Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) goes into effect on January 1, 2023, as does implementation of the newest version of the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS), OASIS-E. Hanging over these upcoming changes is the recently announced CMS proposed payment rule which decreases provider payment to Home Health agencies by 4.2%.
Brian Harris, Consulting Director and John Rabbia, PT, DPT, MS, MBA, COS-C, Director of Operations Consulting at leading healthcare consulting organization SimiTree, provide a road map for where your agency should be as we head into the second half of 2022 in preparation for VBP. They will also lead you through updates on OASIS-E progress, what the proposed rule means for your agency, and how to put your agency in a better position before the end of 2022.
Brian Harris has amassed eleven years of home health and hospice consulting experience and utilizes his revenue cycle expertise to improve operations, reporting, and cash flow for agencies across the country. Brian has operated as a CFO and manager/director for various departments within provider organizations including Finance, Billing, Insurance Verification, Authorization, Intake, and Orders Tracking. Brian has also been an active speaker in the industry, serving as a presenter for NAHC, various state associations, and other leading industry organizations. Along with being an active speaker, he is on NAHC's Payment and Reimbursement Committee with members serving as thought leaders for key financial updates in the industry.
John Rabbia joined the SimiTree team in 2021 to provide clinical and operational consulting, offering more than 20 years of experience in leading organizations to achieve quality and financial efficiency through continuous performance improvement. Initially trained as a physical therapist and wound care specialist, Dr. Rabbia’s extensive background includes agency management, operational turnaround, clinical quality, and business development. Dr. Rabbia’s career includes progressive leadership positions including executive appointments in clinical operations, quality assurance/performance improvement, staff development, and compliance in a range of standalone and hospital-based organizations in both Upstate New York and New York City. In addition to home health, John’s leadership portfolio includes long term care programs, private duty agencies, social adult day centers, health homes, and Federally Qualified Health Centers. Certified in EpicCare Home Health and as an OASIS Specialist, Dr. Rabbia also has extensive experience with Homecare Homebase as a provider and consultant, supporting design, validation, and implementation efforts that include testing, training, and live support to develop teams. He earned an MBA in healthcare management from Western Governor’s University, and completed certificates of advanced study in public health and health policy management at Syracuse University. In addition to earning his doctorate in physical therapy at Temple University, he graduated from Ithaca College with an M.S. in physical therapy and a B.S. in clinical science.