CMS announced December 22, 2020 that they will be extending the phased-in participation of the Review Choice Demonstration for home health agencies in Florida and North Carolina until March 31, 2021.
As we saw in April 2020, there again will be an expedited release of ICD-10-CM codes related to COVID-19 effective January 1, 2021.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the last refresh for the Home Health Compare is delayed until 2022 and Care Compare replaces Home Health Compare Tool.
CMS released its final home health payment rule for 2021 on October 29, 2020. We’ve outlined important aspects of the final rule that home health providers need to know to stay informed and keep operations running smoothly.
October 1, 2020 is just around the corner, meaning it’s time for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to release the home health ICD-10-CM update files for FY 2021.
Over the course of the past year, the efforts of home health agencies have been primarily focused on adapting behaviors under the new PDGM stipulations. The stress of adhering to these new regulations was compounded by the advent of COVID-19, levying an onerous burden on home health and hospice agencies.
Clinical documentation plays many roles within healthcare. It validates the patient care provided, supports coding decisions, and facilitates claims processing, billing, and reimbursement. But at its core, clinical documentation works as a narrative in telling the patient’s story – where the patient has been, what they are going through and what the future holds for them.
Inadequate medical necessity and face-to-face (F2F) documentation are the source of many denials, and auditors will look specifically for accurate F2F and medical necessity documentation that supports the skilled services provided to patients.