Quality Outcomes
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Draw from one agency’s pilot program and infection control best practices to achieve positive outcomes for patients with catheters.
Strategically schedule visits to reduce the amount of time clinicians and aides spend driving. Doing so can have a positive impact on productivity.
Eugene Scalia’s confirmation as the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to kick-start more rollbacks of Obama-era policies and usher in a more solidly pro-business era, according to attorneys who represent employers.
Coders soon may have the ability to capture additional detail for patients with Stage 3 chronic kidney disease (CKD) if a proposal to expand code N18.3 (Chronic kidney disease, stage 3 (moderate)) into a subcategory is approved.
Clinicians are taking more time to complete OASIS-D than they were to complete OASIS-C2, in part because of a new multi-part item capturing mobility.
CMS’ proposal to remove an existing pain measure and related OASIS item should serve as a reminder for agencies to hone clinicians’ skills in assessing and managing pain as well as monitoring for any misuse of medications.
Querying the physician for further information will be essential to ensuring you have the specificity needed for appropriate coding under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM).
Following a recent DecisionHealth webinar about creating a concurrent review process and improving clinical documentation ahead of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), agencies asked questions of Sharon Litwin, founder and senior managing partner at 5 Star Consultants in Camdenton, Mo. Below are some of her answers.
With OASIS-D firmly in place and OASIS-D1 updates on the horizon for 2020, CMS already is floating plans for another set of significant changes to the assessment to be implemented as part of OASIS-E in 2021.


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