Year 1 of HHP4P Demo Pays Off
First year results for the Medicare Home Health Pay for Performance (HHP4P) demonstration are in and the news is good. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced May 6 that the demonstration saved the agency over $15 million. Incentive payments are being made to 166 home health agencies (HHAs) in the intervention group.
Incentive payments are based on performance and improvement on seven various quality measures during the first of this two-year demonstration, which began January 2008 and ended December 2009. The seven quality measures are computed from the Outcome-Based Quality Improvement (OBQI) data set and currently are publicly reported on the Home Health Compare website.
Regions that did not generate savings will not receive incentive payments. Savings occurred in three out of four regions—only participating HHAs in the Midwest region did not achieve any savings.
More information about this demonstration can be found on the CMS website.