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CMS Proposes Changes to Home Health Quality Reporting Program

Posted on Monday, July 29, 2019 12:44 PM

CMS, in its 2020 home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) proposed several changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) for calendar year 2020.

CMS is planning to eliminate the “Improvement in pain interfering with activity measure” from the HHQRP, due to concerns pertaining to the opioid crisis. 

The two new measures proposed are:

  • Transfer of Health Information to the Provider-Post-Acute Care (PAC);
  • Transfer of Health Information to the Patient-Post-Acute Care (PAC).

The new measures address whether the agency provided a list of medications when a patient transfers to another health care provider, and if the provider furnished the patient with a list of medications when discharged back into the community.

CMS also proposes to implement three assessment screens for mental status, confusion/delirium, and mood.  The special service, treatments and intervention assessment requires the agency to identify the services and treatment the patient is receiving and if they are taking any high-risk drugs.  The assessment item for medical conditions and comorbidities checks for pain during specific activities and checks for hearing and vision impairments. 

Source: NAHC Report


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