An article by Axxess President and CEO John Olajide was featured in D Healthcare today. It is titled “Major Change Now Imminent for Providers: Are You Ready for ICD-10?” The article discusses key readiness factors to consider before transitioning to the new medical code set, effective October 1, 2015.
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Last month, CMS published a change request effecting change for Medical Review of Medicare-covered home health services. The changes in how contracted home health medical record reviewers are instructed to assess claims, according to CR 9189, go into effect August 11, 2015.
Many agencies are not familiar with this change request,... Keep Reading
A lot of elderly people in the US live on their own. According to the Census website, about 32% ofwomen and 13% of men 65 to 74 live alone. As well as 57% of women and 13% of men aged 85 or more. Many elderly prefer living this way instead... Keep Reading
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed a rule, continuing its commitment to transform the Medicare program to a system based on quality and healthy outcomes. The proposed rule includes updates to payment policies, adjustments to physician payments, updates to the Physician Quality Reporting System, and updates... Keep Reading
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of Star Ratings for all Medicare-certified home healthcare agencies, as part of its ongoing rollout of Star Rating systems across healthcare settings on Compare websites on Medicare.gov. CMS has created the Home Health Compare website to share information... Keep Reading
Summary of the CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and the National Response...
The home healthcare world was rocked yet again on July 6, 2015 with the announcement of the 2016 Proposed Rule, “CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value Based Purchasing Model;... Keep Reading
Just as nutrition and exercise are vital to an individual’s health, Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) is necessary for the business wellbeing of a home healthcare organization. An EVV system electronically verifies the date, time and location of the patient visit. Using an Electronic Visit Verification system creates a culture of... Keep Reading
Last week, The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the sentencing of a doctor for his role in one of the most horrific healthcare fraudulent schemes in history. It involved 553 patients and $34 million from fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary treatments, kickbacks and money laundering. Click here to... Keep Reading
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, there have been many changes to the healthcare industry. As the Act continues to rollout, healthcare providers are considering how it will affect the care they give, their reimbursements and how their clinicians will practice.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides five steps to readiness for the impending ICD-10 transitioln. From planning to codes to forms to vendors and testing -- healthcare providers need to be ready to file claims with the new ICD-10 code set on October 1. Click here to... Keep Reading