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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COVID-19 Update: New CMS Virtual Training
On July 21, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new 10-week, virtual peer-to-peer learning community entitled, HHS Telemedicine Hack. The training was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response (ASPR),...
July 24th, 2020
Categories: Practice Management, Training & Education
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Medical Necessity Documentation 101
The medical necessity of a service is the overarching criterion for payment in addition to the individual requirements of a CPT  (Current Procedural Terminology) code. Documentation of medical necessity should do the following: Identify a specific medical reason or focus for the visit (e.g., worsening or new symptoms)...
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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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Keeping Humanity in House Calls: How One Question Can Change So Much
May 15, 2020 About the Article: HCCInsights sat down with Dr. Thomas Cornwell, Executive Chairman, Home Centered Care Institute, to learn how he keeps humanity in house calls, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when stress and feelings of isolation can be elevated in many patients and caregivers. HCCInsights: What...
May 15th, 2020
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CMS releases additional interim final rule, creating more telehealth flexibility and featuring significant regulatory changes
On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a second Interim Final Rule with new flexibilities and changes relevant to home-based medical care providers. The changes in this most recent Interim Final Rule are effective immediately, with many modifications retroactively effective as of...
May 5th, 2020
Categories: Practice Management
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COVID-19 Update 04/24/20 – More on Medicare Telehealth Services-related Changes
As providers and practices continue to determine the best way to safely care for their patients while navigating the ever-changing regulatory requirements related to COVID-19, HCCI is committed to continuing to provide accurate, clarifying and timely information. “Medicare telehealth services” refer to a certain list of services that would...
April 24th, 2020
Categories: Practice Management
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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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