This week’s Medicare updates include updated billing requirement information for home infusion therapy services, an implementation delay with additional comment period for the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology final rule, updates to rural health clinic payment limits, and more!
The expansion of telehealth services and the flexibilities introduced through the Hospitals Without Walls waivers are a critical part of hospitals’ COVID-19 response, but the rules and how they interact with each other are often complex. Take a closer look at CMS’ guidelines and how they should be implemented.
Q: Healthcare in rural communities remains an issue. Hospitals in rural areas continue to close at an alarming rate, creating problems for many communities across the U.S. How can these communities respond, and what role can case managers play in this response?
Q: A patient was admitted to our facility with COVID-19-like symptoms, tested negative for COVID-19. Several days later, however, the patient was retested and found to be positive for COVID-19. Should we query the physician or assign a present on admission (POA) indicator of "no" or "unknown"?
Q: We are coming up on our annual HIPAA training for staff. We have used the same training program for several years—it covers the basics and places a strong emphasis on recognizing phishing and other cyberattack tactics. Given the events of the past year, are there any other security trends we should be sure to highlight during our training session?