Annual Meeting Spotlight: Value-Based Purchasing Session Added to Educational Offerings
October 16, 2015 04:50 PM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has added a new course to its educational offerings at the Annual Meeting & Exposition: “Session 211 - How to Interpret the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Program.”
In January 2015, the Administration announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has set a very ambitious goal of tying 85 percent of all traditional Medicare payments to quality or value by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018 through programs such as the Value Based Purchasing programs and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Programs.
The 2016 proposed rule for the home health payment rate update included a Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model that would test whether incentives for better care can improve outcomes in the delivery of home health services. The model would apply a payment reduction or increase to current Medicare-certified home health agency payments, depending on quality performance, for all agencies delivering services within nine randomly selected states. Payment adjustments would be applied on an annual basis, beginning at five percent and increasing to eight percent in later years of the initiative.
This session will outline and examine the rationale and construct of CMS’ proposed HHVBP program. The session will also provide a detailed analysis of the program to include the reward and penalty methodology, proposed quality measures, selected states for participation and the potential implications for agencies.
The faculty for the course includes Mary Carr, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs at NAHC; and William Dombi, Vice President for Law at NAHC.
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