HHVBP Frequently Asked Questions Released by CMS
December 31, 2015 02:56 PM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its first Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the home health value based purchasing pilot program (HHVBP). A link is attached below.
These FAQs contain significant information on how HHVBP will operate. One important FAQ sets out that achievement threshold and performance benchmarks will be based on OASIS data from Medicare and Medicaid for service and managed care patients. That position is in conflict with the standard set out in the HHVBP rule that limits the data used to Medicare enrolled. CMS does indicate that the data will be risk adjusted to reflect payer mix.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice will be fully analyzing all the FAQs over the coming days. Also, the schedule of the nine HHVBP conferences will be released soon.
The FAQs are available here: https://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/Home-Health-Value-Based-Purchasing-Model/faq.html