Category: Home Health

CMS releases updated FAQs on the Review Choice Demonstration

CMS has released an updated operational guide and frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the home health Review Choice Demonstration. The FAQs were updated Jan. 6 and include new questions related to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) which took effect Jan. 1. In one of these FAQs, CMS explains that agencies should not use the same Unique […]

Hospice quality reporting requirements updated for FY2021

CMS has released requirements documents for fiscal year 2021. The requirements have been updated to reflect changes in the FY2020 final rule. Updates have been made to the following: Getting Started with the Hospice Quality Reporting Program Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Requirements for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and Future FY Reporting Years Hospice Quality Reporting […]

Reminder: Changes to emergency preparedness requirements are in effect

Changes to emergency preparedness requirements are now in effect, and several of those changes apply to both home health and hospice. A final rule designed to reduce burden took effect Nov. 29, 2019, and includes the following changes to emergency preparedness requirements: Removed a requirement to document efforts to contact local, tribal, regional, state and […]

CMS Releases Provider Compliance Tips Fact Sheet for Home Health

CMS released a fact sheet entitled Provider Compliance Tips for Home Health Services (Part A Non-DRG). This is meant for physicians who refer beneficiaries to home health, order home health services, and/or certify beneficiaries’ eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit; home health agencies; and non-physician practitioners (NPPs), according to the fact sheet. Physician certification/recertification […]

Best practices for investigating whether your employee was hurt at work

When it comes to workplace injuries, many states provide specific guidance for reporting injuries by both employees and employers. As an employer, you must remember that to properly manage a workers’ compensation claim, you should report the injury as soon as your employee notifies you that it occurred and immediately start your investigation, especially if […]

Common Facebook pitfalls to avoid, plus 5 tips to help you succeed on the platform

Don’t fall victim to classic Facebook pitfalls when putting the social media platform to use for your business. Common missteps include posting material that does not link back to the agency website and not using Facebook to drive people to get to know the business better, says Amy Selle, co-managing director of Corecubed, Aging Care […]

New enrollment deactivation guidance provides ‘rebuttal rights’ to providers

An extensive manual change concerning enrollment deactivations suggests that CMS is trying to make it easier for providers to avoid the hassle of accidental removal from Medicare — but you still have to know and follow the rules. Currently, Chapter 15 of the Medicare Program Integrity Manual, which covers enrollment, has simple templates for letters […]

New code for capturing vaping-related disorders to be implemented in April

Come April, coders will have a diagnosis code to capture vaping-related disorders. The code, U07.0 (Vaping-related disorder), was established as a new International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) emergency code last year by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to an announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted Dec. 9, […]

Study shows home surpasses hospital as most common place of death

For the first time since the early 20th century, research shows the home has surpassed the hospital as the most common place of death in the United States, according to a letter published in The New England Journal of Medicine. This finding was determined through data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and […]