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Are You On The OIG's Home Health Radar?

Beth Noyce

Comments 2 Tags cms, fraud, home care, Home Health, OIG

Woman thinking or wondering

Beware if your home health agency, or the certifying physician for any of your patients, fits the profile the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found in common among OIG-investigated cases of home health fraud.

CMS Awaits Your Views on the CY 2017 Home Health Proposed Rule

Beth Noyce

Tags 2017 proposed rule, CMS, home care

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Have you ever said that Medicare didn't ask your opinion before they made some rule that doesn't make any sense? I know I have.

Here's your chance to tell CMS what you think. The home health CY 2017 Proposed Rule is available and awaiting your comment. Actually, you can't comment until after Tuesday, July 5, when it officially posts to the Federal Register. But you can download a PDF now of the advance copy.

Get your free OASIS-C2 Guidance Manual

Beth Noyce

Tags home care, Home Health, OASIS, oasis-C2, quality measure, star ratings


CMS' OASIS-C2 Guidance Manual is now available. Download yours at

I know it's super nerdy that I'm excited about this. But then, that's who I am.

5-Star Ratings on Home Health Compare Need Improvement

Beth Noyce

Tags home care, Home Health, quality measure, Regulatory, star ratings

Home health providers caring for more patients who are harder to treat generally receive lower 5-Star ratings and pay, while agencies serving easier-to-manage patients earn more money and receive higher Home Health Compare 5-Star ratings. This problem and other findings concern theĀ "Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Technical Expert Panel" (TEP). The panel met May 2-3, 2016 in Maryland to discuss data analyses of Home Health Compare's about-one-year-old 5-Star rating system for home health agencies, according to meeting minutes distributed by Abt Associates. The TEP discussed worries that disparity between the effort required to care for patients and the financial...

DM and Its Related Conditions -- New ICD-10 Direction

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Confused about new diabetes ICD-10 coding rules?

You're not alone.

The newly published direction to code as related any potential manifestation listed in the ICD-10 alphabetical index is a 180-degree turn from what diagnosis coders have done for years.