Home health agencies (HHAs) have been under an increased level of scrutiny lately, with an added emphasis on home health quality reporting. How you perform on quality measures drives data trends, calculates your 5-star ratings, and gives you much-needed data to develop and maintain your More..
The practice of copy/paste in electronic health records (EHR) is receiving heightened scrutiny lately, with a recent study finding that only 18% of records examined were entered manually – 46% were copied and another 36% imported, opening up the possibility of carrying forward outdated patient More..
Wrists may be small compared to the rest of the body, but there are a numerous procedures that can be performed on this one part—and you need to get your bones, ligaments, and tendons straight if you want to get paid. You certainly don’t want More..
Nursing homes across the country are increasingly phasing out bed and chair fall-prevention alarms. That’s because physician-conducted studies have found consistently that alarms do not prevent falls, and can even create unsafe conditions for residents. Plus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is More..
Year 2 of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is in full swing, with plenty of significant updates to the ways you can participate in the Quality Payment Program (QPP). This year’s changes include new data reporting requirements. You’ll want to get those straight to More..
Being a successful Home Health Agency (HHA) today means not only achieving patient satisfaction but also juggling all the reports used to calculate your agency’s Quality of Patient Care Star Rating. These ratings are published on the home health care (HHC) website and used by More..
Telemedicine, and telehealth in general, has been growing tremendously in recent years, thanks in large part to advances in technology and patient demand. A 2014 HIS technology report projected that the number of telehealth patients by 2018 would have grown from 250,000 in 2013 to More..
Coding for physician inpatient services, especially critical care, is deceptively straightforward. The reality is that the details of each code requirement can complicate things to the point of complete confusion. Despite the challenges, there are specific strategies you can use to correctly identify when critical More..
Medical professionals working in emergency departments (ED) constantly have to make split second decisions in a stressful, crowded, and often understaffed environment. Failure to comply with federal regulations can mean severe penalties not only for the hospital itself, but also for on-duty and on-call staff. More..
The rise of electronic health records (EHR) has created significant challenges for providers that go beyond typical data storage and breach concerns. After all, providing patient care often requires sharing patient information—the privacy of which the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) More..