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Comment Period Closes For Proposed Home Health Payment Rule

Posted: Sept. 9, 2019

The comment period for the proposed home health payment rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) ended Monday. While many commenters took aim at the widely opposed behavioral adjustment, a bevy of providers lauded CMS for the proposal of a new notice of admission (NOA) requirement, Home Health Care News reported. 

Among other changes, the rule introduced in July proposes the implementation of a new home infusion benefit and the elimination of Request for Anticipated Payments (RAPs). On top of that, it doubles down on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model’s (PDGM) behavioral adjustment, which could mean a 8.01% reimbursement cut for home health agencies.

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ACHH Face-to-Face Course in Pittsburgh Open For Registration


Posted: July 11, 2019

This 2-day live course is a part of the Advanced Competency in Home Health program. This course has four online pre-requisite courses. You must have successfully completed the pre-requisite courses prior to attending this course.

Review the program requirements here.

This is a course for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.

When: Sept. 7-8, 2019; 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Where: Chatham University Eastside Physical Therapy Dept.
6585 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15206

The Advanced Competency in Home Health program is a hybrid program consisting of core and elective on line modules and a 2-day live face to face course. This 2 day, 15 hour course is designed to complement and build on the core modules of the Advanced Competency in Home Health program. During the two day program, participants will revisit and practice skills required for quality cardiopulmonary, orthopedic and balance assessments that will be integrated into clinical vignettes. Participants will use these skills to support a thorough but efficient OASIS start of care or physical therapy evaluation in the home setting. Throughout the 2 day program, ethical and regulatory issues, as well as documentation will be incorporated into clinical case studies. Participants should be able to take the skills covered back to their home health settings and incorporate them immediately into patient care.

Save $40 by registering at the early bird rate. Rates increase on August 3, so register soon!

For more information and to register, click here!


From the CMS Website: Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) this Month

Posted: July 10, 2019

CMS updated its Review Choice Demonstration webpage resources, and the RCD-FAQ document now contains over 100 questions and answers in the following categories:

  • General RCD Questions
  • Submission Questions
  • Billing and Claims Questions
  • Choice 1:  Pre Claim Review (PCR) Questions
  • Questions on Additional Choices
  • General Medicare Home Health Policy and Coverage Questions

There are some differences in answers between the CMS RCD-FAQ’s and responses given by Palmetto in their RCD calls, specific to transitioning from TPE or UPIC review to RCD.  NAHC has reached out for clarification on these items and will provide more information when it is available.

Search website for "REVIEW CHOICE DEMONSTRATION" to be linked to the Q&A's.


APTA Co-Hosted Webinars With CMS

Posted: July 10, 2019

APTA is pleased to announce that CMS, in conjunction with APTA, AOTA, and ASHA, will be hosting two upcoming LIVE webinars w/ Q&A regarding PDGM and PDPM:

Demonstrate Value of Therapy Services Before Home Health Payment Changes Begin

Date: Monday, August 5, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Register now

Therapy Services After Payment Changes in SNFs: How to Show Your Value Within PDPM
Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST
Register now

While the live webinar and Q&A is available only to APTA, AOTA, and ASHA members, a recording will be made available to both members and non-members. Click here for more information.


APTA Reveals Future National Logo as Part of Association Branding Project

Posted: July 10, 2019

APTA CEO Justin Moore, PT, DPT, during his address to the 2019 APTA House of Delegates in Chicago, shared APTA's new logo. The logo's general shape pays tribute to multiple previous association logos—particularly in the use of a triangle shape, which can be traced back to the association's first logo from 1921.However, the mark also features contemporary design that evokes movement and hints at a more open, outward-facing association.

The future logo inspired applause from delegates—and over the next few years there will be more reasons to celebrate as APTA implements other elements of its association branding project. APTA plans to rename several of its products, services, and events, and it is providing chapters and sections with the opportunity to align within the new brand system.

See more about the new branding effort here.

HHS members - let us know what you think about the new logo and branding, as a Section. We'd like to hear your thoughts: [email protected]
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