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The Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) Cigna Government Services (CGS) and National Government Services (NGS) have set hospice eligibility criteria for patients with cancer as their terminal diagnosis that include assessing the non-disease-specific criteria alongside the disease-specific criteria. As with all … Keep Reading
The Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) Cigna Government Services (CGS), National Government Services (NGS), and Palmetto set disease-specific criteria for eligibility for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) disease that include assessing the non-disease specific criteria alongside the disease-specific criteria. As with all … Keep Reading
The Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) Cigna Government Services (CGS), National Government Services (NGS), and Palmetto set disease-specific eligibility criteria for Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders that include assessing the non-disease specific criteria alongside the disease-specific criteria. With Alzheimer’s Disease and … Keep Reading
Approximately 13.3 million children (or 18% of all children in the United States) have special healthcare needs. As of 2017, about half of those children received support services that were provided by Medicaid. Children with special healthcare needs are medically … Keep Reading
Medication management is very important to the health and safety of our patients and clients. Here are five questions to assist caregivers with making sure clients and their families stay safe using and being around medications. Did You Know? Medication … Keep Reading
The Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) Palmetto, Cigna Government Services (CGS) and National Government Services (NGS) set disease-specific criteria for eligibility for cardiac disease that include assessing the non-disease specific criteria alongside the disease-specific criteria. As with all diagnoses for hospice … Keep Reading
The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is a payment reimbursement model that was introduced to the home health industry in 2020, an impactful revision on a system that hadn’t been altered in 20 years. This change did not affect the Conditions … Keep Reading
A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order is not required to be enrolled in hospice care. However, many providers believe it to be the most appropriate treatment choice for patients, given the severity of their condition. Hospice patients and family members … Keep Reading
May is Mental Health Month in the United States, and Axxess joins the national movement to promote the importance of mental health. Throughout the month of May, organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) run campaigns dedicated to … Keep Reading
Medications are crucial for many people to perform daily activities that might otherwise be difficult. As we age, more medications are often required, and our bodies may handle medications differently than when we were younger, such as the liver and … Keep Reading
The scrutiny by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on general inpatient (GIP) level of care over the last few years has many agencies concerned about providing any level of care other than routine home care (RHC) for the … Keep Reading
I have a ‘pet peeve’ that I mention often when I speak at events. The Electronic Medical Record (EMR) was designed to assist the clinician in creating a “Point of Care” method of documentation that would improve communication among disciplines, … Keep Reading

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