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When to Report COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Fatalities

As a follow-up to its May 2020 enforcement guidelines on recording workplace COVID-19 cases, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued additional guidance to employers for reporting coronavirus-related hospitalizations and fatalities. Hospitalizations OSHA reiterated that employers must report inpatient hospitalizations to the agency if they occur within 24 hours of a work-related incident. In […]

Agency agrees to $160,000 settlement in ADA lawsuit

An Atlanta-based home health agency will pay $160,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to an announcement last week from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit brought by the EEOC charged that Gentiva Health Services, doing business as Kindred at Home, learned that one of its employees suffered from Morton’s neuroma and […]

COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness

Long-term care expert Reg Hislop discusses the Biden administration’s “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness.” Listen on SoundCloud Listen on iTunes Connect Listen on Spotify

CGS releases checklist for redetermination submission

CGS administrators have released a checklist for redetermination submission for home health and hospice. This checklist is intended to ensure agencies provide all of the needed information in order to avoid being dismissed due to an incomplete form. To view the home health and hospice redetermination submission checklist, visit https://bit.ly/3sPZxTx. Visit the appeals/redetermination web page […]

Biden names acting administrator for CMS

The Biden administration has named Liz Richter the acting administrator for CMS. Richter has served since 1990 and most recently served as deputy director of the Center for Medicare, according to CMS. Richter began in the Bureau of Policy Development working on inpatient hospital payment policy. She later worked on a variety of Medicare payment […]

Biden administration releases COVID-19 response strategy

The Biden administration released the “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness” on the second day in office, January 21. The strategy lays out plans to support nursing homes, and tighten infection control policies. “HHS and CMS will strengthen Long Term Care facility guidance, funding, and requirements around infection control policies; support Long […]

Q&A: Providing alternatives to telemedicine

Q: Telemedicine may not be the best fit for all patients. How can case managers help facilitate in-person visits for those patients that cannot engage in telemedicine visits? A: If both in-person and telemedicine visits are available, it may be helpful to communicate with the providers to help educate patients on which might be more […]

Ensure patients are up to date on vaccines for influenza, pneumonia

In the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the height of flu season, it is important to ensure patients in home health and hospice care are up to date on their influenza and pneumonia vaccines. A post on a Celerian Group Company (CGS)’s website reminds providers: Home health agencies can provide the influenza […]

Q&A: Querying for acute respiratory failure

Q: Acute respiratory failure is consistently one of our top denied diagnoses. We’ve tried to address common documentation errors through education but are still seeing issues. How can our CDI staff and coders create more effective queries for this condition? A: The main reason I see for acute respiratory failure denials is a lack of […]