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Home Health & Hospice Recap - Q4 2018

Posted by eSolutions on Dec 20, 2018 10:16:00 AM

Welcome to our Quarterly Recap

Welcome to the eSolutions Home Health & Hospice Quarterly Recap! Our goal is to give you access to the latest news in technology, policy, reimbursement and process improvement in one convenient location.

 
Thank you to Everyone who Participated in our Home Care & Hospice Month Survey!

To celebrate Home Care & Hospice Month, we sent a short survey to our customers asking why they're thankful to be in the industry. Read their responses.

Advancing Technology

 

New Avenues Opening to Combat Home Healthcare Fraud

Even with evolving regulations, individuals still find ways to fraudulently acquire money for unnecessary home health services. Using artificial intelligence, researchers at Florida Atlantic University have developed programs designed to detect fraudulent activity in Medicare Part B claims. Read more at HomeCareDaily.com.


Home Health Providers Shift to Mobile Tech, 'Upskilling' Tools for Staffing Success

Home health recruiting is evolving, and more aides are searching for positions via their smartphone rather than a desktop environment. Agencies are also recognizing the importance of social media when it comes to advertising employment opportunities. Read more at Home Health Care News.

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Virtual Caregiver System Poised to Dramatically Reduce Cost of Home Healthcare

Addison Care is the name of a virtual caregiver that uses artificial intelligence to monitor patients in the home. Addison monitors, collects and assesses vitals while communicating with her patients as well. Read more at Business Insider.

 

Policy & Reimbursement Complexity

 
CMS Finalizes Payment and Policy Changes for Home Health Agencies

These Calendar Year 2019 and 2020 policy changes focus on empowering patients, increasing competition and fostering innovation while continuing to shift Medicare payments from volume to value. The final rule also pushes home health innovation, less paperwork and lower administrative costs. Read more at CMS.gov.

 
Medicare to Cover More Home Care Services and Safety Devices

Medicare Advantage plans in some states will cover services and safety devices to help with patients’ well-being. These changes roll-out in 20 states in 2019 and are expected to grow over time. Read more at PBS News Hour.

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Review Choice Demonstration Update

CMS announced that Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) would begin no earlier than December 10, and that date has come and gone. Providers are still waiting for the RCD portal to open so they can make their choice of pre-claim review, post-payment review or a limited review with a 25-percent payment reduction. Check out our blog for the latest updates.

 

Process Improvements

 
Home Health Quality on the Upswing, Readmission Rates Hold Steady

National averages for patient outcomes improved for eight out of nine quality domains. Readmissions have stayed at a constant 16 percent since 2013. Read more at Home Health Care News.

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2018 Medicare Fee-for-Service Improper Payment Rate Is Lowest Since 2010

CMS saw the improper payment rate fall from 9.51 percent in 2017 to 8.12 percent in 2018. Since 2015, improper home health payments have decreased by $6.92 billion. Read more on CMS.gov.


Topics: Home Health and Hospice, News

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