The retooling of the Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART) is a significant development. CMS has been moving rather expeditiously on the HEART tool, and it is believed the tool is one of the key components necessary for future changes in hospice including payment refinement.
CMS recently released MLN Matters SE18007 which details recent and upcoming improvements to Medicare hospice billing. Two recent improvements – Electronic Submission of the Notice of Election (NOE) and Correcting Election or Revocation Dates using Occurrence Code 56 – are summarized and additional upcoming improvements are addressed.
By Sharon Litwin, RN, MHA, HCS-D / Posted on: July 2, 2018
As the first year of PDGM has unfolded there have been many twists and turns in the new complexity of coding in home care. Many of the diagnosis codes we had been utilizing in home health, are no longer allowed as a primary diagnosis, called unacceptable primary diagnoses. Coding has always been important in home care, but is increasingly being scrutinized. Stay ahead of the game and ensure that your coding is up to par.