Complimentary Executive Update Webinar: Get the Latest Facts about Pre-Claim Review and CoP Effective Date

As you’ve probably heard, CMS paused Pre-Claim Review in Illinois, postponed indefinitely its start in Florida and the other states and issued a proposed rule that will change the new CoP rule effective date to January 13, 2018. The industry is abuzz with questions and Fazzi has the answers.

Join Gina Mazza, Partner and Director of Regulatory and Compliance Services, for a brief complimentary executive update webinar.  In this webinar you will get the latest facts on Pre-Claim Review and the new CoP rule effective date, and learn what you should be doing now, regardless of these changes.

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Hospice Item Set: What You Need to Know About the April 1st Updates

On April 1, 2017, the Hospice Item Set (HIS) underwent several revisions. This includes two new quality measures that will now be publicly reported on starting summer 2017:

  • Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent Measure Pair
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure

Additionally, a new HIS-discharge section O – Service Utilization has 4 new HIS Items you need to know about:

  • O5000 Level of care in final 3 days
  • O5010 Number of hospice visits in final 3 days
  • O5020 Level of care in final 7 days
  • O5030 Number of hospice visits in 3-6 days prior to death

We’re pleased to announce our updated Hospice Item Set course in the Fazzi Learning Center. This is a comprehensive HIS training that includes the April 1st updates and more.  Use it to update current staff on the changes, as well as to train new staff on all of the HIS requirements.  Don’t risk impacting your Hospice Compare scores. Purchase this complete training session today.

We keep all of the Fazzi Learning Center online trainings current and up to date with new rules and regulations, so that you don’t have to worry about updating your training material.

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Fazzi’s Home Health Conditions of Participation “Beyond the Basics” Readiness Webinar Series

Codntions of Participation Readiness Webinar SeriesReady to read, digest and determine how your agency will comply with the final 374-page rule updating the Home Health Conditions of Participation for Medicare and Medicaid (CoP) for the first time in 20 years? By July 13th?

Fazzi will help you get there! Register today for Fazzi’s Conditions of Participation Readiness Webinar Series that will take you beyond the basics of the rule and help you prepare you for the three most expanded components of the new CoPs:

  • QAPI
  • Care Planning and Coordination
  • Patients Rights

CoP Readiness Webinar – Your QAPI Program; Right for Your Agency!
Wednesday, March 8th; 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
The 2017 Conditions of Participation (CoP) now include multiple requirements for an agency-wide QAPI Program. Your QAPI program must be individualized to your agency, data driven and designed to improve patient outcomes. Join us for a focused review on what you need to know now and how to be ready before July 2017! This presentation is designed to share with staff and leadership to help ensure you have met the requirement to educate all skilled professionals on QAPI.

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Second Annual National OASIS Testing Project – This Year with Two Exciting Additions!

Home health agencies across the country are invited to participate in Fazzi’s National OASIS Testing Project. The National Testing Project is a major effort initiated by Fazzi to measure OASIS competence across the nation. Last year we had over 200 agencies participate, and the results were eye opening. This year’s test begins March 13th.

As a participating agency, you will receive:

  • Detailed results for your agency as a whole and for each clinician.
  • Results segmented by M-items that impact quality, reimbursement, Star Ratings, Value-Based Purchasing measures and by major OASIS segment.
  • Benchmark data comparing your agency to national results and to your own so tate results.
  • Free participation in a national webinar to review the results and provide insights and best practice training tips.
  • Free 30-minute consultation call to review your scores and provide recommendations for improvement.

The cost to participate is only $30 per tester.

Plus Two Exciting Additions – New This Year!
We all know how important OASIS is. Because the accuracy of OASIS assessments directly impacts patient outcomes, Star ratings, reimbursement, and Value-Based Purchasing measures, achieving OASIS Excellence is critical to the very viability and success of your agency. Continue reading “Second Annual National OASIS Testing Project – This Year with Two Exciting Additions!”

