Regulatory Compliance
11/13/2019
CMS has re-released an MLN Matter article to confirm the decision to suppress payments associated with requests for anticipated payment (RAPs) for new agencies also impacts existing agencies that have undergone a change of ownership.
11/06/2019
CMS has eased off of plans to implement an 8.01% decrease in agencies’ payments due to changes it anticipates agencies will make in response to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) in 2020.
11/06/2019
Coders will now be able to assign six R-codes for dysphagia as a primary diagnosis under the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM).
11/06/2019
CMS is moving full steam ahead toward implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) on Jan. 1, 2020, and agencies must take advantage of the remaining time to prepare.
11/06/2019
Big changes are coming to the OASIS in 2021, and CMS expects a draft of the revised assessment in early 2020, according to the 2020 PPS final rule.
10/31/2019
Agencies should analyze the way they operate and take a team approach to making key adjustments now in order to prepare for implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) on Jan. 1, 2020.
 
10/31/2019
CMS has delayed implementation of the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) in Texas, North Carolina and Florida.
10/31/2019
Days after the Oct. 15 release of October 2019 quarterly OASIS Q&As, CMS has removed one of the questions and re-released the Q&A document.
10/24/2019
Agencies will no longer be required to provide patients with a verbal notification of all their rights — with two exceptions — based on changes finalized in a rule designed to reduce burden in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
10/17/2019
It has become more imperative than ever to comply with HIPAA. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has reduced the annual penalty limits for many HIPAA violations — but appears to be increasing the pressure on providers to follow the rules.

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