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CMS Issues Final Rule (CMS-1672-F) for Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) Rates and Wage Indexes for 2018

11/2/2017 HealthWare Financial 1 Comments


CMS estimates that Medicare payments to Home Health Agencies in 2018 will be reduced by 0.4 percent, or approximately 80 million dollars, which includes the sunsetting of the rural add-on provision. The issued rule also finalizes proposals for the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model and the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP). CMS will finalize the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) at a later date.

Find the 2018 HH PPS wage indexes and case mix weights here:

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OASIS-C2 V2.21.1 Final Version Specifications Now Available

10/27/2017 HealthWare Other 0 Comments

There are two minor changes in OASIS C2 V2.21.0 that have been identified and that will have changed that will be implemented on January 1, 2018. One of these issues is related to the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI) and should not affect your software. However, a new fatal edit has been added for M2010_HIGH_RISK_DRUG_EDUCTN (Patient/caregiver high risk drug education) and M2001_DRUG_RGMN_RVW (Drug regimen review). M2010_HIGH_RISK_DRUG_EDCTN should not be [^] (left blank) when the answer to item M2001_DRUG_RGMN_RVW is equal to 0.


If your agency is looking for a great way to help improve your OASIS quality HealthWare offers OASIS Scrubbing and Analysis in rea-time with the results returned within seconds. With HealthWare you can gain valuable insight into your OASIS while you are working on it simply by submitting the OASIS assessment data to our cloud based services. Using this analysis allows you to find and correct inconsistencies before submitting the data to CMS. If you are concerned about the upcoming Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and especially meeting the Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) requirements this same OASIS assessment data can be used for your QAPI program through our Quality Improvement services.

HealthWare CEO Interview on OASIS Scrubbing and Analysis

10/20/2017 HealthWare Clinical 0 Comments

Podcast Summary: An interview with the founder and CEO of HealthWare about their OASIS Scrubbing and Analysis services. Their real-time capabilities allow agencies to operate faster and more efficiently than ever before and help agencies meet compliance requirements for Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoP), Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI), Star Ratings, Value Based Purchasing (VBP) and more.

Testimonial from Arnie Cisneros, President HHSM

10/10/2017 HealthWare Other 0 Comments

“HealthWare offers one of the most complete EMR platforms that addresses all areas of community services. With specific software to manage Home Health, Hospice, Private Duty and more, HealthWare is the progressive answer for agencies of all sizes and types to assure you’re ready for the homecare landscape of the future.”