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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Preparing for Flu Season
Flu season is always challenging and, with the current Public Health Emergency (PHE), advance planning will be even more important. Here are some tips to help you prepare: Order the appropriate quantity of flu shots. Review usage trends from past years, including how many were ordered versus how...
October 7th, 2020
Categories: Tip of the Month, Training
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Improving HBPC Practice Efficiency
Efficiency is key to the well-being of your HBPC practice. Here are some strategies for boosting efficiency: Understand and document current workflows and processes to avoid task duplication Create an effective intake process that collects necessary information and forms, and introduces services, so providers can focus on patient care...
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COVID-19 Update: CMS Paying Providers for Counseling Services
On July 30th, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will begin paying qualified healthcare professionals (i.e., MD, NP, PA, CNS, CNM) for counseling services provided to traditional Medicare beneficiaries when related to the administration of a COVID-19 test. Clinicians are advised...
August 3rd, 2020
Categories: Practice Management, Training, Training & Education
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Strategies for Telehealth Implementation
Telehealth is an important clinical delivery model, especially for home-based providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some practical implementation considerations: Practice Implementation Consider current and future COVID-related workflow needs when selecting a technology vendor Train staff by conducting mock virtual visits among team members Develop documentation templates...
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SURVEY: Understanding COVID-19 in home-based care practices
HCCI is sharing this request on behalf of our colleagues Drs. Christine Ritchie and Bruce Leff and the National Home-Based Primary Care Learning Network. Dear Colleague, We are researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Johns Hopkins University writing to alert you to a new research study...
May 26th, 2020
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Agendas for Interdisciplinary Team Meetings
Interdisciplinary team (IDT) meetings improve staff communication, encourage teamwork, and promote optimal patient care and outcomes within house call programs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, IDT meetings are especially important for maintaining team cohesiveness. Following a structured meeting agenda can help maximize IDT meeting effectiveness. In addition, brief staff huddles...
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Infection Control in Home-Based Primary Care
As home-based primary care (HBPC) expands across the U.S., we’re reminded of how critical this model of care is, particularly during a Public Health Emergency like COVID-19.  Because of this, and more than ever, HBPC providers must keep infection surveillance, prevention, and control efforts top-of-mind to protect patients,...
April 14th, 2020
Categories: Practice Management, Tip of the Month, Training
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COVID-19 Update 04/08/20 – Additional Key Information and Flexibilities in the CMS Interim Final Rule
In addition to changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule discussed in our previous update, Providers and practices should be aware of the following additional information and waiver flexibilities in the rule: Home Health Agencies can now provide additional services...
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COVID-19 HCCI Update: Week of 03/30/20
During HCCI’s recent webinar, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Home-Based Providers, Practices, and Patients we encouraged practices to reach out to their local Medicare Administrator Contractors (MAC) for specific guidance on whether home-based primary care (HBPC) providers can bill for the home and domiciliary visit CPT code...
April 1st, 2020
Categories: Practice Management, Training
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