tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2006 Issue 16

P4P: How HHAs Are Preparing For P4P

Payment mechanism could take HHAs by surprise.Pay-for-performance could determine home health agencies' Medicare payments soon, if policy- and lawmakers get their way.The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is readying a P4P demonstration for HHAs. Congress is requiring HHAs to report quality data starting in January. And the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is recommending quality measures for P4P."P4P will be a force throughout the health care market," said Amanda Twiss, president of Seattle-based benchmarking company Outcome Concept Systems, in a recent P4P presentation at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice's annual policy conference...

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