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Initial Visit and SOC Comprehensive Assessment – not the same thing!

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Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency(PHE), CMS has waived the Home Health Condition of Participation under 42 CFR § 484.55(a) regarding the initial assessment:  This change allows home health agencies to perform initial assessments and determine patients’ homebound status remotely or by record review. However, the initial assessment visit is NOT the same as the Start of Care comprehensive …

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CLARITY for Home Health Agencies

In Blog, News by Lisa Selman-Holman8 Comments

Annette Lee, RN, MS, COS-C from Provider Insights, Inc. has provided more clarity for home health agencies during this time. Read the full summary below. So, last night, CMS published a “Fact Sheet” of additional blanket waivers and flexibilities provided to the home health industry.  Immediately, we all heard different interpretations. Today, like many of us, I spent the day reading the …

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Interim Final Rule on Telehealth in Home Health CMS-1744-IFC

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The HH PPS provides payment for all services furnished under the Medicare home health benefit as outlined in section 1861(m) of the Act in the form of a “bundled” 30-day unit of payment that is adjusted for case-mix and area wage differences in accordance with section 1895(b) of the Act. Section 1895(e)(1)(A) of the Act states that nothing under section …

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Interim Final Rule on Homebound

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Interim Final Rule on Homebound CMS-1744-IFC Per sections 1814(a) and 1835(a) of the Act, an individual shall be considered to be “confined to his home” if the individual has a condition, due to an illness or injury, that restricts the ability of the individual to leave his or her home except with the assistance of another individual or the aid …

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Update #2: Changes in our World of HH & Hospice related to COVID-19

In Blog, ICD-10, News by Lisa Selman-Holman2 Comments

Annette Lee, RN, MS, COS-C from Provider Insights, Inc. has provided more updates on the information released by CMS related to COVID-19. Read the full summary below. Well, within 24 hours from my last email this week, we had more news and clarifications, and today, even better and bigger changes will provide us with a little relief!! I know you are …

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New Code for COVID-19 Effective April 1

In ICD-10, News by Lisa Selman-Holman7 Comments

The new code for COVID-19, U07.1, is one of two new codes to be added to the code set effective April 1, 2020. New codes are usually effective on October 1, except in the case of emergency, so we will have two codes in the new U chapter, one for COVID-19 and one related to vaping. There is currently no …

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Changes in Our World of HH and Hospice related to COVID-19

In News by Sarah Bacon5 Comments

Annette Lee, RN, MS, COS-C from Provider Insights, Inc. has provided a summary of the information released by CMS related to COVID-19. Read the full summary below. What a whirlwind we have all been through in the last couple of weeks.  There has been a LOT of information in the last 10 days – changes hourly sometimes!  I wanted to …

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has written a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma

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Please see this article from the National Association for Home Care (NAHC): The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has written a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, pointing out that providing quality health care in the home is one of the best ways to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Therefore, it makes sense for CMS …

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Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 in Home Health Agencies

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On March 10, 2020, CMS issued QSO-20-18-HHA…Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 in Home Health Agencies This 7-page memorandum addresses (and contains links to additional information): Which patients are at risk for severe disease for COVID-19? How should HHAs screen patients for COVID-19? How should HHAs monitor or restrict home visits for health care staff? Do all patients with …

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Selman-Holman to expand learning opportunities for Home Care and Skilled Nursing professionals in 2020

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Lisa Selman-Holman to serve on NAHC Education Committee, develop new educational offerings for coders and clinicians As Selman-Holman continues to expand its offerings for home care and skilled nursing professionals, we’re excited to announce a number of new educational initiatives for 2020. Beginning in 2020, Lisa Selman-Holman will serve on the Education Committee for the National Association for Home Care …