Quality Outcomes
10/17/2019
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reduced the annual penalty limits for many HIPAA violations. View the revised amounts below.
10/10/2019
Draw from one agency’s pilot program and infection control best practices to achieve positive outcomes for patients with catheters.
 
10/10/2019
Strategically schedule visits to reduce the amount of time clinicians and aides spend driving. Doing so can have a positive impact on productivity.
10/10/2019
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.
 
09/18/2019
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.
 
09/18/2019
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.
 
09/12/2019
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.
09/04/2019
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).
09/04/2019
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.
07/31/2019
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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