Tag: guidelines

California HHS rebuffs CDC, extends mask guidance through mid-June

California state health officials announced this week that they will extend a mask mandate through June 15, despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that lifted many of the restrictions for fully vaccinated people. “Until June 15, when California plans to fully reopen the economy, California will keep our existing guidance around masks in place,” California […]

Nursing home visitation rules relaxed

As nursing home residents are being vaccinated across the country, and cases are dropping in the homes, CMS has announced that in-person visits may resume at most homes. “Facilities should allow responsible indoor visitation at all times and for all residents, regardless of vaccination status of the resident, or visitor, unless certain scenarios arise that […]

Q&A: Coding suspected COVID-19

Q: Can we use U07.1 (COVID-19 virus, identified) for suspected COVID-19 cases? A: The ICD-10-CM guidelines now state you can only code confirmed cases of COVID-19, and only positive COVID-19 test results can be reported as well. For a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis, code U07.1 should be reported. This is an exception to inpatient coding guidelines, […]

Updates to reporting COVID-19 manifestations included in FY2021 coding guidelines

Coders can get a head start on getting to know the changes to coding rules for diagnosis coding as the FY2021 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines on Coding and Reporting were issued July 8 – weeks ahead of the typical early August release date. The coding guidelines, which take effect Oct. 1, include additional instructions on reporting […]

FDA issues new draft guidelines affecting SNFs

On January 7, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidelines which would make changes to blood glucose monitoring test systems (BGMS) in both hospitals and long-term care facilities. This draft guidance document describes studies and criteria the FDA recommends for BGMSs which are for prescription point-of-care use. When finalized, the FDA intends for this […]