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To reduce the spread of COVID-19, agency managers are looking into alternative ways for clinicians to communicate with patients and each other while securing delicate patient information.
Now that some agencies are navigating the unchartered territory of providing telehealth for home health patients, they are looking for ways to get consent from patients to ensure absolute compliance while limiting the unnecessary risk for exposure to COVID-19 spread.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accomplished what years of home health advocacy previously was unable to bring about.
While the new diagnosis code to capture COVID-19 has been in effect since April 1, coders have run into a few hiccups along the way as far as how it should be used.
CMS surveyors are starting to survey home health agencies for infection-control issues.
With the limited amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) available, special attention should be given to conserving its use during this national public health emergency.
As more home health patients start to refuse visits for fear of being exposed to COVID-19 virus, it’s crucial to have a plan and provide guidance to clinicians for handling patient refusals.
CMS has clarified some points related to homebound status and telehealth use to help home health during the national public health emergency.
With short supply of full protective gear available to protect home health care workers, agencies have important decisions to make about how they will continue to serve patients during the weeks and months ahead as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the U.S.
A home health face-to-face encounter can now happen via telehealth under a new CMS waiver.


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