Category: Home Health

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, […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

Identity theft, hospice aggregate cap liability among updates to Medicare Program Integrity Manual

CMS has released updates to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual. The updates include changes to the chapter of the manual focused on coordination between Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Unified Program Integrity Contractors (UPIC) when hospice aggregate cap liabilities are involved. CMS also updated the identify theft protections and victimized provider process section. The changes were […]

Coronavirus guidance provided by CMS to home health agencies and dialysis facilities

CMS is providing guidance to home health agencies and dialysis facilities concerning the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance gives information to healthcare workers specifically regarding screening, treatment and transfer procedures when working with patients. The guidance includes a frequently asked question section as well. The purpose of the guidance is to protect those who receive both […]

How has COVID-19 affected your facility?

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the U.S., LTC providers face unique challenges to keep their high-risk residents safe. In an effort to fully understand the challenges SNFs are currently facing as a result of the virus, we’d like readers to complete a survey to tell us about their challenges. In order to aid home health and […]

5 Ways Interoperability Can Benefit Home-Based Care

By: Navin Gupta, VP, Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty, MatrixCare The digital age has created an overhaul of technology within the healthcare industry – transforming health records into collections of electronic data that should simplify administration processes for providers everywhere. But just because health records have gone digital, doesn’t mean it makes communication any […]