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CMS Issues Telecommunications G-Codes for Home Health Reporting
- Analyze the characteristics of patients using services provided remotely
- Have a broader understanding of the social determinants that affect who benefits most from these services, including what barriers may potentially exist for certain subsets of patients.
G0320: home health services furnished using synchronous telemedicine rendered via a real-time two-way audio and video telecommunications system.
- Short Descriptor: G0320: two-way audio and video HHS
- Short Descriptor: G0321: audio-only HHS
- Short Descriptor: G0322: Home H physio data collec tr
Home Health Agencies shall submit services furnished via telecommunications technology in line-item detail and each service must be reported as a separate line under the appropriate revenue code for each discipline furnishing the service.
Expanded HHVBP Model: PIPR
As the expanded HHVBP Model prepares to start the first performance year on January 1, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the November 2022 Pre-Implementation Performance Report (PIPR) to all active home health agencies (HHAs). The PIPRs provide HHAs with data on their quality measure performance used in the expanded HHVBP Model, with comparison to HHAs nationally within peer cohorts.
The PIPRs provide a preview of where your agency’s performance falls in regard to the new baseline year of 2022, in advance of the release of the first Interim Performance Reports (IPRs) in July 2023.
The November 2022 PIPR is available to download from the Internet Quality Improvement Evaluation System (iQIES) and instructions on how to access the PIPRs are available on the Expanded HHVBP Model webpage, under Model Reports. In addition, you can also reference an on-demand video and downloadable resource, “Introduction to the Pre-Implementation Performance Report (PIPR)”, available on the Expanded HHVBP Model webpage under Model Reports. The video is also available on the Expanded HHVBP Model YouTube channel.
Care Compare Update
- Long-term Care Hospitals (LTCHs)
- Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
- Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRFs)
- Home Health Agencies
- Dialysis Facilities
- Provides additional information to support patients and caregivers as they make healthcare decisions.
- Offers information about clinicians who aren’t affiliated with a hospital but work in other types of healthcare facilities.
- Creates additional quality information linkages between clinicians and facilities across Care Compare pages.
- Shows Medicare beneficiaries and their families which home health and hospice providers physicians are linked to and includes details on affiliations with skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), in-patient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and dialysis facilities.
Visit the profile pages in the Doctors and Clinicians section on Care Compare to view this update. The facility affiliations are displayed in a dedicated “Affiliations” section for easy access. Group affiliations will continue to be listed separately in the “Details” section as a fundamental part of a clinician’s profile.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated Medicare Care Compare to include doctor and clinician facility affiliation information for the following facility types, as applicable (noting this is in addition to the hospital affiliations previously available):
Public Health Emergency Leave is Still in Effect – and has Expanded from Just COVID to Flu and RSV Too!
All Colorado employers, regardless of size or industry, still must give employees both (1) “accrued” paid sick leave (one hour per 30 hours worked, up to 48 hours a year), and (2) public health emergency (“PHE”) leave (two weeks – 80 hours, or less for part-time employees) under the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (HFWA).
Colorado’s 80-hour PHE leave is ongoing: It continues as long as a federal or state PHE is declared (C.R.S. § 8-13.3-402(9)) — and while state public health orders have been scaled back, current federal and Colorado PHEs both remain declared.As of November 11, 2022, the conditions covered by Colorado’s latest PHE declaration include health needs related to not just COVID, but also flu, respiratory syncytial virus (“RSV”), and similar respiratory illnesses. Those with flu or RSV symptoms already were likely covered as having COVID symptoms – so a key impact of this expansion may be that coverage remains even if testing confirms someone has flu or RSV rather than COVID. The expansion beyond COVID doesn’t give employees an extra 80 hours for those conditions, it just means they can use their 80 hours for a broader range of conditions.
This 80-hour PHE leave will continue until four weeks after all applicable PHE declarations end or are suspended. Based on the current emergency declarations, PHE emergency leave will continue at least into February 2023 but will continue longer if either the federal or the state PHE declaration is renewed further into 2023. For more information on paid sick leave, please see the CDLE Division of Labor Standards and Statistics’ HFWA webpage.
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Irina Gorovaya, RN BSN, MBA
Amity Healthcare Group, LLC
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