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Test Your OASIS C Savvy

Posted on 10. Feb, 2010 by .

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How well do you really understand M2000 and M2002?

Scenario: On Friday you admit Mr. B, a patient with complex needs who is new to your agency. On your second visit on Saturday you compile a list of medications for

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Your Fast, Easy Connection to Home Health Web Sites on CMS

Posted on 10. Feb, 2010 by .

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Want to get to the OASIS C guidance you’re looking for fast? Bookmark this handy page of links.

If you’re looking for the home health information below, just click the link and we’ll take you straight to the page you…

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President’s Budget Calls For Billions In Home Care Cuts

Posted on 10. Feb, 2010 by .

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Prepare for fraud scrutiny to ramp up under new 2011 proposal.

Comprehensive health care reform may be up in the air, but President Obama expects billions of dollars to be stripped from home health agency spending one way or another.…

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Hospice Claims To Require Yet More Info, Says CMS Transmittal 1897

Posted on 09. Feb, 2010 by .

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April showers bring ... more paperwork.

April showers bring … more paperwork.

If the industry fails to get more specific, Medicare will start requiring line-item billing.

This spring, hospices will have yet another piece of data to include…

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Home Health Diagnosis Coding: Dehisced Wound Or Pressure Ulcer?

Posted on 03. Feb, 2010 by .

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Question: We have a patient who was admitted to service following a revision of a pedicle or flap graft (procedure code 86.75). At recertification, this wound is being called a dehisced surgical wound as it was at start of care.

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Cleveland Clinic Looks to Home Care, EHR to Reduce Readmissions

Posted on 02. Feb, 2010 by .

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Home health providers: Are you in a ‘black box?’

Medicare spends about $12 billion a year on “potentially preventable” hospital readmissions, according to MedPAC. With the feds hankering to cut health care costs, it’s only a matter of time before…

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RAC Targets Home Care Topics For Review

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by .

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We’ve got the links to help you prepare — plus one attorney’s advice for protecting your HHA.

Home health agencies and hospices may not technically be under Recovery Audit Contractor reviews just yet, but current issues that at least one…

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Hospice Experience Sheds New Light On Health Care Debate

Posted on 29. Jan, 2010 by .

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Oncologists, hospice providers & palliative caregivers shouldn’t miss this eye-opening op ed piece.

While most Americans fretted about the ‘death panel’ discussions that surfaced during last year’s health care reform debate, hospice providers — and perhaps the patients and families…

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HHA Management: Gas Prices Up, Mileage Rate Down

Posted on 26. Jan, 2010 by .

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You may save money on your travel costs, depending on how you reimburse your staff.

Your visiting staff are likely feeling the pinch when they head to the gas pump. The average U.S. price for gas is $2.74 per gallon,…

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OASIS Toolkit: Use These 4 Steps To Minimize Adverse Drug Reactions

Posted on 26. Jan, 2010 by .

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Following these steps will make M2010 and M2015 easier to answer.

Here’s the most important question to ask yourself about each of the patient’s medications: “Is there a good reason for not stopping this medicine?”

Two new OASIS C process…

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