Regulatory Compliance
03/26/2020
Just as employers were taking a look at a bill in Congress aimed at providing paid leave for employees affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the House-passed legislation took on changes in the Senate.
03/26/2020
Come April 1, coders will have a specific ICD-10-CM diagnosis code for the COVID-19 virus.
03/26/2020
As employers prepare for impacts of the coronavirus, one important step is to review the types of health disclosures that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) does and does not allow in such times of crisis.
03/19/2020
Coders should assign E43 (Unspecified severe protein-calorie malnutrition) for patients documented as having “severe malnourishment” or being “severely malnourished,” according to the Q1 2020 Coding Clinic update, released this month.
03/19/2020
CMS has announced that Home Health Compare won't be updated as scheduled in July 2020.
03/12/2020
Home health agencies should pay attention to CMS’ administrator Seema Verma’s recent comments on accrediting organizations and accredited agencies should be prepared for additional verification surveys in the future.
03/12/2020
 
Agencies need to take steps to protect themselves when their electronic health record vendor suffers a security breach, commits fraud or otherwise drops the compliance ball. Here are nine tips that can help you out:
03/04/2020
With the Review Choice Demonstration just getting started in Texas and poised to begin in the remaining two demonstration states in May, agencies nationwide should keep an eye on successes and best practices.
03/04/2020
Agencies should verify that specific elements of the claim and the OASIS assessment match exactly in order to avoid claims being returned to provider.
03/04/2020
Coders may assign Z45.2 (Encounter for adjustment and management of vascular access device) as the principal diagnosis or the first listed secondary diagnosis code in order to be placed in the Complex Nursing clinical grouping under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), according to CMS.

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