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Home Health Coding Education: ICD-9 Fifth Digits

Posted on 24. Mar, 2010 by .

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You save time & money when you understand that ‘last’ isn’t ‘least’

If you don’t take the time to make certain you’re selecting the most accurate fifth digit up front, you’re likely to wind up with delayed or denied claims.…

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HHS OIG Targets Hospice Overpayments

Posted on 24. Mar, 2010 by .

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Hospice claims errors cost Medicare $1.8 billion in 2006, says OIG.

Sure, the title is a real snore, but that doesn’t mean hospice providers shouldn’t wake up and check out the HHS Office of Inspector General’s

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Home Health Urinary Incontinence Assessment Tool

Posted on 17. Mar, 2010 by .

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Add these 2 questionnaires to your intake process to spot hidden urinary incontinence problems.

Any patient can experience urinary incontinence, especially if he or she is immobile,smokes, has diabetes, or pelvic muscle weakness. Use this inventory form to gauge how…

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Don’t Let Semi-Independent Bathers Wash Out Your M1830 Response

Posted on 17. Mar, 2010 by .

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OASIS Tip: Note patients’ ability to get into the tub or shower to choose correct number.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made its bathing item (M1830) safer for patients, but it removed most of the clarifying language that…

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Short of Breath: OIG Looks to Shorten Oxygen Equipment Rental Periods

Posted on 17. Mar, 2010 by .

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Power wheelchairs, pressure-reducing surfaces & other ‘usual suspects’ also make list.

The HHS Office of Inspector General has just released its Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations for 2010. How’s that for a mouthful? And though…

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Want an ICD-10 Preview Straight from the Horse’s Mouth?

Posted on 15. Mar, 2010 by .

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CMS busts ICD-10 myths in upcoming webinar. And we try some ICD-10 mythbusting ourselves.

If you’ve heard lots of rumors about ICD-10 codes lately, and want to get the real story straight from the horse’s mouth — here’s your…

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CMS Eases Up On CHOW 36-Month Rule

Posted on 11. Mar, 2010 by .

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Rule still freezes many M&As.

The feds have made good on a pledge to loosen a punishing new restriction on home health agency changes of ownership (CHOWs) — but the new rule will still hit many HHAs hard.

In regulations that…

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Home Health Reimbursement: A Picture Gets You Paid for Wound Care Management

Posted on 11. Mar, 2010 by .

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Show skin breakdown and verify your staff’s work in one step. But do this first.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so just imagine how clear and helpful it could be when you’re dealing with wound care —…

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Case Study: Orientation Tool for Hospice Staff

Posted on 11. Mar, 2010 by .

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Here’s how one hospice tackled information overload so that new staff really understood what they needed to know.

The intricacies at hospice can often be overwhelming to new staff members. That’s why one organization,

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OASIS C Tip: Urinary Incontinence

Posted on 10. Mar, 2010 by .

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Here’s where you’re getting inaccurate data during OASIS C assessments.

Simply asking your female patients about conditions prior to onset of care as OASIS C requires isn’t enough to spot urinary incontinence issues.

And left undetected, urinary incontinence issues can…

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