CAHPS Survey: A Brief Overview

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), funds and administers a program named Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS). The main goal of CAHPS is to develop standardized family of surveys that ask consumers and patients to report on and evaluate their experiences with health care. The CAHPS surveys are designed to help both health care organizations and consumers assess quality of care and performance, and to help providers improve their quality of care. The survey pertaining specifically to home health is the CAHPS Home Health Care Survey (HH-CAPS). This survey consists of 32 to 34 questions that ask the consumer to evaluate their experiences with home health agencies. To find out more, read our CAHPS requirements document. You can also visit the main CAHPS website.

PECOS

We are pleased to announce that we have added the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) status listing to our physician list within the CradleMRx software. Using this list, you will now be able to immediately see if a particular physician is eligible to be the primary physician on a Medicare account.

Updated ICD-9 Codes for October 2010

All health providers need to be aware that the New, Revised and Invalid ICD-9 diagnostic and procedure codes take effect October 1, 2010.