New Blood Pressure Recommendations

According to a landmark clinical trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) called the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) and released on 9/11/2015, lower blood pressure values than have been previously recommended were associated with a significantly lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and death. Read more and check out our Patient Teaching Guide!

By |2018-02-18T16:55:27-05:00September 12th, 2015|Camille's Blog, Clinical|0 Comments

Are You a 5-Star Agency?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established the Home Health Compare (HHC) website on as a key tool for patients and referral sources to use when choosing a home health care provider. The star ratings program was added to make the information easier to use and for consumers to be able to knowledgeably select home health providers.

By |2018-02-19T19:15:55-05:00September 1st, 2015|Industry Updates - Home Health, Lola's Blog, Quality|2 Comments

Face-to-Face Encounter Progress Note Template

CMS recently posted a proposed electronic progress note template that it developed for physician's to use to document and support the physician face-to-face encounter requirements. Because the form has not yet been approved by the OMB, use of the progress note is entirely voluntary and optional.

New Service Intensity Add-On (SIA) in Hospice

Based on the FY 2015 Final Rule released on 8/5/2015, CMS implemented changes as to how hospice agencies are paid for the Routine Home Care level of care. Known as a Service Intensity Add-On (SIA) Payment will apply if a visit is made on a RHC level of care day during the last 7 days of life (and the beneficiary is discharged dead), anddirect patient care is provided by an RN or a social worker that day.

By |2018-02-19T17:39:05-05:00August 7th, 2015|Billing, Ginger's Blog, Industry Updates - Hospice|3 Comments
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