Hospice Census Numbers Slipping?

Posted on 07. Apr, 2010 by in Money Matters.

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Try taking a look at unusual referral sources.

There’s been a general rumbling in the hospice community of late — census numbers are dropping or leveling off. Have you been impacted?

Economy, Medicare Regs Likely to Blame

Determining precisely what…

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Direct Care: Older Personal and Home Care Aides Looking After Elderly

Posted on 07. Apr, 2010 by in Hot Topics.

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Labor market faces an aging workforce in short supply.      

The US will have 1.2 million direct-care female workers who are 55 years and older by 2018, or 30 percent of the country’s direct-care workforce. This increase — rising…

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HHA Staff Development: Celebrate Your CNAs

Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by in Tool Kit.

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Antoinette 'Nettie' Keeter

Case Study: How one hospice has created a culture of excellence for its CNAs

Often, nurses are the focus when it comes to home healthcare staffing. While their services…

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Defend Your HHA Against MSW Denials

Posted on 24. Mar, 2010 by in Money Matters.

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Routine social worker evaluations can torpedo your claims.

Sole nursing visit denials may be more common, but sole medical social worker visit problems can cost you a pretty penny too when they result in LUPAs.

Medical reviewers for regional home…

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Home Health Coding Education: ICD-9 Fifth Digits

Posted on 24. Mar, 2010 by in Money Matters.

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You save time & money when you understand that ‘last’ isn’t ‘least’

If you don’t take the time to make certain you’re selecting the most accurate fifth digit up front, you’re likely to wind up with delayed or denied claims.…

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HHS OIG Targets Hospice Overpayments

Posted on 24. Mar, 2010 by in Breaking News.

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Hospice claims errors cost Medicare $1.8 billion in 2006, says OIG.

Sure, the title is a real snore, but that doesn’t mean hospice providers shouldn’t wake up and check out the HHS Office of Inspector General’s

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HHA Helps Keep Patients at Home …

Posted on 23. Mar, 2010 by in Hot Topics.

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Nicci Kobritz

… and out of nursing facilities … What you can learn to help your own patients

Sometimes, home health agencies lose patients when they get well, but just as often…

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Home Health Urinary Incontinence Assessment Tool

Posted on 17. Mar, 2010 by in Tool Kit.

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Add these 2 questionnaires to your intake process to spot hidden urinary incontinence problems.

Any patient can experience urinary incontinence, especially if he or she is immobile,smokes, has diabetes, or pelvic muscle weakness. Use this inventory form to gauge how…

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Don’t Let Semi-Independent Bathers Wash Out Your M1830 Response

Posted on 17. Mar, 2010 by in Hot Topics.

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OASIS Tip: Note patients’ ability to get into the tub or shower to choose correct number.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made its bathing item (M1830) safer for patients, but it removed most of the clarifying language that…

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Short of Breath: OIG Looks to Shorten Oxygen Equipment Rental Periods

Posted on 17. Mar, 2010 by in Money Matters.

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Power wheelchairs, pressure-reducing surfaces & other ‘usual suspects’ also make list.

The HHS Office of Inspector General has just released its Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations for 2010. How’s that for a mouthful? And though…

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