Pay for Performance comes to Home Health Care...pilot program that includes several test regions of the US, including California, Connecticut, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Illinois. CMS will be soliciting HHAs in the seven states to participate. More information available here. BD
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced plans for a home health pay-for-performance demonstration, an important new step in its drive to become a more effective purchaser of quality healthcare. CMS will begin soliciting home health agencies for the project this fall with the actual demonstration performance period to begin January 1, 2008. The demonstration will operate for two years in seven states.
Under the demonstration, home health agencies (HHAs) will be eligible to receive incentive payments if their quality improvement efforts result in the highest performance levels or significant improvements in patient outcomes.
The measures are: -- Incidence of Acute Care Hospitalization -- Incidence of Any Emergent Care -- Improvement in Bathing -- Improvement in Ambulation/Locomotion -- Improvement in Transferring -- Improvement in Status of Surgical Wounds -- Improvement in Management of Oral Medications