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Three Tips When Converting to A Therapy EMR

July 22, 2014 0 Comments
Three Tips When Converting to A Therapy EMR

Are you in the process of converting to a therapy electronic medical record (EMR)?  Or perhaps you are still considering which EMR program you will select?  Regardless of where you are in the process, you will need these three tips when converting to a therapy EMR.  But first, before I share three tips when converting to […]

New Option in Medicare Appeals

July 17, 2014 1 Comment
New Option in Medicare Appeals

Do you have appeals pending in the Medicare appeals process?  Are you aware there is a new option in Medicare Appeals if you meet certain criteria?  There is a good possibility that many therapy providers that went over the $3700 therapy thresholds and  were denied have reviewed their medical documentation and made a decision regarding appeals.  […]

Rehab Agency Fire Standards

July 16, 2014 0 Comments
Rehab Agency Fire Standards

CMS has released updated interpretive guidelines specifically addressing rehab agency fire standards.  Rehab Agencies are also known as ORFs (Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities) and are referred to as OPTs, (physical therapy) or OSTs (Speech Language Pathology) in various CMS guidelines.  Rehab Agencies are subject to Survey and Certification according to the Rehab Agency Conditions of Participation […]

Medicare Electronic Signature Requirements

July 15, 2014 1 Comment
Medicare Electronic Signature Requirements

Did you know that there are Medicare electronic signature requirements?   CMS has specific guidance on the use of electronic signatures which is applicable to not only therapy notes in your own EMR, but electronic signatures for certification of the plan of care. The following guidelines for electronic signature are found in the Medicare Program Integrity […]

Medicare Signature Requirements

July 12, 2014 7 Comments
Medicare Signature Requirements

When is a signature, not a signature?  Did you know that Medicare has signature requirements? Judging from the number of emails that I have received from the MACs over the past few weeks, it would appear that Medicare’s long standing signature requirement is not being observed.  A number of years ago, prompted in large part by […]

Medicare Audits

July 10, 2014 0 Comments
Medicare Audits

Have you had a Medicare audit?  Medicare has a number of program integrity contractors that can pry into your records, while you are sleeping, as well as during the day for an onsite “surprise ” visit.   Most likely if you have had a Medicare audit, it was most likely a medical review of a claim […]

Therapy Groups

July 9, 2014 1 Comment
Therapy Groups

The question of therapy groups always seems to come up for therapy providers after a staff member has attended a CEU course, or perhaps sought out advice via an online message board or list serve.  Invariably the information is not accurate. It’s happened again!  Let me call it the rogue weekend CEU course as the […]

RAC Updates

July 7, 2014 0 Comments
RAC Updates

RAC ‘n Rehab Series©~  Since the RAC “pause” in activities at the end of February have you been enjoying your summer, sitting at the beach and perhaps wondering about RAC updates?  CMS had previously announced that the RAC contracts would be awarded beginning in May.  The Region 5 contract for Home Health, Hospice and DME was […]

OIG Upcoming Changes

July 4, 2014 0 Comments
OIG Upcoming Changes

OIG Tips Series ~ OIG upcoming changes in CMP and Exclusions were highlighted by Inspector General Dan Levinson at HCCA’s Compliance Institute this past spring.  In continuing his use of colorful slides from the San Diego area the owl was used as a signal to compliance office to be on the outlook for upcoming changes.  Levinson pointed to three upcoming initiatives at […]

Jimmo Maintenance Accountability

July 3, 2014 0 Comments
Jimmo Maintenance Accountability

Medicare Maintenance Series ~ The JIMMO Settlement clarified that skilled maintenance therapies (and nursing) are covered by Medicare. As we enter the Jimmo maintenance accountability phase it is good to review the basics of this important legal case.  As a result of the Settlement Agreement CMS was required to revise pertinent sections of the Medicare […]