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Insight 2021 – agenda available now!

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

Join us live in Nashville or online, Aug. 8-11, for our industry’s most comprehensive home health and hospice training event. Insight offers two complete tracks with 25+ hours of in-depth training plus online bonus sessions covering topics like hospice, QRP and OASIS timepoints.  Track 1 – Coding & OASIS PDGM challenges, lessons learned in RCD and navigating the PHE Updates for coding …

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National Nurses Week: May 6 – 12, 2021

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare May 6th is National Nurses Day. National Nurses Day is celebrated to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It kicks off the annual observation of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12th – the birthday of Florence Nightingale (200th birthday in 2020). This year’s theme is Celebrating Our Frontline Warriors. This is …

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Insight 2021 – Session Spotlight 💡

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

Stay ahead of the latest industry updates and changes at Insight 2021, Aug. 8-11. Led by Lisa Selman-Holman and our industry’s top experts, Insight 2021 will cover: The impact of COVID on the industry In-depth ICD-10 diagnosis coding with scenarios, tips & more OASIS-D1  guidance and challenges + OASIS-E intro 2022 updates including new codes, guidance & guidelines PDGM, RAP, …

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HQRP Quarterly Update for 1st Quarter of 2021 Available

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare The Hospice Quarterly Update for the first quarter of 2021 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from January 2021 to March 2021, events and engagement opportunities for the second quarter of 2021 (April – June 2021), and selected questions and answers from the Hospice Quality Help Desk. Please …

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Hospice Payment Rate Update for FY 2022

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare On April 8, 2021, CMS issued a proposed rule that would provide routine updates to hospice base payments and the aggregate cap amount for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This proposed rule also includes a comment solicitation regarding hospice utilization. In addition, this rule proposes to rebase the hospice labor shares and clarify certain …

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Who Are Our Health Care Workers?

In COVID-19, Home Health, Hospice, Long-Term Care, News by Mary MadisonLeave a Comment

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare We’ve been talking about health care workers a lot during this public health emergency/pandemic. Just who are these workers? The U.S. Census Bureau has some answers. Many of the nation’s health care workers are now on the front line of the battle with COVID-19. Who are these people putting their lives at risk daily …

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Hospices: Create an Effective Plan of Care

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare In the February 11, 2021 edition of  MLN Connects, you’ll find this posting of valuable hospice resources (information in brackets added by me): An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report [38 pages – July 2019] found that most hospices have at least one deficiency in their quality of care. Review the Creating an …

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Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Quarterly Updates for October – December 2020

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This document provides Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP)-related updates on events and guidance from the 4th Quarter of 2020 (October-December 2020) and prepares for 1st Quarter of 2021 (January –March 2021). Some examples of what you’ll find in the document are: The Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Requirements and Best Practices website with many resources is found here.   This webpage …

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New Codes for COVID-19

In COVID-19, Home Health, Hospice, Long-Term Care by Lisa Selman-Holman2 Comments

In an unprecedented move, the CDC has approved new codes for COVID-19 effective with dates of stay January 1, 2021 or later. Code changes are reserved for October 1 each year with April 1 as a date for emergency changes. April 1, 2020 was the effective date for the U07.1 code for COVID-19. New codes effective January 1 include J12.82, …

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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 …