Tag: hospitalizations

CMS releases data detailing COVID-19 impact on Medicare beneficiaries

CMS released the first monthly update of data showing the impact on COVID-19 on Medicare beneficiaries. For the first time, American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries have been included in the data. The data shows that American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries have the second highest rate of COVID-19 related hospitalizations among racial/ethnic groups after Black beneficiaries. Other […]

CMS releases preliminary Medicare COVID-19 snapshot data

CMS released preliminary Medicare COVID-19 snapshot data that focus on Medicare claims. The data show an elevated risk for seniors with underlying health conditions (see related link). Among those hospitalized with COVID-19, “the five most prevalent chronic conditions for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries were: hypertension (79%); hyperlipidemia (60%); chronic kidney disease (50%); anemia (50%) and diabetes (50%),” […]

Evidence-based criteria for determining whether services are skilled

Editorial Note: This post is an excerpt from HCPro’s title Long-Term Care Skilled Services: How to Document for Proper Medicare Reimbursement by Elizabeth McLaren. Chapter 8 of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Section 30.2.2 (“Principles for Determining Whether a Service is Skilled”) starts to look more closely at the criteria for assessing a skilled need. […]