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Last Update to this page August 30, 2019. Most current news on top. Scroll down for past reports.

Click HERE to read this “Summary Comparison of the Overall Estimated Financial Impact of PDGM using 2017 and 2018 claims and OASIS Data”,

AND, Click HERE for “… the data elements that drive payment under the Medicare Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM)”!

Both provided by the Michigan HomeCare & Hospice Association (MHHA),

the Council of State Home Care Associations, and BKD CPAs & Advisors

MedPAC is questioning Home Health Providers' accuracy in reporting their patients' functional abilities!! IMPORTANT to read HERE.


Impressive stand taken by Senator Rand Paul, defending the rights of citizens/taxpayers to be able to receive care at home. Read about it here!


Here is the "unpublished" CMS  document via the Federal Register describing the now-approved Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and multiple other changes in Home Health Payment System. And, here's A Fact Sheet from the CMS Newsroom!


Finally! Here they are, the CMS Home Health Interpretive Guidelines Released in August 2018! 


 BREAKING NEWS! Mary Ann Dekker of ADVANCING YOUR HOSPICE AND HOME HEALTH LLC will be presenting, live and in person, at the Michigan Home Care and Hospice Association (MHHA) Annual Conference THIS WEEK! Mary Ann, who has been working to help hospice and home health companies across the United States to succeed, will explore "Achieving Quality Despite Maintaining Compliance: Resolving the Conundrum" on Wednesday morning, April 25, 2018, at the Amway Grand Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan!  Additionally: Beginning in December 2017, the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) has put Mary Ann's experience and wisdom to work as an ACHC Hospice Surveyor. Keep Mary Ann in mind to find out how you can prepare your hospice or home health for Medicare survey, whether ACHC, CHAP, Joint Commission, or even if you are seeking certification without accreditation!


Note that the inclusion of Home Health News was initiated here in August 2017,

due to popular demand: I now provide you with my home health consulting services as well as hospice!

Helpful Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP) Guidelines: Read them HERE to be sure you are in compliance.

Great News!   From CMS Announcement Today, 11/1/2017  :  CMS is not finalizing the Home Health Groupings Model and will take additional time to further engage with stakeholders to move towards a system that shifts the focus from volume of services to a more patient-centered model. CMS will take the comments submitted on the proposed rule into further consideration regarding patients’ needs that strikes the right balance in putting patients first.”

Home Health:  Read the DRAFT Proposed Interpretive Guidelines  HERE , Released on Friday, October 27, 2017!

Effective next week (October 1, 2017) CMS is expanding Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE). Will you win Round 1? See the TPE Flow Chart


Hospices & Home Health Providers under NGS Jurisdiction 6: Here is the LINK to: "The Reason Code Look Up Tool for the Top Claim Errors...


Do you know how to take advantage of  CMS' "Expansion of the One Clinician Convention"?


In case you missed it! The 2018 Home Health Proposed Rule!  See it Here  for yourself, and consider submitting your own comment by 5:00 p.m. ET on September 25, 2017.


Effective January 13, 2018: The New Home Health Conditions of Participation!



Are you moving forward with your policies and procedures, trainings, and table-top and full-scale exercises?  Here are the Interpretive Guidelines for the Emergency Preparedness CoP!  Will you be ready to demonstrate compliance starting this November?


Click Here for the May 2017 CMS Home Health Quality Reporting Program Provider Training Questions-and-Answers Document


CMS Rescinds Proposal Requiring Accrediting Organizations to Publicize Survey Reports & Plans of Correction.pdf



Click Here for the OASIS-C2 2018 Guidance Manual   published on August 11, 2017, to be effective on January 1, 2018!