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.
02/25/2021
Agencies are receiving new guidance from Medicare Administrative Contractors to address one of several issues that have caused erroneously rejected RAPs and claims since the start of the year.
02/25/2021
Coach your clinicians on how to have difficult conversations with patients about anxiety and depression as these conditions, which are on the rise due to the pandemic, can lead to negative outcomes.
02/25/2021
As CMS looks to introduce new measures focused on care delivery, hospice providers should review their claims data to identify areas where they may be underperforming.
02/25/2021
Just over half, 60%, of the top 10 primary diagnoses in the first five months of 2020 were made up of conditions exclusively grouped to either cardiac or respiratory categories.
02/25/2021
This table shows the average case-mix weight for 30-day periods in 2020, the first full year of PDGM.
02/19/2021
Experts answer questions on some of the hot topics in home health, including challenges with face-to-face compliance, addressing HIPAA concerns during the pandemic and what agencies need to know about the CMS push toward a value-based home health payment model.
02/18/2021
Home health services conducted via telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic will be audited by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) according to a recent announcement that has left home health agencies, and consultants that work with them, wondering why the government would audit services that are not reimbursable by CMS.
02/18/2021
New workplace guidance on COVID-19 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers an important reminder that employee education on PPE and pandemic protocols is critical. That is particularly true in an industry with so many staff members working remotely, according to experts on infection control and compliance.
02/18/2021
Implementing a new code to capture COVID-19 in April 2020 was, of course, necessary. However, the changing guidelines and lack of clarification made it challenging for coders to assign all of the correct diagnosis codes.

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