Mar 14th, 2022
Prices at the pump set shocking new records. Increased gas prices are a headache for nearly everyone, but they are especially burdensome for home health and hospice agencies and their visiting staff. Right when agencies are getting slammed by COVID-19 and the labor shortage, gas prices are exacerbating difficulties finding and retaining workers. “As the ...
Feb 25th, 2022
Refreshed tool fails to jettison some unnecessary items, trade group says. A reminder that you need to be on top of OASIS training this year has arrived. In 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services bumped OASIS-E from its Jan. 1, 2021 start date to give agencies a break during the COVID-19 public health ...
Feb 25th, 2022
CMS head tells providers to comply with staff COVID-19 vaccination mandate in a letter. If you are harboring any hopes that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will give you more leeway on the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for staff, consider those hopes dashed.           “Now is the time to make sure health care ...
Oct 1st, 2021
If your temporary work-at-home situation has become permanent, AAPC’s Code of Ethics will keep you on course. In these ever-changing times, one thing is clear: Working remotely is here to stay. When COVID-19 hit, many offices sent their coders home to keep them working. Those who already had a home office set up prior to ...
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Apr 9th, 2021
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Other claims system glitches fixed, with one still waiting. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to issue new rules to accommodate no-pay Request for Anticipated Payments (RAPs) and Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Principal Diagnosis CMS has reissued Change Request (CR) 11855 and added a few new instructions about requests for anticipated payments. ...