Regulatory Compliance
08/22/2019
Agencies usually know that they can share limited information with a patient’s friends and family during an emergency. But they often trip up when it comes to sharing information in nonemergency situations, either sharing too much information or withholding it unnecessarily.
08/15/2019
Several key changes were made to coding guidance as part of the FY2020 ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, released Aug. 5.
08/15/2019
Following a recent DecisionHealth webinar about the final ICD-10 codes, agencies asked questions of industry expert J’non Griffin, president of Home Health Solutions, LLC in Carbon Hill, Ala. Here are some of her answers.
08/15/2019
It’s very tempting to respond when a patient bad mouths your agency online or to the press, but it’s not worth the risk.
08/07/2019
As the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) expands, agencies in Ohio and beyond should take note of best practices that have led to success in Illinois.
 
08/07/2019
Agencies have less than five months to ensure they submit all claims using new Medicare beneficiary identifiers (MBIs). Providers will be required to use those MBIs on claims beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
 
08/07/2019
Following a recent DecisionHealth webinar about achieving success in targeted probe-and-educate (TPE) reviews, agencies asked questions of Annette Lee, owner of Provider Insights Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa, and Wendy Bruce, administrator for Haven Home Health Inc. in Monroe, La. Below are some of their answers.
07/31/2019
CMS is seeking to update the Home Health Conditions of Payment around plan of care to make the requirements less stringent around what’s required to get paid, but that doesn’t mean agencies can neglect listing all required components within those individualized plans of care.
07/31/2019
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that he is leaving his post amid controversy over his role in a lenient plea deal for multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein is likely to bring a change in tone to the agency.
07/24/2019
Home care providers should weigh options for providing more cost-effective therapy in 2020 under Medicare’s new Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), including using more therapy assistants and rehabilitation aides to save on salary costs.

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