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CMS Resource: PHQ-2 to 9 Cue Card

CMS is offering a cue card to assist providers in coding the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-2 to 9) as referenced in the coding guidance for D0150. This resource is intended to be utilized during the Patient Mood Interview as a supplemental…
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5-Star Preview Reports Available on 1/23/2023

CMS announced that the Five-Star Preview Reports are available on January 23, 2023. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select…
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OIG to Audit Telehealth Services in 2023

CMS has a substantial influence on how telehealth services are delivered and paid. Specifically, CMS sets forth regulation for payment and coverage requirements. The Office of Inspector General (OIG)’s 2023 Work Plan will provide significant…

Taking Care of Your Heart

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is largely preventable! There is so much you can do to take care of your aging heart and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Sleep Well Poor sleep quality is associated…

Benefits of Afternoon Naps

Daytime napping is common across many cultures and age groups. Did you know taking a short daily nap can boost your mood, energy, and memory? In fact, napping has many proven health benefits. Benefits of Napping: Reduce Stress Improve…

Breathe Better with Postural Drainage Therapy

Mucus in the lungs is a common symptom of many chronic lung diseases. Mucus plays an essential role by trapping irritants to protect your body from infection. However, for people living with chronic lung conditions such as COPD, asthma, and…

Tips to Prevent Low Back Pain

Low back pain is very common and can affect 4 out of 5 people at some time during their lives. As a person ages, lower back pain becomes even more prevalent. The lower back is involved in almost all activities of daily living like standing,…

Physical Therapy Can Help You!

Physical therapists work with people of all ages to feel and move better.  They can help maximize your movement, manage pain, avoid surgery, manage chronic conditions and recover from and prevent injury. Here are some ways physical therapy…

Falls Prevention for Older Adults

Each year 1 in 3 older adults will experience a fall; which is why it’s vitally important to pay attention to your body and stay on top of your balance. To prevent falls, the CDC recommends adults age 65+ should be screened yearly for fall…
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SNF Claims with Zero Hospital Days Prior to Admission Under Review

Blog by: Stacy Baker, OTR/L, RAC-CT, CHC, Proactive Medical Review Effective July 15, 2022, HHS Secretary extended the PHE, the new expiration date being October 13, 2022. CMS continues to recognize that disruptions arising from a PHE can…

What We Are Loving Right Now… Benchmarking!

By: Sheena Mattingly, HTS Director of Clinical Outcomes What we’re loving right now is benchmarking. Before you call me a data nerd, which I certainly am, let me explain. HTS invests in Business Intelligence (BI) software which is used…

5 Tips for Aging Well

As we get older, we experience both mental and physical changes to our health. There are strategies for achieving a healthier life to remain active and independent for as long as possible.   Move More. Sit Less:  Sitting too much can be…