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March 23, 2020---The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  (CMS) has clarified its position on the use of swing beds, saying that swing beds can accept patients without a three-day inpatient stay. In a question and answer response to the issue, CMS stated the following: Q. Does waiving the requirement…
The regulatory landscape is rapidly changing in the wake of the coronavirus. EDITOR’S NOTE: As with last week, RACmonitor asked Dr. Ronald Hirsch, vice president of R1 RCM, to summarize the most pertinent regulatory changes recently arising. The following is a transcript of his reporting today on Monitor Mondays. “First,…
The uncomfortable truth about the coronavirus pandemic? A near-total and indefinite shutdown of American life is probably just the beginning.   EDITOR’S NOTE: Veteran RACmonitor and ICD10monitor Editor and Correspondent Mark Spivey has spent the last week with his wife at their home in Monmouth County, New Jersey, working remotely…
Coordination and Maintenance committee meeting announces COVID 19 code effective April 1, 2020. The Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting announced that the COVID-19 code that was originally scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020 will now be effective April 1, 2020. The code that will be effective is U07.1.  The…
Ecological grief and climate-related dysphoria. In our last climate-related article and talk, we focused on both nostalgia and solastalgia. Today, we will concentrate on conditions that also connect with loss and sadness. The first is ecological grief, which is rising across the world. It is a term that can be…
A cautionary tale about the virus and its potential financial impact on patients. Here are several direct and indirect financial hits patients could see that may not be waived or covered benefit during the coronavirus pandemic.   While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isn't billing for coronavirus…
The rule does not set requirements for the privacy and security of the apps and the data they contain.  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final interoperability rules were released last week, about a year after the…
CDI will be achieved through an unrelenting focus upon attainment of clinical documentation excellence.  Clinical documentation integrity (CDI) programs are highly ingrained in most hospital and healthcare facilities. Career opportunities abound for CDI specialists who check job board sites and individual healthcare facility websites. A typical synopsis for job duties…