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CDC releases guidance on coding for health care encounters and deaths related to e-cigarette, vaping

Coders now have guidance for health care encounters and deaths related to e-cigarette, vaping or product use associated lung injury (EVALI). The guidance, released October 17 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is consistent with current clinical knowledge about e-cigarette or vaping-related disorders, according to the CDC. This guidance is intended to […]

5 critical components every job description must contain

By: Cathleen Yonahara, Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP, Mark I. Schickman, Freeland Cooper & Foreman, LLP A job description need not account for every task that might ever be done, says the CELL. Here are the most critical components of a good job description. 1. Heading information. This should include job title, pay grade or […]

2020 National Provider Enrollment Forum Speakers

We are seeking speakers to present at the 2020 National Provider Enrollment Forum, to be held April 19-22 in New Orleans at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Click here to view and complete the speaker application. Presenters must complete the application prior to the September 30 deadline. Accepted speakers and co-speakers receive free admission to […]

New courses available through CMS’ Hospice Quality Reporting Program

Two new courses are available under CMS’ Hospice Quality Reporting Program. The first course, Introduction to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), provides an overview of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS ®) Hospice Survey. These five lesson make up the course:   What is the […]

Proposed rule aims to make CMP waiver process standard

In its proposed rule released this week, CMS aims to eliminate the requirement for facilities to actively waive their right to a hearing in writing. Instead, there would be a waiver process that would operate by default when CMS has not received a timely request for a hearing. The 35% penalty reduction would remain. According […]

Proposed rule includes change to antipsychotics regulation

CMS announced a new proposed rule (CMS-3347-P) this week, and among many changes, such as the delay of Phase 3 implementation, are changes to the use of antipsychotic medication. In the proposed rule, CMS states that “some nursing homes are circumventing the pressure to reduce antipsychotic drug use by seeking an appropriate diagnosis from a […]

OIG reports address deficiencies, abuse in hospice care

Two reports were released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) demonstrating the results of in-depth studies of Medicare hospice recertification and complaint survey data from state agencies and accredited organizations between 2012 and 2016. The reports examine issues of deficiencies and abuse in hospice care. […]

CMS seeking feedback on potential future quality measures and assessment data

A significant portion of the 2020 PPS proposed rule deals with potential measures and associated assessment elements that could come to the home health industry in the future. While CMS is not planning to finalize any of these measures or standardized patient assessment data elements (SPADES) as part of the rulemaking process this year, CMS […]

Home care aides often encounter verbal abuse while on the job, study shows

Home care aides often suffer verbal abuse at the hands of clients and their families, according to a study published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. The study involved people with a range of titles including home health aide, certified nursing assistant, hospice aide, personal care aide, personal care attendant and homemaker. About 7% of aides […]

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 […]