Public Health Emergency (PHE) Extended: Telehealth Waivers Remain in Place
Date: 10|21|2021   Approx. 2 min. read Author: Brianna Plencner, CPC, CPMA  Senior Consultant & Manager, Practice Development, HCCI On October 15, 2021, Xavier Becerra, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), extending the...
October 21st, 2021
Categories: CMS Updates, Practice Management
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How CCM Services Promotes Financial Sustainability
Date: 10|07|2021   Approx. 2 min. read Author: Brianna Plencner, CPC, CPMA  Senior Consultant & Manager, Practice Development, HCCI One of the most common billing questions I receive is, “how can I get paid for all of my non-face-to-face time with patients and caregivers?”.  An appropriate solution to...
October 7th, 2021
Categories: Practice Management, Training
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Getting Paid for Administering COVID-19 Vaccines at Home
Date: 09|15|2021   Approx. 2 min. read Author: Brianna Plencner, CPC, CPMA  Senior Consultant & Manager, Practice Development, HCCI The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 24th further action to expand payment flexibilities for administering COVID-19 vaccines at home. Overall, CMS...
September 15th, 2021
Categories: CMS Updates, Practice Management
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CMS Boosts Payments for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently passed a significant policy that helps remove barriers for homebound patients to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Recognizing the challenge of providing vaccines to medically-complex patients in their homes, CMS increased its payments for this service. Medicare will...
August 9th, 2021
Categories: Practice Management
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Cognitive Assessment and Care Plan Services
Did you know Medicare reimburses for a comprehensive Cognitive Assessment and Care Plan visit for patients who would benefit? A recently published CMS webpage offers additional guidance about the requirements. The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule increased the national payment amount for this service to $282 in...
July 28th, 2021
Categories: Practice Management
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HCCI Survey Reveals Top Changes HBPC Practices are Implementing to Boost Productivity and Improve Outcomes
In a recent Impact and Needs Assessment Survey, the Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) asked past learners to share actions they have taken—and how those actions have affected their practices—as a result of participating in HCCI program and service offerings. Below are snapshots of the responses from the...
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HBPC Productivity and Panel Size Standards
In a home-based primary care practice (HBPC), many factors determine optimal productivity and panel size standards (i.e., the number of individual patients under the care of a specific provider). These include payment structure, practice model, outcome goals, geography/travel times, and more. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, the...
April 28th, 2021
Categories: Practice Management, Training, Training & Education
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Evaluation and Management (E/M) Documentation Changes: Important Clarification for House Call Providers
With many changes coming out recently from CMS, providers and practices can find it difficult to keep track. So, HCCI is providing the following clarifications about one set of changes that has been creating significant confusion among house call providers. The new CMS 2021 documentation guidelines for the...
February 25th, 2021
Categories: Practice Management, Training, Training & Education
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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
As the Public Health Emergency (PHE) continues, providers and practices are now challenged to receive, prepare, and administer vaccines to home-limited patients. Here is a list of reliable resources that practices can reference to stay informed on the most current guidelines: Clinical References CDC Vaccinating Homebound Persons...
February 25th, 2021
Categories: Practice Management, Training & Education
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Implications for Home-Based Care Providers in the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule
On December 1,  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule. The MPFS Final Rule includes payment and policy changes that will significantly impact home-based care providers. Decreased Reimbursement for Home and Domiciliary Visits...
December 18th, 2020
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