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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 …

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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

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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, …

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Creating an Effective Hospice Plan of Care

In Hospice, News by Mary Madison2 Comments

MLN Connects has provided a Fact Sheet: Creating an Effective Hospice Plan of Care that hospice providers will want to review and share with their team. “The hospice Plan of Care (POC) maps out needs and services supplied for a Medicare patient facing a terminal illness, as well as the patient’s family/caregiver. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) …

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Hospice FY2021 Final Rule Issued

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On July 31, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule CMS-1733-F that updates fiscal year (FY) 2021 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries. CMS is publishing this final rule consistent with the legal requirements to update Medicare payment policies for hospices on an annual basis. In recognition of the …