CoP Readiness Webinar Series

Ready to read, digest and determine how your agency will comply with the final 374-page rule updating the Home Health Conditions of Participation for Medicare and Medicaid (CoP) for the first time in 20 years? By July 13th? Fazzi will help you get there!

Fazzi’s CoP Readiness Webinar Series that will take you beyond the basics of the rule and help you prepare you for the three most expanded components of the new CoPs:

  • QAPI
  • Care Planning and Coordination
  • Patients Rights

Those registering for the full webinar series will also receive a complimentary white paper, “New CoPs? New Practice Imperatives!” which outlines our recommended updates to case management practices to align with the new conditions.

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National OASIS Testing Project

It’s that time of year! Home health agencies across the country are invited to participate in Fazzi’s National OASIS Testing Project. The National Testing Project is a major effort initiated by Fazzi to measure OASIS competence across the nation. Last year we had over 200 agencies participate, and the results were eye opening. This year’s test begins March 13th.

Learn about the benefits and register today by clicking the link below.

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Emergency Preparedness: Preparing for This New Home Health and Hospice Rule

Webinar, Emergency Preparedness for Home Health Agencies: Final Rule

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
1.0 Contact Hour

Home health and hospice agencies have a new Condition of Participation. After three years of waiting, the final rule for Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers, was finally posted in September.

The Emergency Preparedness Rule outlines the requirements for all providers and suppliers in regards to planning, preparing and training for emergency situations. The rule includes emergency plans, communication and accountability requirements as well as the training of staff. The rule goes into effect November 16, 2016. Home health and hospice providers must have an emergency plan in place when this rule takes effect and must comply and implement all regulations one year after the effective date (November 16, 2017).

The time to begin preparing is now! Join us for a 1-hour live webinar where we’ll review the new rule and discuss best practice strategies for implementing a solid Emergency Preparedness program in your agency.

Sign up today and receive a free Emergency Preparedness Checklist: A step by step guide for implementing a successful Emergency Preparedness program in your organization.

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News about Coding Diabetes That Can Affect Reimbursement

Click here to register for the webinar on Wednesday, May 25, 1:00 PM.

We are closely following an important development that could very well revolutionize the coding of diabetes and their manifestations!  We’ll be discussing the issue in depth in a complimentary webinar entitled “Decoding Diabetes Coding” on Wednesday, May 25 at 1:00 PM EDT.  Click here to register.

The Issue
At issue is the interpretation of the long-standing coding guidelines of the meaning of “with” in ICD-10-CM.  The interpretation is particularly significant for diabetes which has 53 opportunities to code subterm conditions listed under the main term of Diabetes.  The ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting states at Section I.A.15, “The word ‘with’ should be interpreted to mean ‘associated with’ or ‘due to’ when it appears in a code title, the Alphabetic Index, or an instructional note in the Tabular List.  The word ‘with’ in the Alphabetic Index is sequenced immediately following the main term, not in alphabetical order.”

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Improve Your Star Rating with our New Coding Feature!

Our job is to empower your agency to become Invincible, and we are constantly enhancing our services to help you do just that.

We’re pleased to tell you about a vital addition to our coding review process – the integration of STAR items into our coding review.  The feedback you receive for each patient is easy to use and highlights those M-items that impact the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating, and ultimately, reimbursement. This will allow your agency to know how and where you can improve your STAR rating, and protect your revenue.

If you’re currently a coding customer (thank you!), a member of our team will contact you soon to explain the details of this important enhancement.

If you’re not a current coding customer, this is one more reason to consider Outsourced Coding from Fazzi Associates!  And here are just a few more…

  • You’ll love our fast turnaround time and 24/7/365 coverage!
  • You’ll rest easy knowing you can count on a manager, coordinator and team of coders assigned to your agency!
  • Less work for you!  We use your EMR with a HIPAA-compliant connection and enter codes directly into your system.

Questions?  We love questions. Contact us today.

Fazzi’s Value-Based Accelerator Program launched at NAHC

Fazzi Associates’ value-based accelerator program was launched at NAHC. Read more about value-based purchasing.