Tag: home health

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Health care providers must follow new standards for handling hazardous drugs

Health care providers must follow new standards for the safe handling of hazardous drugs effective Dec. 1, 2019. The U.S. Pharmacopeia Chapter 800 indicates how to handle hazardous drugs with a risk of exposure to patients, healthcare workers and the environment. Hazardous drugs are regulated through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Hazard Communication Standard. […]

GAO report: Give CMS more power to enforce hospice safety requirements

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends giving CMS the authority to “enforce remedies” for hospices that fail to meet federal health and safety requirements, according to a November report. The study found that in 2017, 472 hospice providers discharged at least 50% of beneficiaries before death. And 83 providers didn’t have hospice staff visit beneficiaries within the […]

The number of 5-star agencies in quality of care dipped slightly in October 2019

The number of agencies achieving five stars in the quality of care ratings dropped slightly in the October 2019 refresh of Home Health Compare. While this isn’t the first time it’s happened, typically the number increases quarter over quarter. CMS data show 641 agencies nationwide earned five stars in the ratings system involving quality of care, […]

CMS to hold home health, hospice open door forum

CMS will hold its next home health, hospice and durable medical equipment open door forum at 2 p.m. EST on Nov. 6. Topics will include the home health payment rule and the review choice demonstration as well as a home health billing update related to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). View the agenda at https://go.cms.gov/1TlLRb4.

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 […]