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Patient rehospitalizations have a significant impact on home health organizations and can be prevented in many situations. Every year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) penalizes acute care hospitals that have too many Medicare patients readmitted within 30 … Keep Reading
Claims-based audits are rising, causing an increase in administrative overhead that many hospices cannot afford. Experts say the key factor to curb these audits is accurate hospice eligibility. As a result, experts are warning hospices to enforce a tighter review … Keep Reading
Sometimes called a Significant Change in Condition (SCIC), an Other Follow-Up OASIS assessment can impact reimbursement for a home health organization if performed at the appropriate time. An OASIS, or Outcome and Assessment Information Set, is an extensive assessment tool … Keep Reading
With any new patients over the age of 18, home healthcare clinicians are required to complete a lengthy assessment designed to enable systematic comparative measurements for outcomes, called the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS). In part one of this … Keep Reading
The home care suction log is a simple document with extraordinary reach. At first glance, the suction log can seem like just a piece of paper with a client suction count, but it can be used for so much more. … Keep Reading
The year 2020 will certainly be remembered as one of the most challenging years in memory, thanks in part to a microscopic virus known as COVID-19 and the world’s response to it. However, it is not the only strain of … Keep Reading
Administrators and designated staff in home care organizations spend countless hours working on authorization requests. Tracking requests can be time-consuming and difficult to maintain, and most organizations have unfortunately experienced large write-offs that come with missing or late authorizations. Meticulous … Keep Reading
Hospice criteria for patients with renal disease as their terminal diagnosis includes assessing the non-disease-specific criteria alongside the disease-specific criteria. The renal disease Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) are highly dependent on the decision not to seek dialysis or a kidney … Keep Reading
There are many misconceptions about memory loss and depression today. While both conditions can be symptoms of a larger illness, neither is a direct result of the aging process in and of itself. Neither is an inevitable part of aging … Keep Reading
The annual ICD-10-CM changes through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) go into effect on October 1. It is important for home health organizations to know what these changes are and how they will impact the Patient-Driven Groupings … Keep Reading
Although most patients in hospice are discharged due to death, live discharges do occur and are reviewed for each survey. The reasons for live discharge can include extended prognosis, leaving the service area, revocation, transfer to another hospice and discharge … Keep Reading
The relationship between long-term care facilities and hospice organizations can be very fragile. Both entities are responsible for caring for the same patients but under different regulatory guidelines. Effects from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have stressed these relationships further, specifically … Keep Reading


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