Tag: screening

Requiring COVID-19 Shots? Employers Advised to Follow EEOC Guidance Carefully

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has provided new guidance for employers considering requiring COVID-19 vaccinations—guidance that attorneys advising employers say needs to be studied carefully. On December 16, the EEOC added a new section to its guidance on how employer COVID-19 vaccination policies interact with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of […]

New COVID-19 codes proposed for January 2021 implementation

Three new COVID-19 codes were proposed for a January 2021 implementation during a Sept. 9 virtual ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting. These codes are proposed to improve specificity when capturing COVID-19 screening, exposure, and personal history. The new proposed codes are: For screening — Z11.52 (Encounter for screening for COVID-19) For exposure — Z20.822 […]

SNF staff workers should be screened at every shift

In its new guidance released March 13, CMS requires SNFs to take staff members’ temperatures and perform other screening tasks at the beginning of each shift: Screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. Actively take their temperature and document absence of shortness of breath, new or change in […]

New Affordable Care Act initiative to encourage better oncology care

According to a press release that went out on Feb 12, 2015, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new multi-payer payment and care delivery model to support better care coordination for cancer care as part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of care patients receive and spend […]

Colorectal cancer rates in seniors decreased by more than 7%

Colorectal cancer rates for U.S. adults declined an average 3.4% per year between 2001 and 2010, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society. There is a new initiative by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable to increase screening rates to 80 percent by 2018. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and […]