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5 Tips Help You Steer Clear of Sharps Injuries

Posted on 09. Jun, 2010 by .

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Don’t stick with this No. 1 bad habit known to cause injuries.

Prevention is the best remedy for needlestick and other sharps injuries, which can be largely avoided if you follow these key strategies.

1. Know the ropes for safely

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OASIS C: Focus on Patient’s Ability When Responding to 1810/1820

Posted on 02. Jun, 2010 by .

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Hint: Modified clothing choices could level the playing field.

After struggling for months to dress herself, your patient decides to modify her clothing choices so that she is no longer dependent on an aide for help.

Do you know how…

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RACs Won’t Keep Fees After Losing Appeals

Posted on 02. Jun, 2010 by .

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Plus: You’ll soon be able to review the most common errors that the RACs find.

The feds are attempting to limit the amount of bounty that the so-called RAC “bounty hunters” are able to collect, to the delight of many…

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Know the Exceptions to Master Late Effect ICD-9 Coding

Posted on 26. May, 2010 by .

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Late effect of CVA turns guidelines upside down.

When coding for late effects, sequencing is everything. Keep one rule of thumb and two exceptions in mind and you’ll be accurate every time.

Here’s When to Report Late Effects

A late…

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Know Your Patient’s Rights: Does Your Hospice NOE Pass Muster?

Posted on 26. May, 2010 by .

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Don’t let these four common errors trip up your claims.

Are you sure your notice of election statement covers all the bases? The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) Fall 2009 report found that that 33 percent of the hospice claims…

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Face-To-Face Encounters Affect Both HHAs And Hospices

Posted on 19. May, 2010 by .

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And HHAs may be on the hook retroactively.

If you were breathing a sigh of relief that your home health agency wouldn’t have to worry about face-to-face encounters after CMS’s announcement in the last Open Door Forum that they didn’t…

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Get the Skinny on ICD-9 Symptom Coding

Posted on 12. May, 2010 by .

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Read sequencing instructions to catch exceptions to the symptom coding rule.

You’ve heard it said before: Don’t code the symptom when you have a definitive diagnosis. But even when you keep this general guideline in mind, symptoms can still trip…

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Medicaid RACs Slated To Fire Up This Year

Posted on 12. May, 2010 by .

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Will the new Medicaid bounty hunters duplicate MIC scrutiny?

If you submit claims to Medicaid, get ready for another set of eyes looking over your shoulder.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) calls for every state Medicaid program…

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Hospices Turn to Health Law for Hope

Posted on 12. May, 2010 by .

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Ten-million-dollar cut in Medicare reimbursements may trigger reduced services.

Despite the hard-hitting $10 million decrease in Medicare reimbursements this year, hospice and palliative care facilities clung to the recently passed health bill for some hope. The bill reduced the cut…

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Family Caregivers Get Lonely and Depressed

Posted on 05. May, 2010 by .

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Interventions to avoid breakdowns remain ineffective, study shows.

Family caregivers of patients with dementia usually get depressed due to stress. And they are often left alone to deal with their depression, according to a study conducted by Penn State and…

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