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By Joyce Famakinwa | February 13, 2020 In an effort to address the growing demand for home care services and worsening labor crunch, one U.S. lawmaker has introduced a bill that could help providers raise wages for their caregivers. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) introduced S. 3277 — the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Infrastructure Improvement Act — into...
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The home health industry is just a few short months away from the biggest reimbursement overhaul it’s seen in nearly two decades: Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). As the new model’s Jan. 1, 2020 implementation nears, providers nationwide are preparing to navigate its complex changes. That’s especially true when it comes to therapy utilization, which will...
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Earlier this year, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) made waves when it rolled out new software that makes its Alexa device HIPAA-compliant.  The new skills kit allows select patients and health care organizations to securely transmit sensitive medical information — often from the comfort of one’s own home. While the implications of the skills have the home-based care...
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If you operate a home health agency, Laura Long and her colleagues are probably the last people you want to hear from.  Long is the Medicare operations lead at AdvanceMed, one of five unified program integrity contractors (UPICs) nationwide hired by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to audit and investigation home health...
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The long-standing moratoria on new Medicare home health agencies is no longer in effect anywhere in the U.S. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allowed the temporary ban to expire on Jan. 30, a move that will likely improve patient access to home-based care in related markets, experts say. CMS initially implemented a...
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Rural hospitals close when they don’t have enough paying patients to care for, but they’re also dinged when the same patients show up over and over again. That puts outlying medical facilities in the precarious position of needing to avoid repeat customers. Charlotte Potts is the type of patient some hospitals try to avoid. She...
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In many ways, 2018 was a coming of age for the home care industry, as it steadily became recognized as a key part of the overall continuum of care due to its ability to keep older adults safely at home and out of the hospital.  Among the biggest changes to home care in 2018: the...
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Failing to supply medical records in response to additional documentation requests (ADRs) was Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Palmetto GBA’s most common reason for denial of home health claims between April and June 2018, Palmetto data show. Face-to-face encounter requirements not met took the No. 2 slot. Denial code 56900 (Auto denial — requested records not...
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By Robert Holly | June 27, 2018 One measure behind home health quality of patient care star ratings may be on its way out, but another is poised to take its place. The Medicare Learning Network, an education and outreach arm of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), outlined two recommended changes to quality...
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