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  • Help new nurses by establishing a strong onboarding program

    Hiring nurses is a challenge for any organization, including home health agencies. You want good candidates to stay so you don’t have to struggle through the hiring process again and again. You also want to make sure your new nurses know how to do their job and will be high-quality representatives for your organization.

  • MedPAC encourages Medicare beneficiaries to use higher-quality PAC providers

    During the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) public meeting on Thursday, March 1, analyst Evan Christman reviewed options for modifying Medicare’s hospital discharge rules to encourage beneficiaries to use higher-quality PAC providers.

  • IMPACT Act, improving care coordination special open door forum planned March 28

    Learn about the development and testing of standardized patient assessment data elements mandated by the IMPACT Act during an upcoming special open door forum.

  • New targeted probe info shows need to scrutinize therapists' documentation

    Conduct a quality audit of documentation your therapists submit. CMS’ targeted probe-and-educate review is ongo-ing, and it’s clear that therapy and therapists’ documenta-tion will be among the things Medicare Administrative Contactors (MACs) review.

  • What does our administrator job description need to cover?

    As with any position in the company, it is important to set clear expectations for the position. These expectations are set through the use of job descriptions. An employee job description should include a list of job duties as well as essential functions. Stating these in writing, and providing a copy of the job description to the employee at the time of hire, is important. It is important to establish that employee is aware of expectations so that he or she can attempt to meet them and, failing that, be disciplined for poor performance. Some suggested duties to included in an administrator’s job description are:

  • How do I sequence this code if it is a sequela of a TBI?

    Code the TBI first, with S06.9x0S (Unspecified intracranial injury without loss of consciousness, sequela) followed by the code for the major neurocognitive disorder, F01.50. When coding sequela, you should code the residual first (i.e. the problem you’re seeing now) followed by the cause (whatever condition led to the residual), unless the classification or tabular instruction says to do otherwise.
    This might occur when the residual is a manifestation code subject to the etiology-manifestation convention. [I.A.13]


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