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Home Health PPS Software

Home Health PPS Software Package

The Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) Grouper v8119 R1 is available for download.  Please re-download this updated version as there are changes between v8119 R0 and v8119 R1. The HH PPS Grouper v8119 R1 is a required update for OASIS submissions with an assessment completion date on or after January 1, 2019.

Changes included within v8119 R1 that are not included in v8119 R0:

  • OASIS validation library source code was updated with version 2.30.1 of OASIS-D
  • XML formatted assessment Java NPE issue for non-required fields was fixed
  • NRS table within the Overview documentation is updated to match field descriptions of the NRSScoring_CasemixAdjustments ROT table.

Changes included in both v8119 R0 and v8119 R1:

  • The updated case-mix adjustment variables, thresholds and scoring tables effective for January 1, 2019 are included.
  • OASIS D version 2.30.1 is included.

Installing the HH-PPS Grouper Software

The contents in the zip file should be unzipped into the following folder (keeping the existing directory structure intact):

"C:\hhpps"

               *** IMPORTANT ***

If installed into any other directory than the one defined above, then the runGrouperHPtest.bat and configuration files in the following directory must be updated to reference the new location: \config

Support for the HH-PPS Grouper Software

For related questions, please use the following contacts:

Note: Please do not submit Protected Health Information through this email system. It is not necessary to send personally identifiable data to demonstrate your question or concern.

CMS is Soliciting Beta Site Testers

Signing Up for Beta Testing

Thank you for your interest in participating in the beta testing of the Home Health grouper for the CMS Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS).

To enroll as a beta site, vendors will be required to e-mail hhppsgrouperemail@mmm.com with contact information. Once email has been sent you will be contacted with additional information on how to obtain the software package.

The Beta Process

There are 2 releases of the software each year: January and October. The general release of the software is approximately 8-10 weeks prior to the implementation date. Approximately four weeks prior to the general release, you will be notified that the beta test package is ready for download. Please remember to have the IDs and passwords up to date to access the beta software.

Expectations

Upon receipt of the beta package, testers will be expected to:

  • Create test cases to test items outlined in the summary of data changes document.
  • Test the application by:
    • running the test file included in the software package
    • confirming test results with expected results stored in the input file.
  • Communicate immediately if any problems are identified during installation or if any questions or comments arise during the beta testing. Contact information will be provided to beta test designees with each distribution.
  • Complete testing and report on your findings to the contact listed in the software package within ten business days of having the beta release made available.
  • FAQs on the HH PPS Grouper Software, Installation, and Beta Testing
  • Send any comments or questions to: hhppsgrouperemail@mmm.com

As a beta tester, software and information will be released to you for HH PPS grouper beta testing before being released to the general public. With the exception of your designated contact, this material may not be discussed with, or distributed to anyone outside of your organization. To prevent unauthorized release, access to this information within your organization should be limited to individuals who are directly involved in the beta testing.

Oct 2017 HH PPS Grouper Software (Posted 07/24/17) - Opens in a new window  

Jan 2018 HH PPS Grouper Software (Posted 11/08/17) - Opens in a new window  

Oct 2018 HH PPS Grouper Software (Posted 07/24/18) - Opens in a new window  

Jan 2019 HH PPS Grouper R1 Software (Posted 11/15/18) - Opens in a new window  

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