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CDC Coding Guidelines for COVID-19

Use the following CDC Guidelines for assigning ICD-10 to patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19:

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 19, 2020

Home Health Coding: Medicare Do's & Don'ts under PDGM

With CMS’s Home Health Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) that became effective 1/1/2020, the practice of coding home health OASIS assessments also changed. Before, we recorded six (6) diagnosis codes on the OASIS assessment. Now, we can include up to twenty-five (25) diagnoses...

Posted by Melissa Cott on May 6, 2020

COVID-19 Home Health Assessment & Careplan

If your Agency is visiting patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspected COVID-19, use the following guidelines for home health visits, including appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use, physical assessment of the patient and patient/caregiver teaching.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 23, 2020

Treating Insomnia in the Elderly: Home Health Careplan

Insomnia, aka 'interrupted nighttime sleep', is a persistent problem in the elderly. Age-related sleep problems are frequently and mistakenly considered to be a normal part of aging. It's been reported that more than 50% of people over 65 experience regular insomnia.

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 22, 2020

How to Get a Prior Authorization for Home Health Billing

Certain payers require prior authorizations.

Depending on the payer, a home health agency (HHA) may be required to obtain a ‘prior authorization’ (PA) for home health billing and to determine insurance eligibility. Think of prior authorization as “permission” to provide a type of...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Apr 20, 2020

COVID-19: Three (3) Requirements for (Early) Discharge Planning

Prepare Patients for Early Discharge

Preparing non-priority home health patients for early discharge should be the primary objective of home health agencies right now. Since accessibility to routine healthcare is currently suspended, home health agencies should prepare patients and...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 25, 2020

COVID-19: Substitutions for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

It's no secret that healthcare providers - hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, doctor's offices - and home health agencies - have run out of - or are running out of - personal protective gear (PPE). Because of the shortage of PPE, the CDC has announced methods to optimize the supply...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19: Daily Management Plan for Home Health Agencies

1. Provide home health services to priority patients only.

Since the corona virus in the US is not contained, the presumption must be that anyone can have the COVID-19 virus. Under these circumstances your HHA must limit contact to patients that require critical care and have no one...

Posted by Melissa Cott on Mar 18, 2020