Regulatory Compliance
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.
Agencies can expect continued scrutiny of payment periods with visit numbers just above the LUPA thresholds, according to a recent report.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identified six standards in addition to the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) that apply to businesses opening.
As agencies face a decrease in referrals due to the pandemic as well as the financial and operational changes due to the changeover to PDGM, it’s more important than ever to manage Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
The Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) is moving ahead regardless of the status of the public health emergency (PHE), according to a July 7 post on CMS’ website.
The percentage of home health payment periods that ended up with LUPAs increased during March 2020, in part, because patients refused care for fear of contracting COVID-19.
Beginning on Oct. 1, coders will have specific diagnosis codes to capture other pathological fractures.
Coders can get a head start on getting to know the changes to coding rules for diagnosis coding as the FY2021 ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines on Coding and Reporting were issued July 8 -- weeks ahead of the typical early August release date.
Including telehealth in the Medicare home health rules and regulations is positive for the industry.
The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) has been in effect for seven months, and industry experts have begun to see the patterns and misconceptions when it comes to coding accurately under the new payment model.


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