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What Home Care Coders Need to Know About ICD-10

Posted on 26. Jan, 2010 by .

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With ICD-10’s 200 diabetes codes, just one code reports both the diabetes and the manifestation.

The Oct. 1, 2013 deadline may seem like a distant date, but it’s not too early to begin preparing for ICD-10 implementation. Experts advise taking…

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Hospice Documentation How-To: What it Takes to Write a Good Physician Narrative

Posted on 20. Jan, 2010 by .

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Good news! Specificity wins over length.

Hospices looking for guidance on how physicians should write their attestations of hospice patients’ terminal illnesses aren’t getting much help from a recent CMS Q&A on the matter.

“We have not mandated that specific…

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Big Home Care Players Shop for Small HHAs

Posted on 20. Jan, 2010 by .

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Remember the home health shakeout after 1997′s BBA? It’s déjà vu all over again.

Home care is anticipating “the largest period of consolidation in the industry’s history” as big players ready themselves to shop around for small companies to buy,…

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Home Care Providers Brace for Tighter HIPAA Enforcement

Posted on 20. Jan, 2010 by .

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Transitioning your home health aides to handheld electronic documentation? Read this first.

There’s a health privacy and security brewing that doesn’t appear to have much to do with home care, but there are some big reasons HHAs should…

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Test Yourself: What ‘Flu Season’ Means In OASIS C

Posted on 13. Jan, 2010 by .

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Delve into CMS’s supplemental OASIS C guidance for the answer.

Confusing wording could trip up your OASIS coding for vaccination process measures, if you don’t learn an important distinction. When you answer “yes” to M1040, you’d better make sure four…

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Home Care Washington Watch

Posted on 13. Jan, 2010 by .

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Tens of billions in home care cuts are working their way through Congress.

Home care providers need to brace for reimbursement woes if Congress finally passes its health care reform package.

After House and Senate passage of their respective reform…

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Home Care Worker Guards Homeland Security

Posted on 11. Jan, 2010 by .

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Home care patient bragged he could hide explosives in his wheelchair.

We all know home care workers are heros, but we might think of them more as Florence-Nightingale heros rather than save-the-planet heros. Revise that image now. A tip from…

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HEAT On the Lookout for Diabetic Shoe Insert Fraud

Posted on 05. Jan, 2010 by .

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Round up the usual suspects.

New places. The usual suspects — with one quirky new twist.

Last year, the Medicare Fraud Strike Force or ‘HEAT’ busted Medicare fraud rings in Miami, FL;…

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Health Care Reform Update: Home Care Cuts Advance in Congress

Posted on 05. Jan, 2010 by .

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Senate passes billions in reimbursement cuts.

Congress has yet to pass the final word on home care cuts this year, but the outlook is grim.

On Christmas Eve, the Senate approved massive health care reform legislation which includes cuts to…

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Trends: Percentage of Family Caregivers Employing Paid Help Decreases

Posted on 05. Jan, 2010 by .

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Check out the profile of adults caring for seniors over 50

Family caregivers taking care of a person who’s not in a nursing home are less likely these days to employ paid help than they were in 2004, according to…

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