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Agencies that streamline the documentation process may see faster completion and improved clinician productivity, benefiting both agency costs and employee retention.
A newly proposed 1.7% payment cut from CMS will mean fewer patients getting the care they need at home, warns industry leaders.
Post-acute care providers are slowly beginning to utilize budding artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to benefit clinician productivity. For others planning to embark on this same journey, experts advise against abandoning solid clinical judgement. It’s also important to develop guidelines for clinicians and protect patient information.
HHS’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the rule, which bars discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race and sex, on April 26. The measure goes into effect July 5, though OCR stated that it will allow agencies additional time to comply with certain requirements.
Part of the new guidance will require agency management to be able to identify the nationally recognized source for infection prevention and control standards that the agency uses. They’ll also have to be capable of explaining why those standards were chosen for incorporation into the agency’s program.
Beware of MAC activity when your patient changes a physician/practitioner. Some agencies under the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) say they have gotten non-affirmation letters for lack of documentation to support the handoff between the two providers. Experts stress they see no clear regulation that supports this requirement.
Measuring key performance indicators commonly linked to rehospitalization will allow agencies to recognize recurring patterns and downward trends in patient care. 
Plan of care and certification issues edged out face-to-face encounter mistakes in the latest round of Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) denials.
Make sure that you’re training clinicians annually on best practices around workplace violence prevention. It’s one of the key recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following the death of a home health clinician in Connecticut in October.
Hospice, home health and other post-acute care providers are getting a clearer picture of CMS’ plans for capturing Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) items in the future, with a request for information in the hospice payment rule laying out questions CMS envisions asking patients.


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