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Improve the Accuracy in Coding of Section G; ADL Functional Status

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Wed, Jul 31, 2013

One of the most frequently asked questions during our facility site visits is about how to improve the accuracy in coding of Section G; ADL Functional Status.  The answer is always education, education, education!  Staff turnover and "urban myths" about coding are two barriers that make frequent education a must.  

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Topics: Legislation, Documentation, Medicare, Therapy, CMS, Skilled Nursing

Making Sense of New CMS Guidelines for Maintenance Therapy

Posted by The Harmony Team on Wed, Jul 17, 2013

The Jimmo v. Sebelius lawsuit was brought on behalf of a nationwide class of Medicare beneficiaries by six individual Medicare beneficiaries and seven national organizations representing people with chronic conditions. The Jimmo v. Sebelius case challenged Medicare's use of an "Improvement Standard" to make coverage determinations. On January 24, 2013, a settlement was approved by the federal district court of Vermont expanding Medicare Part A and Part B coverage to include the rendering of skilled nursing and therapy services necessary to maintain a person's condition.

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Topics: Legislation, Documentation, Therapy, CMS, Maintenance Therapy

SNF Therapy Legislative Updates

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Wed, Feb 23, 2011


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Topics: Legislation, Therapy, Medicare Part B, MPPR

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