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  • Our agency has had difficulty getting documentation for the F2F requirement from certain physicians. Should we deny the referrals?

    Denying a referral should be a determination based on agency policy and physician cooperation.
     

  • Exciting news regarding your Beacon Institute membership

    Dear Beacon Institute members,

    We have some exciting news to report that will enrich your Beacon Institute membership. Starting next week you will start receiving a Tuesday Morning News email in place of your Monday Homecare eNews email. The Tuesday Morning News contains a breaking news story written by award-winning editors of Beacon Institute’s sister publication Home Health Line. The articles in this Tuesday email are in addition to the articles that you receive in your monthly Homecare Direction newsletter.

    This is just another benefit of the merger announced last year between HCPro and DecisionHealth as part of the H3.Group. As a result of this merger, Beacon Institute members will continue to benefit from access to an increased array of in-depth compliance tips, tools and informa¬tion from trusted home health industry experts. This merger will continue to benefit Beacon Institute mem¬bers in many ways.


    Thank you for your commitment to the Beacon Institute. We look forward to continuing to be your trusted source of information and training to comply with ever-changing CMS regulations.

    Sincerely,
    The H3.Group Team
    Question or comments? Contact Editor Marci Heydt at mheydt@decisionhealth.com
     

  • Proposed PPS rule calls for $400-million payment increase, details new payment model

    Adjustments to Medicare’s home health payments under the 2019 proposed PPS rule would increase agencies’ total reimbursement by an estimated 2.1%, or $400 million.

  • Staff trainer quiz on diabetes

    Test staff knowledge on diabetes.

  • New MedPAC report warns that most patients don't pick the best agency in their area

    In its latest report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) points out that patients discharged from hospitals generally don’t select the best home health agency in their area.

     

  • Staff trainer: Diabetes

    Many people think that diabetics are not allowed to eat sugar of any kind. This is no longer required.

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