Responses to 11/10; New Scenario for 11/17/14

Responses to Scenario for 11/10/14 Question:  How do I code a patient who had a failed skin graft? Answer: There are two codes for rejection of a failure of a skin graft. Code 996.52 is used for the rejection of a natural skin graft and 996.55 is used for a dislodgment, displacement, failure, non-adherence, poor incorporation... Continue Reading →

Responses to 11/10 Scenarios; New Scenarios for 11/17/14

Responses Scenarios for 11/10/14 Question:  How do I code a patient who had a failed skin graft? Answer: There are two codes for rejection or failure of a skin graft.  Code 996.52 is used for a rejection of a natural skin graft and 995.55 is used for dislodgment, displacement, failure, poor incorporation or shearing of an... Continue Reading →

Responses to 11/3; New Scenario for 11/10/14

Correct responses from 11/3/14 ICD 9: Is it true that I should always code a wound with a wound vac as complicated? What would you do? Answer:  While initial use and majority of current wound vac use is related to complicated wounds, that is not an absolute. A wound vac is a treatment approach used... Continue Reading →

OASIS Tip for October 2014: Conquering Cognitive, Behavioral, and Psychiatric symptoms in M1740

Determining whether to make a change to M1740: cognitive, behavioral, and psychiatric symptoms that are demonstrated at least once a week, can be a challenge to any OASIS user, but knowing item intent and response specific instructions can help you conquer making unnecessary mistakes. M1740 identifies specific behaviors associated with significant neurological, developmental, behavioral or psychiatric... Continue Reading →

CY 2015 Proposed Rule, how it could affect your agency, and why you NEED to make a comment to CMS…

Point changes, case-mix weight (CMW) changes, and OASIS submission implementation requirements could have a huge monetary impact on your agency.   There is potential to lose millions of dollars in revenue if the proposed rule is implemented as it has been issued. Case-mix weights are continuing on the rebasing train. CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid... Continue Reading →

October 1, 2014 is fast approaching!

With only 212 days left until October 14, everyone is talking about ICD-10-CM.  The implementation of ICD-10 is a monumental change to how we do business.  That being said-there are other changes starting on this day. Many of us are forgetting that the OASIS-C will be changing to OASIS-C1 in response to the changes need... Continue Reading →

The New CMS OASIS-C Questions and Answers have been published!

The new CMS OASIS-C Questions and Answers for the second quarter 2013 have been published on the OASIS Answers website. Once again, there is great information and clarifications. Some of the topics include:         Late ROCs and responses to certain process measure items         Patients with extended hospital holds         Timeframes for certain items        ... Continue Reading →

The OASIS-C1 Draft has been released!

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the proposed version of the OASIS-C1 in the Federal Register dated June 21, 2013. The OASIS-C1 Draft reflects changes necessary to accommodate the use of the ICD-10-CM coding set required beginning October 1, 2014. There are also changes addressing issues raised by stakeholders, including updating clinical... Continue Reading →

A new version of the OASIS assessment is on its way!

On March 18, 2013 during the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s March on Washington/Private Duty Home Care Integrated Conference & Exposition in Washington, D.C., a representative from CMS announced that there will be some significant releases in the next several months-including a draft of OASIS-C1, guidance on how new survey sanctions will be... Continue Reading →

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