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Last chance to save HHQI resources!

In Home Health, News by Sarah BaconLeave a Comment

The Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign website and the HHQI University learning portal will be discontinued on November 1, 2020. The HHQI website has a treasure of FREE resources to use for your QAPI projects and quality improvement activities – Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIPs) for reducing acute care hospitalizations, improving dyspnea, oral meds, pain management, and ADLs, as …

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Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program

In Long-Term Care, News by Mary MadisonLeave a Comment

Late afternoon Friday, October 16, 2020, NHSN/CDC sent the following letter to NHSN LTCF Users: Dear NHSN Long-term Care Facility Users, Immunization with a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is a critical component of our Nation’s strategy to reduce COVID-19 related illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. Early in the COVID-19 vaccination program, there may be a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine …

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In ICD-10, News by Mary Madison2 Comments

I just ran across this great updated (September 2020) MLN Fact Sheet.  This 6-page educational tool gives health care providers, suppliers, medical coders, billing and claims staff an easy reference to information on the code sets used to bill Medicare claims. Use this tool when submitting inpatient and outpatient diagnoses, procedures, and supplies on Medicare claims.  This is a resource …

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Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC; Requirements and Enforcement Process for Reporting COVID-19 Data Elements for Hospitals and CAHs

In COVID-19, Long-Term Care by Mary MadisonLeave a Comment

On October 6, 2020, CMS issued this QSO-21-03-Hospitals/CAHs memorandum.  This is a 12-page memorandum. Also included with this QSO is a Hospital Mandatory COVID-19 Reporting Enforcement Workflow document: Facilities to Report The following hospitals should report the data elements specified in the table below on a daily basis, except Psychiatric and Rehabilitation hospitals will report weekly: Short term Long term …

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CDC Updates “How COVID is Spread” Webpage

In COVID-19, News by Mary Madison2 Comments

On October 5, 2020, CDC issued updated guidance to its How COVID-19 Spreads website, which includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  This updated guidance was announced via a Media Release. “CDC continues to believe, based on current science, that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are …

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Boo to the Flu!

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Get your flu vaccine by Halloween. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is waging a campaign for citizens to get their flu shot and get it early this year.  You can help.  Encourage your residents, staff, families, friends, visitors, vendors, etc. to get this flu shot. The flu can be scary, especially for the ones we love most. Luckily, …

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Hospice QRP APU FY 2021: Successful Facilities List Posted

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On October 1, 2020, CMS posted the list of successful hospices for FY 2021 Hospice QRP.  These hospices met the CY 2019 hospice quality data reporting requirements that impact FY 2021 payment.  Successful hospices receive their full annual payment update (APU). As stated in the Fiscal Year 2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements …

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[On-demand webinar] New codes, guidelines & guidance: Coding year 2021

In Home Health, Hospice, ICD-10 by Sarah BaconLeave a Comment

Stay up-to-date on ICD-10 coding changes In this on-demand webinar, Lisa discusses the changes slated for October 1, including new codes, guidelines, and Coding Clinic guidance pertinent to home care and hospice. Do you understand the impact of your coding on PDGM? What are the more common errors that you can avoid?  Get the latest coding changes and PDGM updates …

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Claims Updated 10/1

In Home Health, Hospice, News by Lisa Selman-Holman5 Comments

The 2021 ICD-10-CM codes are to be used for discharges occurring from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021 and for patient encounters occurring from October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021. The updates based on discharge dates apply only to hospitals. The HIPAA requirement for medical code sets is any date of service after the code effective date. This …

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Oct. 1, 2020 is quickly approaching, master 2021 ICD-10 updates with ease

In Home Health, Hospice, ICD-10 by Sarah BaconLeave a Comment

Whether you need a quick update of the new 2021 codes and guidance or a full ICD-10 coding course, Selman-Holman has you covered. [Live Webinar] New codes, guidance & guidelines: What you NEED to know for coding year 2021 Sep. 17, 2020 | 12:00-1:15pm CT Join Lisa as she discusses the changes slated for October 1, including new codes, guidelines, …