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ICD-10-CM Updates for Home Health and Hospice

FY2017 ICD-10-CM Code Updates Coming Soon More than 3,000 changes and modifications in tabular instructions will be effective October 1, 2016.  These changes will include 1,974 new codes, 311 deleted codes, and 425 revised codes. The areas that show the greatest impact are: Chapter 4 (Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases) new codes for reporting manifestations […]

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August 25, 2016

Possible Home Health Grouper Issues Discovered

Certain Diagnosis Codes Affected. HEALTHCAREfirst would like to make home health agencies aware of an issue that was included in an article posted by the National Association of Homecare and Hospice (NAHC). NAHC reported back in an August 21st article that, “Clarification has been issued that would require home health agencies to indicate an ‘A’ […]

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September 25, 2015

30 Days Left Until ICD-10

Is Your Home Health or Hospice Ready? October 1st is now only 30 days away and all providers should have either completed their ICD-10 implementation preparations or should be well under way. CMS recently conducted its final Medicare FFS ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Week in July and has reported that testing was successful. The testing week […]

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August 31, 2015

Free Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar Announced

FY2016 Hospice Final Payment Rule. Please join Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance for HEALTHCAREfirst as she reviews the FY2016 Hospice Final Payment Rule along with other hospice regulatory changes and how they will affect you. The Hospice Regulatory Update Webinar topics include: Payment rates Service Intensity Add-On HQRP updates Hospice Item Set (HIS) changes […]

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August 27, 2015

Free Webinar: 2016 Home Health Proposed Rule Update

Home Health Regulatory Webinar Registration Open Now. CMS recently released the proposed rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) for 2016. What is on the regulatory horizon for home health and how could it affect your agency? Please join Mary St. Pierre, RN, BSN, GMA, former VP of Regulatory Affairs for NAHC, […]

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July 17, 2015

CMS Extends SignUp Period for ICD-10 End to End Testing

Home Health & Hospice Agencies Encouraged to Volunteer. CMS sent the following notification out to Home Health and Hospice providers on May 8, 2015 regarding an extension to signing up for ICD-10 End-to-End testing. HEALTHCAREfirst is sharing for providers to be aware: Final Opportunity to Volunteer for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing in July — Forms Accepted […]

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May 11, 2015

Free Webinar: Hospice Regulatory Update: FY2016 Proposed Rule

Hospice Regulatory Update: FY2016 Proposed Rule. Webinar Handout Webinar Recording Please join Deanna Loftus, Director of Regulatory Compliance for HEALTHCAREfirst as she reviews the latest information regarding hospice regulatory changes and how they could affect you. Webinar topics include: Proposed Payment Rates Proposed Service Intensity Add-On HQRP Updates Hospice Item Set (HIS) Changes CAHPS Oversight […]

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May 7, 2015

ICD-10: Is Your Home Health or Hospice Ready?

It was not but a year ago when the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) (Pub. L. No. 113-93) was enacted, which stated that ICD-10 could not begin prior to October 1, 2015. While many in the industry thought another delay might sneak itself into the SGR fix bill that was being worked […]

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April 17, 2015

CMS: ICD-10 Update

ICD-10 Implementation Delay. I would like to share with you the following information on ICD-10 that was recently posted on the CMS website. On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) (Pub. L. No. 113-93) was enacted, which said that the Secretary may not adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, […]

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May 2, 2014

ICD-10 Delay – Advice for Hospices

ICD-10 Implementation Delayed. What Hospices Should Do Everyone was counting down until October, 2014.  The US healthcare community had been steadily preparing – although perhaps not without some grumbling and complaining along the way –for the implementation of ICD-10.  ICD-10 ­would happen on time on October 1 we were told – there would be no […]

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April 30, 2014