The Impact of Quality Reporting on Star Ratings

A tightly interwoven loop illustrates the impact of quality reporting on star ratings ... and the importance of the relationship between the two. Star ratings encourage providers to strive for higher levels of quality. They support consumers’ health care decision-making by providing easily recognizable differences in quality when selecting a health care provider. The higher the... Continue Reading →

Pros and Cons of Outsource Coding and OASIS Review

By Corinne Kuypers-Denlinger, Vice President, Post-Acute Care Growth Strategies, QIRT. Originally published in the e-newletter of the Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council This is the first in a three-part series of articles about outsource coding and OASIS review. The purpose of this series is to help home health and hospice agencies determine if outsourcing this critical business... Continue Reading →

A.D. Maxim Consulting Joins QIRT

Home health industry leaders QIRT and A.D. Maxim aim to provide more service and expertise to the industry. FLORAL PARK, N.Y. - June 2, 2016 - PRLog -- QIRT (Quality In Real Time), provider of home health and hospice coding, consulting, billing and education services, announced today that A.D. Maxim and its subsidiary, CQI Coding... Continue Reading →

OASIS Tip and Coding Scenarios; January 12, 2015

Good morning, from Quality in Real Time. Are you ready to start your New Year off with coding and OASIS practice? Each week I’ll be sending out an OASIS C1/ICD-9 question and an ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding scenario. Take the time to work through each of these scenarios and check your answers with next week’s... Continue Reading →

Is your Home Care Agency Ready for the Changes Being Implemented in CY 2015?

Each year, many Americans desire change and create annual New Year’s Resolutions, however, this year if you work in the Home Health Industry, resolution or not, change is coming! The first major change in the industry is the process for submission of OASIS documents and the second is OASIS-C metamorphosis into OASIS-C1/ICD-9. CMS has been... Continue Reading →

Responses for 12/1 and new scenarios/information for 12/8/14

Responses to scenarios for 12/1/14 ICD-9: Could you explain how to use V54.81 and V54.82 when coding patients who have had a joint replacement? V54.81, aftercare following joint replacement, has been commonly used for patients who have received a joint prosthesis or a repair of a joint prosthesis.  V54.81 best reflects the type of care... Continue Reading →

CMS has Posted the FINAL Version of OASIS C1/ICD9 Guidance Manual

CMS has released the OFFICIAL final version of the guidance manual, effective January 2015 for OASIS C1/ICD9.  Changes in the version include a new Chapter 2, with the word "draft" removed from OASIS forms and the OMB number has been added to each time point version.  The footer throughout the entire manual has been changed... Continue Reading →

Responses for 11/17; New scenarios for 12/1

Good Monday morning, I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holidays last week!  Here are the responses from 11/17 questions and scenarios. OASIS C1/ICD9: What does the home health resource group, or HHRG, measure? The Medicare Home Health PPS recognizes that different patients use different amounts of resources. The system attempts to predict patient resource use... Continue Reading →

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