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2020 Home Health Research Funding Cycle Request for Proposals Submissions

Posted: October 22, 2019 

The Alliance is now accepting submissions for research proposals seeking 2020 funding, which will help advance home health care and may seek to improve care delivery at home through quality and innovation. For the 2020 funding period, funding will be awarded up to $125,000 maximum. Multiple projects may be funded if they do not exceed the total funding allocated for all projects of $125,000.

Accepted project(s) will further research on home health care, with specific focus on areas identified in the published paper, “The Future of Home Health Care: A Strategic Framework for Optimizing Value” and listed below:

  • Patient and Person-Centered Care
  • Technology
  • Home Health Workforce
  • Clinical Innovation
  • Disease-Specific Intervention
Additional topics related to payment and delivery reform are acceptable as well, including the following examples:
  • Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM)
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Value-Based Purchasing
  • Bundled Payments


The full RFP is available here, and also via PDF. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, December 27, 2019. 

You can read about the Alliance's 2018 research funding awardees here. The 2019 awards have been distributed and will be announced soon.

If you have any questions about the RFP, the Alliance, or Alliance-sponsored research, please reach out to the Alliance’s Director, Policy Communications & Research, Jennifer Schiller, at [email protected] or 202-239-3427.

 

APTA HHS Member Spotlight

Posted: October 22, 2019

Todd Davenport, PT, DPT, MPH, OCS, Professor & Program Director at University of the Pacific, was selected as a recipient of the Clarence W. Hultgren California Physical Therapy Association Service Award for his varied work over the years, including serving as the Founding Chair of the California Research Council.

To the left is a photo of all the award recipients with the originator of the award, Clancy Hultgren, who is a past CEO of CPTA. To the immediate right is Carolyn Hultgren, who is a past Chair of the physical therapy program at UOP.

Dr. Davenport received an Outstanding Research Publication Award as a lead author on the manuscript entitled, "Chronotropic Intolerance: An Overlooked Determinant of Symptoms and Activity Limitation in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?"  Dr. Davenport was also recognized for his research contributions as a co-author on publications.

Congratulations, Todd!

 

CMS Reschedules Next Phase of Home Health Review Choice Demonstration in Texas, Florida and North Carolina

Posted: Oct. 21, 2019

U.S. CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES

To allow Home Health agencies to transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), which becomes effective on January 1, 2020, CMS is rescheduling the implementation of the Home Health Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for the remaining states of Texas, North Carolina, and Florida. The demonstration is expected to begin in Texas on March 2, 2020. The choice selection period will begin on January 15, 2020 and end on February 13, 2020 for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) located in Texas, who submit claims to Palmetto GBA, the Jurisdiction M Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).  

HHAs should visit the Palmetto GBA provider portal for information and instructions on the RCD selection process. Through the portal, HHAs will be able to view the three initial review choices and make their selection. Palmetto GBA will also send letters to all Texas HHAs detailing this information. HHAs that do not make a choice selection by February 13, 2020 will be automatically placed in Choice 2: Post payment Review. 

Following the close of the choice selection period, the demonstration is expected to begin in Texas on March 2, 2020, and all periods of care starting on or after this date will be subject to the requirements of the choice selected.

Following the start of the demonstration in Texas, the demonstration is expected to begin in North Carolina and Florida on May 4, 2020. CMS will monitor the transition to PDGM and assess the need for any change to this date.

With the transition to the PDGM, CMS will phase in the inclusion of Low Utilization Payment Adjustments (LUPAs) within the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD).

Full story on CMS website

 

The Value of Home Health Physical Therapy

Posted: October 22, 2019

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American volume: Home-Health-Care Physical Therapy Improves Early Functional Recovery of Medicare Beneficiaries After Total Knee Arthroplasty

Low home-health-care physical therapy (PT) utilization was significantly associated with worse recovery in activities of daily living after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for Medicare beneficiaries, after controlling for medical complexity, baseline function, and home-health-care episode duration. Patients who are served by rural agencies or who have higher medical complexity receive fewer PT visits after TKA and may need closer monitoring to ensure optimal functional recovery. Members Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, Michael J. Bade, PT, DPT, PhD, and Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD are among the co-authors.

APTA developed worksheets on the Value of Home Health Physical Therapy, in which most of the above research is referenced. 

Members, login to the website to access these worksheets and publications.  You'll find these documents under "Home Health General Resources."

 

Latest 'Home Health Minute' Podcast Features Public Relations, Volunteering, New Section Website

Posted: Oct. 15, 2019

The newest edition of the Home Health Minute podcast features Section Volunteer Leader and Board Member Sean Hagey discussing the public relations committee. It also talks about volunteering for the section in general and why our volunteers are so vital. This podcast was recorded before our new website launch, and the podcast talks about what you can expect. And speaking of our new website, have you been to our new website? Check out the new resources that are available!

If you're going to the site for the first time, you'll need to create a new password to access members-only features. Here's an article that discusses how to do that.

 
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