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Button down your infection control as measles, HAV outbreaks spread

Recent measles outbreaks in the United States are a grim reminder that infection control is crucial for post-acute providers. Twenty-two states have seen outbreaks of rubella in recent months, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease had been considered eradicated in 2000, and anti-vaccination sentiments are thought to have […]

Four steps to take now for adjusting your therapy contracts before the PDPM transition

Here are four steps for therapy contract adjustment that you should take now to prepare for PDPM implementation on October 1, 2019. The PDPM Transition: Step 1 Analyze your Part A fee‐for‐service utilization data What is your RUG distribution? What is your average length of stay by RUG? What is your reimbursement per RUG category? What is […]

CMS releases FAQs on interpretive guidelines for the revised home health CoPs

Source: Home Health Line More than a year after the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) took effect and about four months after the release of related interpretive guidelines, CMS has provided agencies with additional clarifying guidance around the requirements. On Jan. 23, CMS released 48 frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the interpretive guidelines […]

Hospice provider preview reports are now available

Source: Home Health Line. Hospice CAHPS survey reports provider preview reports and hospice provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two reports are available in hospices’ CASPER non-validation reports folders. Providers have through Jan. 9, 2019, to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) and CAHPS survey results.

CMS considering home health and hospice measures on transfer of care, information

Source: Home Health Line CMS recently released a list of measures under consideration for various Medicare programs, including the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) and Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). On the home health side, CMS is considering the measures “Transfer of Health Information to Provider—Post-Acute Care” and “Transfer of Health Information to Patient—Post-Acute […]

You are invited to submit a proposal to speak at the: Home Health Payment Summit

DecisionHealth is recruiting home health professionals to present at the Home Health Payment Summit. The conference will take place Aug. 6-7, 2019, in San Antonio, Texas. This conference will contain a multitude of sessions to help home health agencies navigate the current home health payment system (Medicare and other payors) to ensure agencies receive full […]

Submit your PDPM questions to CMS for December 11 call

Source: The Bottom Line CMS will hold an informational call on December 11 at 3:00pm, ET, to help providers prepare for the new RUG-IV replacement, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), to be implemented October 1, 2019. Participants can submit questions prior to the call by sending an email to with the subject line […]

Advice from the field: Reducing accounts receivable and improving collections

Source: PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, November 9, 2018 Deborah Collum, national director of revenue cycle management for Covenant Retirement Communities in Skokie, Illinois, uses one word to prepare people for how they’ll feel during their company’s first monthly accounts receivable (AR) meeting: naked. “When my company first started conducting AR meetings, they were an […]

Featured question from Biller’s Talk

Source: The Biller’s Association for Long-Term Care, which includes access to Biller’s Talk, a great peer resource for long-term billers and other involved in the revenue cycle process. Q: A patient came in from the hospital. The patient was admitted to Medicare Part A and was expected to stay, however after two hours, she wanted […]