

Medicare home health PPS refinements have significantly complicated the billing process. Other issues such as the face-to-face encounter and therapy changes have influenced billing practices.
This webinar will provide strategies for drilling into the details of your billing processes, and participants will take away valuable insights on available industry resources and processes
that can be implemented to help optimize efficiencies.

Features and Benefits:

After attending this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • List typical Medicare home health billing challenges.
  • Apply suggested key billing performance measures.
  • Identify effective and efficient process management tools.

CEs available!

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TCG Webinar: Building a Manageable Corporate Compliance Program

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Time: 10 am PT/12 pm CT/1 pm ET

Presented by:
Deborah A. Randall, Esq.
Healthcare, Compliance and Telehealth Legal and Consulting Services

In 1998 for home health agencies and in 1999 for hospices, the OIG issued guidance for compliance programs. This webinar will discuss the OIG guidance and what an organization can do implement a “manageable” corporate compliance plan and make it a part of the corporate culture.

Features and Benefits:

After attending this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify the seven elements that should be included in a comprehensive compliance program
  • Understand the necessity of a risk assessment as part of the plan to identify agency vulnerabilities
  • Develop the required policies and procedures and communicate them to staff

CEs available!

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