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New and Improved OASIS-D

On March 12, 2018, the Federal Register posted a Comment Request that included changing the OASIS data set. This is the next step in the process of updating to OASIS-D which CMS has scheduled for implementation on January 1, 2019. What will be different? Quite a bit, it seems. You can find the data elements

New Medicare IDs Coming Soon

Beginning April 1, 2018, CMS will be mailing out replacement cards for all Medicare beneficiaries with a Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN). The HICNs are being changed to Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs) because the traditional Medicare numbers were based on Social Security Numbers. It is a step CMS is taking to help protect patient information.

To Text or Not To Text

To text or not to text…that is a good question. And on December 28th, CMS came out with a memorandum addressing this very topic. The short answer is yes and no. CMS does allow texting of patient information among health care team members. “All providers must utilize and maintain systems/platforms that are secure, encrypted, and

Home Health CoPs – Check State Rules

As agencies finalize their updates to policies, procedures, and processes to comply with the Conditions of Participation (CoP) effective January 13th, it is a good time to remember that you should also review state rules (if your state has separate rules) and accreditation standards (if your agency is accredited). In fact, whenever there is a

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