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Successfully Evaluate and Select Your EVV Vendor

By: Navin Gupta, VP, Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty, MatrixCare On January 1, 2020, new federal requirements for Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) went into effect. EVV systems, according to the mandate, must electronically verify: the type of service performed, the individual receiving the service, the date of the service, the location of service delivery, […]

SNFs face tougher survey guidelines amid COVID-19 spread

An updated survey tool will be released for SNF surveyors that places stricter focus on infection control policies. Plans for the updated tool, based on information gathered from the COVID-19 outbreak at Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington, was announced by the federal government on March 23. The CDC determined that in under three weeks […]

ICD-10 committee: Start reporting confirmed cases of COVID-19 with U07.1 on April 1

Providers in the U.S. will have a specific ICD-10-CM diagnosis code for the COVID-19 virus beginning April 1. During a March 18 meeting, the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee announced that it would adopt the World Health Organization (WHO) code, U07.1 (COVID-19), effective April 1. Previously, the panel had planned to implement the code beginning […]

CMS releases draft of OASIS-E assessment slated to take effect in 2021

A new version of the OASIS is coming to home health, and CMS has released a first look at the assessment. OASIS-E will take effect Jan. 1, 2021. A draft version of the assessment was published on CMS’ website March 18. The release includes only the draft assessment without accompanying guidance updates. The draft has […]

CMS releases frequently asked questions on coronavirus

CMS has released a document responding to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the coronavirus. The document includes 21 questions and responses for health care providers related to COVID-19. The FAQs discuss telehealth and in-home services as well as billing for testing patients at risk for the coronavirus. Related link: Read the FAQs online at https://go.cms.gov/3d9eLeH.

Trump administration releases COVID-19 checklists and tools to accelerate relief for state Medicaid & CHIP programs

The Trump Administration released new tools to strip away regulatory red tape and unleash new resources to support state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) during the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Because of the President’s bold action in declaring COVID-19 a national emergency, CMS now has a full suite of tools available to […]

CMS announces relief for clinicians, providers, hospitals and facilities participating in Quality Reporting Programs in response to COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is supporting clinicians on the front lines by getting red tape out of the way so the healthcare delivery system can focus on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) response. CMS is implementing additional extreme and uncontrollable circumstances policy exceptions and extensions for upcoming quality measure reporting and […]

Use village strategy to help seniors stay independent, simultaneously get referrals

Getting involved with the village movement may be an untapped opportunity for private duty agencies. Working with villages has resulted in a steady stream of referrals for Osborne Home Care in Rye, N.Y. About 10% of the agency’s referrals come from villages, estimates Michele Thomas, executive vice president of Osborne Home Care in Rye, N.Y. […]

Employers brace for paid leave brought on by coronavirus

Just as employers were taking a look at a bill in Congress aimed at providing paid leave for employees affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the House-passed legislation took on changes in the Senate. As of early March 17, no Senate vote had been scheduled. Worries from business interests have resulted in a scaling back of […]