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A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) discloses that Medicare improperly paid most inpatient claims to the transfer policy when beneficiaries resumed home health services within three days of discharge but the hospitals failed to code the inpatient claim properly. Read the recommendations to CMS here.
Two senators and several representatives introduced legislation Friday that would provide Medicare reimbursement for telehealth services by home health agencies during this and future public health emergencies. If passed, the bipartisan Home Health Emergency Access to Telehealth (HEAT) Act would make it safer for agencies to provide care, according to NAHC President Bill Dombi. The bill covers video and audio visits but limits them to no more than half of the billable visits in a 30-day period.  Read more.
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Knowing how to talk to patients and customers about finances can make the difference between them getting care or walking out the door. Here are four steps for managing the payment discussion with emotional intelligence—and how to get your team on board—from Patty Casebolt, the chief quality officer at Medical Eye Center in Medford, Oregon. Sponsored by CareCredit. 
Statistics show that 1 in 10 adults over age 60 suffers from elder abuse. In large part, this abuse is by home health care providers or another person the senior trusts. The most significant risk factor for abuse is the provider’s exclusive one-on-one exposure to the client, ranging from two to 24 hours a day. Because the senior may be isolated, others may not be there to recognize abuse or prevent it from happening or continuing. Sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance.
Recruitment is always at the top of homecare’s list of challenges—even more so in the midst of a pandemic. How do you find great candidates, screen them, hire them, bring them on board and keep them engaged at your organization? This new e-book guides you through the four critical areas to focus on to make recruiting work and limit turnover. Sponsored by Relias.
Can Your Patients Handle Their Medication Regimen?
Incorrect medication doses or times, medication omissions, polypharmacy—all of these are daily challenges in home health care, and they can lead to dangerous and expensive mistakes. Medication errors cost the health care system more than $21 billion annually and can negatively impact a patient’s quality of life and ability to care for themselves. Find a checklist for how to help here.
7 Ways to Maximize Profit in Your Partnerships
Arm-wrestling a vendor partner over a dollar on a product as you work to maximize profit may not be the best path to success. Examining the profit and loss statement must come first. Read the 7 pathways to success here.
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