Regulatory Compliance
07/24/2017
Following a recent DecisionHealth webinar about how to prepare for CMS’ revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), agencies asked questions of home health consultant J’non Griffin, president of Home Health Solutions, LLC in Carbon Hill, Ala. Here are some of Griffin’s answers.
07/24/2017
Officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have delayed a new electronic recordkeeping rule that’s being challenged in more than one federal courtroom.
07/24/2017
The revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) require agencies to resolve complaints. A resolution means you’ve acknowledged and investigated the complaint, come to a decision about what to do, and acted upon that decision, says attorney Robert Markette of Indianapolis-based Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman.
07/20/2017
Two months after CMS said there was no plan for another round of the probe-and-educate review for home health, the possibility of an expanded review is inching closer to reality.
07/17/2017
In a new rule announcing that the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) would be delayed by six months, CMS noted that final interpretive guidelines for surveyors won’t be released until December — a month before the CoPs take effect.
07/17/2017
Conduct an agency-specific risk assessment to determine which disasters present the greatest risk and will need the most attention before the emergency prep rules take effect Nov. 15.
07/17/2017
The clock has been reset, and agencies that haven’t taken steps to prepare for the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) now have six more months to ready themselves.
07/17/2017
Agencies should assign J43.9 (Emphysema, unspecified), not J44.9 (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified), for a patient who has emphysema along with other components of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) starting Oct. 1.
07/17/2017
The massive backlog of appeals at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level has begun to decrease, according to new data HHS has provided HHL. But for many providers ensnared in the backlog, it’s still likely to be years before their case is heard.
07/06/2017
The massive backlog of appeals at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) level has begun to decrease, according to new data HHS has provided HHL. But for many providers ensnared in the backlog, it’s still likely to be years before their case is heard.

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