New at Noyce Consulting — diagnoses

Home Health Can Save Medicare If We Demand a Seat at the Table

Arnold Goldberger

Medicare's "Independence At Home" demonstration is studying whether providing chronically ill patients with in-home visits by primary-care providers results in both enhanced care delivery and cost savings. I applaud this Obamacare gem.

I also believe the program should stretch further and partner with home health agencies to provide a full health-care package to the beneficiaries served, regardless of homebound status.

Send Home Health & Hospice ICD-10 Coding Questions to the AHCC

Beth Noyce

Comments 1 Tags diagnoses, diagnosis, home care, hospice, ICD-10

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Got questions about ICD-10 diagnosis coding for hospice or home health?

Email your queries to the Association for Home Health Coding and Compliance (AHCC) at:, Subject Line: ICD-10 Workgroup question.

Until recently, diagnosis coders had no option but to request official diagnosis coding guidance and clarification from CMS' designated coding gurus at the American Hospital Association's (AHA) "Coding Clinic." But hospice and home health agencies report receiving conflicting and/or inapplicable guidance that could lead to payment delays or claim denials.

Get your home health & hospice PEPPERS while they're hot!

Beth Noyce

Tags CMS Targets, diagnoses, diagnosis, home care, hospice, ICD-10, PEPPERs, Therapy

PeppersCatch and prevent improper payments with Medicare's Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). Both home health and hospice agencies can access their reports through the PEPPER Portal.
These comparative billing reports summarize Medicare claims data to help agency Chief Executive Officers, Presidents, Administrators & Compliance Officers identify payment patterns at their own agencies and compare them with state, regional, and national reports.