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  • 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
     

  • Staff trainer: Accountability

    Accountability is a word we often hear in discussions about leadership. But what does accountability mean? And what do we mean when we talk about accountabil-ity in relation to home healthcare?

  • Coding corner: Data reflects coding trends that could spell trouble down the road

    If you’re frequently assigning I11.0 (Hy-pertensive heart disease with heart failure) in M1021a, you need to ensure that you’re doing so correctly.

  • Take better care of patients with hypertension diagnosis to avoid MAC scrutiny


    Thoroughly examine clinicians’ documen-tation — and ensure it’s detailed — when your agency cares for patients who have a diagnosis of hypertension and require an unusually long length of stay.

  • Ensure aides conduct competency testing on patients ? or take a bath on surveys


    Take steps to ensure the small pool of home health patients you have who can or do bathe would be willing to serve as test subjects for your aides’ competency training.

  • New CMS transmittal explains how rural add-on payments will be processed


    Rural agencies might have to wait a while before they get 3% add-on payments for claims submitted in early 2018.

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