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ICD-10 Coding for COVID-19 Cases

Posted on: March 12, 2020

This is information is updated as of 03/12/20 at 1:00pm EST

In the unfortunate event that a resident or patient in your care is a confirmed COVID-19 case, please note special ICD-10 coding will be necessary. The CDC released official diagnosis coding guidance for encounters and deaths related to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), effective February 20, 2020.

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Tags: ICD-10 Coding, COVID-19

Coding for Success in PDGM

Posted on: May 14, 2019

Coding will be instrumental to your agency’s success under PDGM. Performing an audit of your coding practices now will provide the opportunity to educate your staff on accurate and cohesive coding guidelines and targeted aspects of the OASIS to ensure you are prioritizing both patient needs and accurate reimbursement. 

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Tags: Home Health, PDGM, CMS Update 2019, ICD-10 Coding

Keep Calm & ICD-10 Code On

Posted on: March 21, 2019

PDGM implementation is a mere 42 weeks away and is anticipated to be the biggest change in home health payment reform in over 20 years. HHAs will need to completely revise care management and billing processes, as well as documentation and coding practices, in order to make the transition successfully. One of the most dramatic areas of change relates to ICD-10 coding, which is a significant determinant of revenue in the new paradigm. Both timing and accuracy of ICD-10 Coding (primary diagnosis and comorbidities) will play a role in how patients are grouped and, ultimately, reimbursed. Given that this is a completely new core competency for HHAs, it is prudent to take action today to assess related risk and begin to identify the changes that will need to occur in order to minimize transition risk.

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Tags: Home Health, PDGM, ICD-10 Coding