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Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI): What Home Health & Hospice Agencies Need to Know

Designed to help protect the privacy of Medicare recipients, a new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) will replace the social security number-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) for Medicare transactions such as billing, eligibility status, and claim FISS/DDE submissions starting April 1, 2018.
Beginning in April, CMS will mail new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare on a flow basis by geographic location and other factors.

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Key Components of a Successful Hospice Interdisciplinary Team Meeting

The hospice interdisciplinary team (IDT) serves a very important function in hospice care. It includes physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors, chaplains, therapists and trained volunteers who work together to address a hospice patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The holistic approach for the hospice interdisciplinary team enables members of different disciplines to evaluate and provide feedback to the care plan.

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Value of Clinical Decision Support Systems in Home Health & Hospice

Clinical decision support systems provide clinicians with logically filtered, evidence-based data combined with patient-specific data to enhance clinical decision-making at the point of care.
Found in leading EHR software systems, clinical decisions support systems include:

Alerts
Warnings
Documentation templates
Clinical guidelines
Contextually relevant information
Condition-specific order sets

How do clinical decision support systems work?
The main purpose of clinical decision support is to provide timely,

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OASIS Assessment Reviews: What Every Home Health Agency Should Be Doing

As reimbursements shrink and costs go up, it is vital that home health agencies operate as effectively as possible. One way to ensure proper reimbursement is by performing OASIS assessment reviews.
All too often, home health agencies make the mistake of not conducting OASIS assessment reviews or if they do conduct them, they aren’t adequately identifying inconsistencies that could potentially cost them reimbursement dollars.

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What Are Clinical Decision Support Tools?

Clinical decision support tools are found in EHR software that when applied effectively, can enhance patient care quality and outcomes, improve efficiency, and help to ensure regulatory compliance. Through clinical decision support tools, patient specific data and evidence-based guidance are presented to clinicians at appropriate times throughout the care planning process, guiding and reinforcing decisions at the point of care.

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Hospice Documentation: Cloning and Checkboxes Just Won’t Cut It

Hospice documentation makes up the clinical record of a patient receiving hospice services. CMS is looking for documentation that is complete, thorough, and patient-specific. As a result, hospices that have long relied on cloning and “checkbox charting” methods are facing the reality of adopting new documentation methods that satisfy regulatory requirements and enhance patient care quality.

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RAISE Family Caregivers Act Signed Into Law

On January 23, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage Family Caregivers Act, also known as the RAISE Family Caregivers Act. This law directs the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and maintain a national strategy to recognize and support the more than 40 million family caregivers in the US.

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Home Health Interpretive Guidelines for the CoPs: What You Need to Know

On November 1, 2017, CMS released the draft Home Health Interpretive Guidelines for the final Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), which took effect on January 13, 2018. The draft was released for review and comment to select industry groups. The Home Health Interpretive Guidelines are intended to clarify the CoPs for both providers and surveyors in instances where the regulation may be unclear.

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