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A recent home health audit by the Office of Inspector General serves as a reminder to keep up your focus on infection control policies and procedures.
Agencies can’t afford to wait to prepare for operational changes under a nationwide Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model.
As agencies across the nation struggle to retain workers, especially during the grueling pandemic, a new study suggests that reducing scheduling volatility for full-time nurses could mitigate nursing turnover in home health care.
Agency leaders have been left holding their breath ahead of CMS plans to announce a vaccine mandate later this fall that will include all Medicare and Medicaid providers.
President Joe Biden’s announcement of a new action plan aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic will create new requirements for certain employers, and the rules have employers asking what they need to do, when they need to comply and the consequences for noncompliance.
Agencies should monitor the COVID-19 vaccine status of all employees and prepare for potential government mandates and the impact that could have on staffing.
As Medicare Advantage (MA) patients increase and Medicare dollars shrink, agencies are turning to MA plans as a way to diversify in 2022. The key to success with MA plans is managing contracts, but this continues to be something that many agencies struggle with.
Start training and developing tools related to social determinants of health, especially ahead of the planned implementation of the OASIS-E in 2023 and national Home Health Value-Based Purchasing in 2022.
Drop the phrase “considerable and taxing effort” from your vocabulary — it can be a bright red flag for an auditor looking to dive deeper and question homebound determinations.
The code to capture COVID-19 — U07.1 (COVID-19) — was the second most commonly assigned primary diagnosis code for January through June 2021.


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