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March 2019

OASIS Toolkit

By |2019-03-19T15:44:27-04:00March 19th, 2019|Industry Updates - Home Health, Job Aid, Lu's Blog, OASIS-D|

We're excited to announce the complimentary release of our OASIS Toolkit filled with visual job aids and resources to support accurate completion of the OASIS-D assessment. This is a living toolkit that will continue to grow, so help yourself to the download and check back frequently for updates!

Medical Marijuana: A Home Care and Hospice Primer

By |2019-03-19T06:27:52-04:00March 15th, 2019|Clinical, Education, Eric's Blog, Home Health and Hospice Courses, Industry Updates - General, Industry Updates - Home Health, Job Aid, Resource Development|

With medical marijuana legalized in more than half of the United States, more and more home care and hospice patients are taking it to help them manage a variety […]

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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.

Medicare Home Health Pre-Claim Review Demonstration

By |2018-02-15T13:36:02-05:00June 8th, 2016|Billing, Industry Updates - Home Health, Lu's Blog|

Despite concerns from the home health industry about the burden of a prior authorization requirement and how it will restrict access to care, CMS will move forward with a three-year Medicare pre-claim review demonstration for home health agencies in five states as published to the rule posted in the Federal Register on June 8, 2016.

May 2016

FY2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update

By |2018-02-15T17:41:26-05:00May 1st, 2016|Industry Updates - Hospice|

As mandated by Section 3004(c) of the Affordable Care Act, Hospices have been collecting 7 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) measures using the Hospice Item Set (HIS) since July 1, 2014. On April 28, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the proposed FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, which includes the addition of two new quality measures.

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