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FY 2020 ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code Updates

June 21, 2019 | CMS.gov

The FY 2020 ICD-10-CM diagnosis code updates are available on the 2020 ICD-10-CM webpage.

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Home Care Legislation Allowing Client Poaching Moves Closer to Becoming Law

June 16, 2019 | Bailey Bryant, Home Health Care News

Despite objections from the home care industry, legislation that would allow caregivers in one state to poach clients appears to be moving forward after getting support from the governor.

“We strongly believe the health, safety, and comfort of our elderly or persons with disabilities should not be disrupted by an employer limiting their employees with unfair practices,” a spokesperson for Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont told the Hartford Courant. “We look forward to this prohibition becoming state law and ending a practice that diminishes the quality of life for some of our most vulnerable communities.”

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With Data Breaches on the Rise, Home Health Providers Especially Vulnerable

June 27, 2019 | Bailey Bryant, Home Health Care News

Data breaches are on the rise across the health care industry at large, with the number of cyber attacks targeting health data reaching record highs in 2018. And due to the mobile nature of home health care, the sector is especially vulnerable to attacks.

In 2018, there were 365 health care data breaches of 500 or more records reported, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights.

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How Home Care Providers Can Maximize Their Summer Swing

June 20, 2019 | Joyce Famakinwa, Home Health Care News

Within the at-home care industry, the winter holidays and weeks that follow are typically the busiest times of the year for providers. Although summers tend to be more of a mixed bag in terms of business, providers can still make moves to reinforce their operations and prepare for the upcoming busy season.

Generally, most providers report seeing consistent business with only small spikes and dips throughout the summer.

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Home Care Providers in These States May Be Best Positioned for Medicare Advantage

June 9, 2019 | Joyce Famakinwa, Home Health Care News

Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment is expected to skyrocket in coming years, with more than one-third of Medicare beneficiaries currently signed up. But the pace of the great MA migration may be slower than originally anticipated — and vastly different across state lines.

For home care providers, this means there could be fewer older adults with access to the MA program’s expanded in-home benefits in 2020 and beyond.

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Home Health Industry Likely Headed for M&A Rollercoaster

June 18, 2019 | Bailey Bryant, Home Health Care News

If there’s one thing home health care providers can agree on when it comes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), it’s that the new model is shrouded in uncertainty.

Despite attempting to predict expected reimbursement changes and adapting operations accordingly, agencies won’t know exactly how PDGM will affect them until well after its Jan. 1 implementation.

As a result, PDGM will likely lead to a drop in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the home health space over the next year, followed by a spike soon thereafter, experts predict. In other words: It’ll look a little bit like an M&A rollercoaster.

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Clarification of Billing and Payment Policies for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) Using a Disposable Device – Revised

June 11, 2019 | CMS.gov

A revised MLN Matters Article SE17027 on Clarification of Billing and Payment Policies for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) Using a Disposable Device is available. Learn about billing and payment for this service under a home health plan of care.

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Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

May 21, 2019 | U.S. Food and Drug Administration

When your medicines are no longer needed, they should be disposed of promptly. Consumers and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from their home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine, and to help reduce drugs from entering the environment. Below, we list some options and special instructions for you to consider when disposing of expired, unwanted, or unused medicines.

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