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 →

ICD-10 is delayed! What about OASIS-C1?

I have spent much of few weeks thinking about the ICD-10-CM delay and the impact it will have on the industry. There are still so many unanswered questions. The wording in the delay legislation state that ICD-10-CM may not be implemented “prior to October 1, 2015”. This does not mean that the implementation will definitely... Continue Reading →

Senate Passes ICD-10 Delay Bill

The Senate voted yesterday to approve a bill that will delay the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS by at least one year. The bill now moves to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law. The bill, H.R. 4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, mainly creates a temporary “fix” to the Medicare sustainable... Continue Reading →


CONGRESS TO VOTE ON ICD-10 DELAY TOMORROW, YOUR ACTION NEEDED TODAY TO STOP BILL The following was posted on the  AHIMA website: A new bill has been quietly introduced into the US House and Senate that features a section calling for the delay of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until 2015. This bill is expected to go to... 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 →

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