It’s apparent that home health providers are struggling with efficient visit utilization under PDGM. By leveraging best practice episode management strategies, however, providers can drive efficient visit utilization, deliver high quality care and ensure financial viability.
One component of the hospice certification of terminal illness requirements is the narrative summary, a brief narrative designed to explain clinical findings that support a life expectancy of six months or less.
Although the January 1, 2019 implementation date has come and gone, agencies should not lessen their focus on accurate OASIS-D data set collection. Just like any new process, agencies need to provide support through this OASIS-D learning curve. In addition to developing new assessment practices, clinicians are learning guidance that often conflict between items that assess the same functional activity.
When health care providers repeatedly fail to reach compliance with the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) guidelines, the OIG will issue them a Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA). Under the CIA process, organizations enter into a mandatory agreement to improve their practices over a five-year time frame with outlined compliance guidelines set forth by the OIG.
A common question asked among coders is, “is this a complication or is this a sequela”? Following specific coding guidelines will ensure that costly errors are avoided for these two very different coding situations.
OASIS-D is the latest data set for home health agencies to utilize and will be effective January 1, 2019. The focus of this latest revision is on quality and comparison of those quality indicators.
The July release of the Home Health OASIS July 2018 Quarterly Q&As brings promise that CMS is back on track to continue quarterly updates that address agency OASIS questions. Perhaps, one of the most complex responses was the insight provided on “what is” and “what is not” a surgical wound in the context of PleurX catheters.
Check out these tips when coding blindness and low vision. Documentation training and education is crucial to correctly code blindness and low vision conditions. Category-level tabular instruction at H54.- (Blindness and low vision) requires...