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Archive: May 2014

Medicare Policymakers Threaten the Viability of Home Care and Hospice

   by Rich Chesney
There are several Medicare policy efforts in the offing or currently underway that threaten the financial stability of home health and hospice providers. In recent months, for example, much attention has been focused on both the rebasing of home health and the elimination of “failure to thrive” diagnoses in hospice.… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation, News and Events

Identification of Patients in Need of Discharge Planning

   by Elizabeth Hogue
On May 17, 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM), Hospital Appendix A – Interpretative Guidelines for 42 CFR 482.43, Discharge Planning.  This is the second in a series of articles about these interpretative guidelines. 42 CFR Section 482.43(a) Standard:… Read more ›

Filed Under: Clinical, Legislation, News and Events

What the ICD-10 Delay Means For Your Home Health Agency

   by Ginny Kenyon, RN, MN
The news about the ICD-10 delay was a relief to plenty of home health care agencies. But the one-year delay shouldn’t be seen as a reason to postpone your preparations for the ICD-10 conversion. After all, the decision to push back the deadline was made for a good reason: to… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Coding, News and Events

Understanding the Interpretive Guidelines for Hospital Discharge Planning

   by Elizabeth Hogue
On May 17th 2013 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM), Hospital Appendix A – Interpretative Guidelines for 42 CFR 482.43, Discharge Planning.  This is the first in a series of articles about these interpretative guidelines. 42 CFR Section 482.43 provides… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Clinical, Legislation, News and Events

Hospice Item Set – Deja Vu All Over Again?

   by Barbara Rosenblum
It’s official, CMS has put its final stamp of approval on the Hospice Item Set (HIS), and that means lots of progress can be made to prepare. Vendors can confidently begin incorporating the HIS data set in their software and hospices can begin to acquaint their staff with the measures… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Legislation, News and Events

ICD-10 is Delayed. Are You Making the Mistake of Delaying Your Preparation?

   by Jennifer Warfield
The Senate’s recent vote to delay ICD-10 has taken the home health industry by storm and shock. I guess you could imagine my surprise and the surprise of other professionals in the medical industry when the House voted in favor of H. R. 4302, which stated that ICD-10 would be… Read more ›

Filed Under: Administration, Coding, Legislation, News and Events