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Isolation and Quality Care Top 10 Criterion You Need to Know: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Sun, Mar 22, 2020


Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency

As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, we are actively observing our world change at an exponential pace.  Despite this rapid change, the commitment level of the team at Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) has not deviated from our uppermost dedication to you, your staff and most importantly, to our role in helping you provide the highest quality care to your residents.

First, and most importantly, the safety of you, your staff and your residents remain the number one priority.  Most of you have readily adapted and maintained our Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) services using remote access.  We are grateful for your flexibility and appreciate your awareness of the potential risks of missing your monthly medical record reviews.  Many scenarios cannot be recouped and a heightened focus on care and reimbursement is essential to successfully navigate the upcoming months.

This leads me into a very important subject matter that fits the current world situation:

Isolation of patient’s with infectious diseases.

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Topics: Isolation, coronavirus, COVID-19

Isolation: Coding Requirements and Supporting Documentation

Posted by The Harmony Team on Thu, Jul 27, 2017


Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency

This week’s hot topic is a resurfacing of the definition of coding of isolation.   We blogged about this in February, but it seems that questions continue to arise.  Let’s dig a little deeper into the RAI Criteria for coding Isolation with a focus on supporting documentation. 

Per the MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual, Isolation is coded only when the resident requires transmission-based precautions and single room isolation (alone in a separate room) because of an active infection (i.e., symptomatic and/or have a positive test and are in the contagious stage) with highly transmissible or epidemiologically significant pathogens that have been acquired by physical contact or airborne or droplet transmission. 

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Topics: Isolation

The MDS Coding Corner: Isolation Criteria

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Tue, Feb 14, 2017


Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency

Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) chart audits across the country reveal a trend in MDS Coding of isolation.  Further scrutiny shows that these coding instances are sometimes lacking documentation to accurately support the coding, while at other times, the coding is a product of definition confusion. For clarification purposes, this blog discusses the coding of isolation or quarantine for active infectious disease (MDS item O0100M). 

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Topics: Isolation, Infectious Disease

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