Home Health Line
04/02/2071
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was declared a national emergency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is implementing a new diagnosis code U07.1 (COVID-19) into the ICD-10-CM code set.
04/08/2021
As we enter a new phase in the pandemic with growing vaccine access, and as some areas recover from winter disasters, it’s an important time to review emergency preparedness plans, procedures and staff training.
04/08/2021
The winter storm in Texas in February provides an example for agencies in other parts of the country regarding the wide range of potential risks and the need to prepare for the unexpected.
04/08/2021
To really move the needle on 5-star ratings, leaders should meet with clinicians who are conducting OASIS assessments at key points including start of care, resumption of care, discharge or transfer.
04/08/2021
The use of telehealth is a blessing and a curse when it comes to managing medications for home health patients during the pandemic and beyond. But there are some things that agencies can do to help keep an accurate and running list of patient medications and avoid prescribing complications.
04/08/2021
Ready or not, yes, you must let surveyors on site at your agency even if they haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19.
04/08/2021
Here’s a look at the things that agencies said they plan to spend more on in 2021. The data represent 99 responses to the 2021 Home Health Trends Survey.
04/05/2021
Coders should be sure to understand the sequencing guidance when determining where to place a code for sepsis when it is linked to COVID-19 — as this is a newer code combination for home health.
04/01/2021
Home health agencies are recognizing the importance of replacing fax machines and lengthy telephone calls with electronic communication, but leaders should make sure they are sharing the right information in the right format when working with referral partners and physicians.
04/01/2021
Agencies should consider circulating an employee survey as a way to gauge the climate, gather feedback and best support clinicians/caregivers especially during times such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

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