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Home Care Week – an AAPC eNewsletter

Navigate reimbursement challenges and compliance risks with a weekly subscription to Home Care Week. This vital, to-the-point eNewsletter makes it quick and easy for your home health agency to stay on top of critical news and action items.

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Tap into our team of HHA domain experts to optimize every aspect of your day-to-day operations.

Benefit from how-to guidance. Protect yourself from federal audit costs. Grasp the full scope of the Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (MS PPS) final rule, expertly interpreted to define the implications and requirements in easy-to-implement terms.

Home Care Week covers the spectrum of issues threatening the financial health of your home health agency — documentation, reimbursement, medical review, OASIS, IMPACT Act, value-based purchasing, and more.

In each weekly issue of your annual subscription, our veteran home health experts break down timely challenges involving:

  • Patient-Directed Groupings Model (PDGM)
  • Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) program
  • OIG’s home health report
  • PEPPER training

We also walk you through code and guideline changes, in addition to simplifying complex reporting and billing scenarios. Leverage this insightful HHA resource to ensure your staff remains on point, and your agency profitable.

4 Reasons Why You Should Subscribe to Home Care Week

  • Timesaver: Stay on top of ever-changing regulations and industry developments without having to search the internet. The information your home health staff needs is delivered to you in Home Care Week.
  • Practical Explanations: Say goodbye to obscure legal rhetoric. Find clear guidance written in everyday language on home health agency regulations, compliance, operations, and more — including key ICD-10 coding tutorials.
  • Always In-the-Know: Keep your finger on the pulse of home health care with 45 issues in your annual subscription, each designed to ensure you’re prepared to comply with the latest regulatory rollout.
  • Online Convenience: Search thousands of Home Health Week articles to access strategic insights stored in our online article archive dating back to 2003.

Newsletters are regular and timely publications written by subject matter experts with their fingers on the pulse of your industry.

In the case of coding newsletters, your subscription will give you all the latest information you need, plus a refresher on things you might have learned but forgotten.

Coding newsletters feature real reader questions, interviews, and guidance from experts. You’ll find clinical scenarios and expert advice to explain code choice and guide you through the code selection process. A specialty-specific newsletter promotes accurate coding, leading to higher revenues and less time and money wasted on justifying billing.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters provide up-to-the-minute news on changes in federal regulations governing reimbursement and legislative developments. You’ll find ways to navigate often dense government-speak and learn how to apply regulatory changes to your practice or agency.

The knowledge disseminated in each newsletter issue can help protect your practice or business from costly mistakes and even help boost your revenue with guidance on the best ways to:

  • Code challenging scenarios or use modifiers correctly
  • Stay on top of the latest news and regulatory changes pertaining to the healthcare market
  • Learn how to ethically optimize your reporting to avoid undercoding and missed opportunities

Healthcare Business Monthly is a broad-scope publication that provides information on a range of topics, including human-interest stories based on coders. It also covers healthcare issues beyond coding, compliance, or post-acute care — such as front-desk etiquette, keeping the office clean, etc.

Coding newsletters, more focused than Healthcare Business Monthly, exclusive cover coding, billing, and regulations for the title specialty.

Non-coding healthcare newsletters dig into the regulatory news pertaining to healthcare. These are up-to-the-minute publications. You won’t find such in-depth information for compliance, practice management, MDS, home health, or hospice in Healthcare Business Monthly.

AAPC coding newsletters will help new coders get up to speed on the job. The articles cover several in-specialty topics each month and delve into the specifics of coding procedures and services. A new coder could get information on a coding scenario in a newsletter before they encounter it in the workplace, which is a huge asset.

Coding newsletters provide more exposure to the news you need, and the quizzes offer an opportunity to apply your coding knowledge in a low-stakes situation. Newsletter articles and reader questions add to and reinforce coder training. You’ll find expert opinions and advice from trusted and experienced sources that can help you understand the nuances of the profession.

Throughout the year, all newsletters contain updates to codes and coding guidelines that are vital to new and veteran coders. From articles on code changes and quarterly National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits to discussions of ad-hoc guideline changes issued by CMS and other agencies, newsletters keep coders informed and current. Having a specialty-focused publication addressing and analyzing updates is an important tool for every coder.

For instance, NCCI edits are often applied behind the scenes to coding software, and coders may be staring at a denial without realizing why. Newsletter articles will update coders to the edits that affect their practices the most and translate them into practical advice. That way, even veteran coders will be aware.

Secondly, there is so much to remember in coding that everyone occasionally forgets how to report something. The newsletter provides a monthly refresher on coding topics that a veteran coder might not have seen in a while.

Finally, most AAPC coding newsletters provide coders with regular AAPC CEU opportunities that can help keep your credentials current.

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Most coding newsletters are specific to a medical specialty, and coders working in those specialties should obviously subscribe to newsletters aligned with their professional interests.
 
Several newsletters feature subject matter that crosses specialty lines. E/M Coding Alert, ICD-10 Coding Alert, and Health Information Compliance, for example, all contain articles and reader questions applicable to most specialties, practices, and institutions.

You’ll also find newsletters dedicated to compliance, practice management, skilled nursing facility, home health, hospice, and Medicare Part B. These newsletters are beneficial to practice managers, billing/coding staff, Minimum Data Set nurses, clinicians, and administrators.

Category

eNewsletter Title

Frequency

Medical Coding

Anesthesia Coding Alert

Monthly

Cardiology Coding Alert

Monthly

E/M Coding Alert

Monthly

ED Coding Alert

Monthly

Gastroenterology Coding Alert

Monthly

General Surgery Coding Alert

Monthly

ICD-10 Coding Alert

Monthly

Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert

Monthly

Neurosurgery Coding Alert

Monthly

Ob-gyn Coding Alert

Monthly

Oncology/Hematology Coding Alert

Monthly

Optometry/Ophthalmology Coding Alert

Monthly

Orthopedic Coding Alert

Monthly

Otolaryngology Coding Alert

Monthly

Path/Lab Coding Alert

Monthly

Pediatric Coding Alert

Monthly

Podiatry Coding and Billing Alert

Monthly

Primary Care Coding Alert

Monthly

Pulmonology Coding Alert

Monthly

Radiology Coding Alert

Monthly

Urology Coding Alert

Monthly

Compliance

Health Information Compliance Alert

Monthly

Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement

Biweekly

Part B Insider

Monthly

Practice Management Alert

Monthly

Post-Acute

Home Care Week

Weekly

Hospice Insider

Monthly

MDS Alert

Monthly

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