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Public Health Em​ergency Renewed

As a result of continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary Xavier Becerra of Health and Human Services extended the Public Health Emergency another ninety days, effective January 16, 2022, until April 16, 2022. During this interim, all 1135 waivers currently in place will continue to be in effect. 

 

NOW AVAILABLE IN iQIES - Preview Reports and Star Rating Preview Reports for the April 2022 Refresh

For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) measure scores are based on the standard number of quarters. The April 2022 refresh will add new OASIS-based measures for public reporting in alignment with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014:

  • Percent of Residents Experiencing One or More Falls with Major Injury
  • Application of Percent of Long-Term Care Hospital Patients with an Admission and Discharge Functional Assessment and a Care Plan that Addresses Function
The claims-based quality measures within this preview report remain frozen. CMS decided to delay the resumption of public reporting for these measures. This delay allows time to analyze the impact of the required comprehensive exclusion of Q1 and Q2 2020 claims data on risk adjustment and reporting.  CMS is targeting the July 2022 refresh of Care Compare for the resumption of HH claims-based measure updates on Care Compare. For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of the HH Quality Reporting Training webpage and the FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Update Final Rule (HH Rider).
 

HH Value Based Purchasing

CMS is holding a live event, HHVBP Model Expansion 101 on Thursday, February 10 at 2:00 PM Eastern.  Registration is required (you may need to copy and paste the link below into your browser): https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z4iJ1A-2Qky0coiBilSThA

 

Medicare Advantage: Assessing Risk and Opportunity for Home Health Providers

Wednesday, February 2nd at 11:00 a.m.

The Alliance is excited to partner with MedBridge on February 2nd at 1PM ET for a new webinar, "Medicare Advantage: Assessing Risk and Opportunity for Home Health Providers." 

Experts from BAYADA Home Health Care and KNG Health Consulting will:

  • · Review outcomes from recent research related to Medicare Advantage and home-based care
  • · Discuss a case study for building a value-based case to partner with a Medicare Advantage plan
  • · Explore considerations for long-term success in an environment with higher Medicare Advantage utilization

Register now HERE

For more information on the webinar, please reach out to the Alliance's Executive Director, Jen Schiller, at [email protected] or (202) 239-3427.

 

Mental Health Resource: Compelling Story-Based Podcast “Saying Goodbye”

Safe Space Radio

Safe Space is a free public health initiative by Safe Space Radio, a nationally broadcast, award-winning public radio show. The show addresses subjects that are hard to talk about that affect our physical and emotional health. Their work is to inspire courageous conversations; reduce stigma, shame, and isolation; and foster compassion and public health.

Safe Space recently broadcast an hour-long program and podcast featuring courageously vulnerable storytellers about the emotional benefits and challenges of saying goodbye at the end of life. Many aspects of goodbyes are explored, including why so many of us avoid them. The show combines compelling stories with practical expert guidance.

The show can be found at https://safespaceradio.com/saying-goodbye/
 
Additionally, Safe Space Radio has developed a one-hour certified CME/CE program on Death and Dying for clinicians that can be found at https://safespaceradio.com/education/death/
 
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