AHCC’s advocacy team actively monitors, responds, and participates in industry initiatives to increase the awareness and visibility of the critical role post-acute care plays in the care continuum. AHCC is also committed to setting and measuring standards of professional excellence so patients and their families can have confidence in post-acute care providers.
AHCC and BMSC Submit Comments on OASIS-D
The Association of Home Care Coding and Compliance (AHCC) together with the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance (BMSC), the credentialing arm of AHCC, recently submitted comments to CMS on proposed changes to the OASIS.
Although we appreciate CMS’s attempts at providing a neutral change in that many items were deleted to make way for additional items, the deletion of many of the items will not save time in that, especially the best practices, the items will still need to be a part of the comprehensive assessment. For example, the agency will likely still assess for pain and for pressure ulcer risk, even if the actual OASIS items were deleted. CMS's estimate of the time saved is therefore inaccurate.
Read the rest of AHCC’s comments here.
AHCC Requests New Guidance for Coding Hypertensive Heart Disease with Heart Failure
The Association of Home Care Coding & Compliance has asked the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics to provide updated guidance when reporting codes from the Ischemic Heart Diseases category I20-I25 for patients with hypertension.
To read the letter, click here.
AHCC and BMSC Respond to Draft Interpretive Guidelines
The Association of Home Care Coding and Compliance (AHCC) together with the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance (BMSC) submitted comments on the draft interpretive guidelines for the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs).
Of special interest to our members, AHCC and BMSC asked for clarification concerning:
- How agencies can demonstrate that transfer and discharge policies of the HHA were provided to patients in “a language they understood and in a manner which accommodated any disability.”
- How a significant change in the patient’s condition will impact the 60 day period for review of subsequent plans of care.
- Whether therapists are permitted to perform the drug regimen review.
To read the AHCC/BMSC comment letter, click here.
AHCC and BMSC Respond to 2018 HHPPS Proposed Rule
The Association of Home Care Coding and Compliance (AHCC) together with the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance (BMSC) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and 2019 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements.
Of special concern to our members, the proposed rule outlines plans to:
- Remove the therapy threshold “bonus” payments without factoring in therapy cost calculations elsewhere in the payment system.
- Group home health beneficiaries into six new clinical groups as part of the home health groupings model for payment.
- Return claims that don’t fit into one of the six clinical groups to providers for re-coding.
To read the AHCC/BMSC comment letter, click here
The Home Health and Hospice ICD-10 Transition Workgroup Closing the Coding Guidance Gap
The Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance announces the launch of the Home Care Coding Specialist—Hospice (HCS-H) Credential Exam
AHCC successfully led effort to resolve 7th character issue with CMS
Consortia of home health and hospice associations team up with CMS Ombudsman to ease ICD-10 transition
AHCC and BMSC working to resolve 7th character conundrum
ICD-10 Implementation Success Initiative
AHCC responds in letter to CMS’ proposed drop of the face-to-face (F2F) narrative requirement
Hospital proposed rule: New ICD-10 implementation date is Oct. 1, 2015
Congress passes one-year ICD-10 delay; Obama signature near certain
WEDI/CMS Welcome Home Health and Hospice to the ICD-10 Implementation Success Initiative