No-Fault Divorce Creates Shortage of Family Caregivers

Posted on 26. Aug, 2009 by in Did You Know?.

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Who got the van? Who gets the caregiver? Photo: Marshall Astor.

Here’s just one more reason you’ll never see HHAs go away: The first generation to split en masse after no-fault divorce…

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Checklist: Dx Code Sequencing That Boosts Your Bottom Line

Posted on 26. Aug, 2009 by in Money Matters.



1, 2, 3 ... all together now.

1, 2, 3 … all together now.

If you think ‘secondary’ means ‘second,’ think again.

Here’s one more good financial reason for clinicians and reimbursement personnel to collaborate closely.

Only the…

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Look For These HCPCS Codes To Pull Audits

Posted on 26. Aug, 2009 by in Breaking News.


If your HHA provides pressure reducing supplies to help patients with decubitus ulcers, get ready for some audit scrutiny ahead.

Inappropriate Medicare payments for pressure reducing support surfaces amounted to about $33 million for these items during the first half…

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Arthritis Kits? A Texas HEAT Update

Posted on 19. Aug, 2009 by in Breaking News.


If your HHA provides DME (such as scooters and power wheelchairs), DME supplies (such as inhalers and nebulizers) or enteral feeding supplies, there’s more reason than ever for your claims to be squeaky clean.

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Tackle OASIS C With These 5 Tips

Posted on 18. Aug, 2009 by in Tool Kit.


Do you know where your clinicians will most likely fumble assessment?

Here’s a 5-step game plan for transitioning to OASIS C by Jan. 1 — straight from the team at Eli’s Home Care Week.

1. Get on top of your

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K0823: Double-Check Your Wheelchair Coding To Avoid Losses

Posted on 20. Jul, 2009 by in Money Matters.


You could be losing $977 per K0823 claim if you’re not coding correctly, according to a new HHS Office of Inspector General report.

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Study: Does Meaning-Based Therapy Help Late-Stage Cancer Patients?

Posted on 17. Jul, 2009 by in Did You Know?.

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When Lance Can’t Help

Hospice professionals will want to keep a close eye on the findings of an ongoing psycho-oncology study at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

The study aims…

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Less End-of-Life Depression, Anxiety at Mother House

Posted on 08. Jul, 2009 by in Hot Topics.


“They have better deaths than any I’ve ever seen,” says Dr. Robert C. McCann, a geriatrician at the University of Rochester. Who are these people, where is this place, and what can home care and hospice professionals learn from it?

Welcome to…

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Medicare Fraud Hunter Reveals Home Health Data Mining Playbook

Posted on 06. Jul, 2009 by in Tool Kit.


HHAs take note: John S. Darden, a DOJ senior trial attorney who has worked the HIV infusion busts in Miami and

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The Home Care Provider’s Guide to Health Reform Legislation

Posted on 06. Jul, 2009 by in Breaking News.


Home care could be in for some big budget cuts.

The outcome of the health care reform debate on Capitol Hill is still far from certain, but home care providers are doing their darndest to make sure they aren’t slighted in forthcoming legislation.

Senate lawmakers had hoped to have…

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