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.
The winter storm in Texas in February provides an example for agencies in other parts of the country regarding the wide range of potential risks and the need to prepare for the unexpected.
Ready or not, yes, you must let surveyors on site at your agency even if they haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Coders should be sure to understand the sequencing guidance when determining where to place a code for sepsis when it is linked to COVID-19 — as this is a newer code combination for home health.
Be sure to review LUPA claims to determine whether they have been paid correctly based on the correct episode and period of care sequence.
You may be wondering whether electronic messages or postings on the company’s intranet system will satisfy government requirements to provide notice to employees about their rights. The DOL recently answered the question the way most lawyers do: It depends.
Give your clinicians and quality staff these practice scenarios to help them stay up-to-date on the latest CMS guidance related to OASIS GG items.
As surveys resume for home health agencies, it might be a good time to remind clinicians about some of the keys for determining whether maintenance therapy is appropriate and the correct ways to document it to avoid negative survey outcomes and claim denials.
Coders soon may have a new diagnosis code to capture post COVID-19 conditions or cases when a patient continues to have lingering symptoms after the infection is gone, ICD-10-CM officials announced during the virtual March 10 ICD-10-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s announcement of plans to rescind final rules related to independent contractors and joint employers should put employers on notice that a less employer-friendly day is coming, attorneys who advise employers say.


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