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Avoid These Pressure Ulcer Land Mines On OASIS C

Posted on 13. Jan, 2010 by .

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Best bet: Start by learning what stage each item asks about.

You should be hitting the pressure ulcer items heavily in your OASIS C training, or you’ll be paying the price in your reimbursement and outcomes. Don’t expect to make…

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HHA Case Study: Use Your Therapists To Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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Patient education is just as important as your therapists’ education.

With your patient outcomes and even survey results on the line, curbing hospital readmissions should be at the top of your to-do list. And with pay for performance expected around…

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Home Health CODING: Double-Check Documentation or Risk Low Vision Downcoding

Posted on 09. Dec, 2009 by .

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Case mix diagnosis bring claim scrutiny.

Auditors are looking closely at claims with low vision diagnoses. Keep a sharp eye on your documentation to ensure it contains the essentials required to earn reimbursement for this case mix condition.

Low vision…

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Don’t Let A Subcontractor’s False Claims Tank Your HHA’s Compliance

Posted on 04. Nov, 2009 by .

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Audit and monitor your staffing arrangements — before the feds do.

Just when you thought compliance with the False Claims Act (FCA) put enough on your plate, Congress has passed another rule that could leave you in regulators’ crosshairs.

As…

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Home Health Coding: Gather Details for COPD Case Mix Points

Posted on 04. Nov, 2009 by .

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Question: Your 82-year-old patient lives alone and has a history of falls. He was admitted to home care for severe pain due to osteoarthritis in bilateral knees. You will be providing physical therapy and skilled nursing. He also has a

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How Does Your HHA’s Patient Satisfaction Measure Up?

Posted on 04. Nov, 2009 by .

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Can you guess the area where home care patients are least satisfied?

Home care aides are working overtime to improve quality and increase patient satisfaction — and their efforts are paying off.

A survey of more than 105,000 patients treated by…

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Factor These Facets of Bereavement Care Into Your Hospice Programs

Posted on 04. Nov, 2009 by .

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This 9-item checklist helps you achieve a first-rate program.

Hospice-provided bereavement care can provide a broad range benefits to the grieving. According to Theo Munson, MPH, manager of bereavement services for Lifetime Care/Hospice in Rochester, N.Y., a comprehensive program should…

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Home Health PPS 2010 Update

Posted on 21. Oct, 2009 by .

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Warning: Proposed rule doesn’t give you the instructions you need for compliant skilled services billing.

Figuring out which services Medicare will pay for is a toughie — but don’t think you’ll be able to look to CMS for guidance.…

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Home Health Coding: 3 Steps Pinpoint The Correct Dementia ICD-9

Posted on 20. Oct, 2009 by .

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Hint: You’ll never report 294.1 alone.

If your patients’ physicians are like most, they document that patients have dementia but don’t provide specifics about the type or cause.

Problem: Without specifics, you are likely under-reporting patients’actual conditions. Follow this expert…

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