Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 in Home Health Agencies

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 10, 2020, CMS issued QSO-20-18-HHA…Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 in Home Health Agencies This 7-page memorandum addresses (and contains links to additional information): Which patients are at risk for severe disease for COVID-19? How should HHAs screen patients for COVID-19?…… Continue reading Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning COVID-19 in Home Health Agencies

Passed! Bipartisan Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare The United States Senate has unanimously passed the bipartisan Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019, which would authorize $10 million annually for the Lifespan Respite Care program from fiscal year 2020 through fiscal year 2024. There are 45 million family caregivers in the United States that…… Continue reading Passed! Bipartisan Lifespan Respite Care Reauthorization Act of 2019

Texas home health agencies may begin submitting Pre-Claim Review requests on March 2, 2020.

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare The start of Review Choice Demonstration is right around the corner. Unfortunately, there has been some confusion about the process for submitting the PCR requests and the Unique Tracking Number (UTN) assigned to each PCR decision. To help providers, Palmetto GBA posted an article explaining the…… Continue reading Texas home health agencies may begin submitting Pre-Claim Review requests on March 2, 2020.

The CMS plans to enhance oversight of accrediting organizations

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Seema Verma speaking to a Quality Conference in Baltimore told an audience of accreditors they are failing to protect patients from harm. Verma further stated the business practice of acting as both an accreditor and consultant is “a glaring conflict of interest.” The Office of Management…… Continue reading The CMS plans to enhance oversight of accrediting organizations

If your Texas home health agency is participating in Review Choice Demonstration, you need to know the following…

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Contrary to Question #7 in the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) for Home Health (HH) Services Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (updated 01/06/20), RCD is applicable to billing periods not episode of care! RCD is scheduled to start in Texas on March 2, 2020. Agencies will need to…… Continue reading If your Texas home health agency is participating in Review Choice Demonstration, you need to know the following…

Home Health – CMS Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM)

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix A – Hospitals, Appendix AA – Psychiatric Hospitals, Appendix B – Home Health Agency, Appendix D – Portable X-Ray, Appendix G – Rural Health Clinics/Federally Qualified Health Centers, Appendix H- End Stage Renal Disease Facilities (ESRD), Appendix K…… Continue reading Home Health – CMS Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM)

Public Health News Alert: CMS Develops New Code for Coronavirus Lab Test

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Healthcare providers who need to test patients for Coronavirus using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019 Novel Coronavirus Real Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Test Panel may bill for that test using the newly created HCPCS code (U0001). The Medicare claims processing system will be…… Continue reading Public Health News Alert: CMS Develops New Code for Coronavirus Lab Test