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CMS gets tough with docs who don't provide home health documentation


Physicians may want to pay close attention to requests from home health agencies to document a patient’s need for home care. Buried at the very end of a Frequently Asked Questions document, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services suggests that it could target doctors who don’t cooperate to provide home health agencies with the paperwork they need to certify a patient qualifies for services.

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EHR Incentive Programs: Learn About Important Changes


CMS recently released two proposed rules and a final rule that will affect the future of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs:
  • FY 2017 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule includes changes that require providers to report four quarters of data for eight of the 15 hospital inpatient quality reporting clinical quality measures
  • Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) proposed rule would establish the Quality Payment Program, which is set to begin January 1, 2017
  • CY 2017 Changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center proposed rule recommends changes to the EHR Incentive Programs
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Patient-identification errors persist, but are preventable


Despite ongoing attention to the issue, patient-identification errors persist. Most--perhaps all--are preventable, according to new research from ECRI Institute. Most (72.3 percent) occurred during patient encounters; another 12.6 percent occurred during the intake process. Most patient-identification mistakes are caught before care is provided, but when they aren't the results can be devastating. About 9 percent of the events led to temporary or permanent harm or death. Among the possible factors: increasing patient volume, frequent handoffs and increasing interoperability and data sharing among IT systems.

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CMS FAQ Addressing One-Year ICD-10 Flexibilities


CMS released an updated FAQ document last month that addresses questions about the one-year flexibilities and their ending on October 1.

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Give Back to the HIM Community—Sign Up to Be an AHIMA Mentor


Getting a start in any career can be daunting. Do you remember what it was like finding your first job, or the decisions you made to continue learning and earning credentials? You have a lot to offer those coming into the field or who want to continue their education. Having a mentor can be a game-changer for less experienced professionals. Becoming a mentor doesn't necessarily require meeting frequently for coffee and serious discussion. Many mentees just want to e-mail someone whose career sounds exciting to them, or want advice on how to stand out as they apply for jobs. Communicating through Engage is a great way to maintain your relationship. No matter how long of a commitment you desire or how many mentees you choose to help, becoming an AHIMA mentor is easy, and makes a great impact on HIM professionals who need role models and inspiration.

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