Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare An updated version of the HHA Review and Correct report is now available in iQIES. This version includes the following updates: 1. Removal of the following quality measures and associated data: Improvement in Pain Interfering with ActivityImprovement in Status of Surgical WoundsDepression Assessment ConductedMultifactor Fall Risk…… Continue reading Home Health Agency (HHA) Review and Correct Report Enhancements
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On June 25, 2020, CMS issued the annual home health payment proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2021. The CY21 Home Health PPS Proposed Rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, June 30, 2020. Two (2) important reads: CY21 HH PPS Proposed…… Continue reading CY21 Home Health Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule Released
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare CMS will not be posting the new ABN, form CMS-R-131, until it is approved by OMB. In the meantime, continue using the form on the CMS website (below) and ignore the expiration date of 3/2020. http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-General-Information/BNI/ABN
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare April 9, 2020 Here is a summary of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) actions taken in response to the COVID-19 virus, as part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work the Task Force is doing…… Continue reading CMS NEWS ALERT: April 9, 2020 (COVID-19) NEWS ALERT
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare April 8, 2020 – This is the most recent guidance from CDC regarding discontinuing isolation for patients at home. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare The new waiver in Section 1135(b) of the Social Security Act explicitly allows the Secretary to authorize use of telephones that have audio and video capabilities for the furnishing of Medicare telehealth services during the COVID-19 PHE. In addition, effective immediately, the HHS Office for Civil…… Continue reading Home Health agencies can satisfy the statutory requirement that a patient must have a face-to-face encounter, by using telecommunication technology.
Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Annette Lee, RN, MS, COS-C from Provider Insights, Inc. has provided more clarity for home health agencies during this time. Read the full summary: So, last night, CMS published a “Fact Sheet” of additional blanket waivers and flexibilities provided to the home health industry. Immediately,…… Continue reading Clarity for Home Health Agencies – COVID-19 Waivers
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Palmetto just issued a notice that CMS has delayed filing deadlines for cost reports. I’ve pasted in the Q&A (available on the Palmetto website) below: Question: Will CMS delay the filing deadline of Fiscal Year End (FYE) December 31, 2019 cost reports due at the end…… Continue reading If Palmetto is your MAC this will interest you.
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Letter to Licensees March 19, 2020 Dear Licensees, Due to the current Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Iowa Board of Nursing has received numerous inquiries about the permissible scopes of practice for LPNs, RNS, and ARNPs during this public health emergency. By law, nursing does…… Continue reading IA Board of Nursing Posted Scope of Practice Guidance – COVID-19
Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare On Friday, March 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a call with home health organizations to discuss recent developments related to the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Even though the call was specific to home health agencies there hospice questions addressed, as well. CMS…… Continue reading CMS COVID-19 Call Covers Waivers, Q&A from CMS Call 3-20-2020