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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

Important (Sometimes Neglected) Home Health Forms

In the day-to-day flurry of activity that surrounds home health agencies, there are a few forms that are forgotten and fall through the cracks. We are going to discuss a couple of important ones in this article. Each form is customizable and you will see a link to the CMS website to download the official

Home Health CoPs Interpreted

A few weeks ago, CMS released a draft version of Interpretive Guidelines for the new Conditions of Participation. This gives us a bit more insight into some of the regulations but not as much as many in the industry had hoped. The final version has not been released yet so there was a request to

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