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Ginger’s blog – home health and hospice administrator.

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February 2018

Does Your Retention Strategy Focus on “Staying”?

By |2018-05-09T16:43:36-05:00February 12th, 2018|Ginger's Blog, Leadership|

If "stay interviews" are not part of your overall retention strategy, then you are likely missing out on a critical tool to boost employee satisfaction and reduce turnover. A "stay interview" is a one-on-one interview between a manager and employee. It's designed to help the manager learn what makes the employee want to keep working for your organization and what might prompt the employee to leave.

June 2016

Notice of Nondiscrimination in Health Programs

By |2018-02-18T16:37:25-05:00June 17th, 2016|Ginger's Blog, Industry Updates - General, Uncategorized|

Effective July 18, 2016, all Medicare-certified healthcare organizations must notify patients about how they comply with nondiscrimination requirements. Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs and activities.

October 2015

Additional G-Codes Differentiating RNs and LPNs

By |2018-02-15T19:40:08-05:00October 21st, 2015|Compliance, Ginger's Blog, Industry Updates, Industry Updates - General, Industry Updates - Home Health|

On January 1, 2016, Change Request 9369 goes into effect, requiring that home health and hospice agencies use two separate G Codes when billing for skilled registered nurse (G0299) and licensed practical nurse services (G0300) to distinguish which service was provided during each visit. 

Are You Meeting the New Recertification Requirement?

By |2018-02-18T16:42:21-05:00October 6th, 2015|Documentation, Ginger's Blog, Industry Updates - Home Health|

Have your clinicians been complying with Change Request 9189 of the Program Integrity Manual (Pub 100-08) involving a new certification requirement that applies to recertifications? This update requires a statement on the recertification certification/plan of care by the certifying physician estimating how much longer skilled services will be required.

August 2015

Face-to-Face Encounter Progress Note Template

By |2018-02-19T16:51:54-05:00August 17th, 2015|Documentation, Ginger's Blog, Industry Updates - Home Health|

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

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