Feds increase fines for bloodborne pathogens, other workplace hazards

Source: Home Health Line
Fines for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations have been adjusted for inflation. A pre-publication version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule increasing the civil monetary penalties was posted Jan. 15.
Fines that fall in the categories of serious and other-than-serious and posting requirements will go up from a maximum penalty of $12,934 per violation to $13,260 per violation, while failure-to-abate violations will go up the same amount per day.
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CMS releases quarterly OASIS Q&As offering guidance on new GG items, among others

Source: Home Health Line
About two weeks after OASIS-D took effect, CMS has issued its quarterly Q&A update providing guidance on items new to the assessment, as well as items that were also present on OASIS-C2.
Of the 32 new Q&As, 26 deal with the items new to OASIS-D — GG0100 (Prior functioning), GG0110 (Prior device use), GG0130 (Self-care), GG0170 (Mobility), J1800 (Any falls since start of care (SOC)/ resumption of care (ROC)) and J1900 (Number of …

CMS posts educational materials for patients about opioids

This year, CMS announced strategies to help Medicare Part D sponsors prevent and combat opioid overuse, including the Improving Drug Utilization Review Controls in Part D website contains information about the Medicare Part D opioid overutilization policies including:

Drug Management Programs, codified in the 2019 Parts C & D Final Rule. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-16/pdf/2018-07179.pdf.

As required by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), in this final rule, CMS finalized the framework under which Part D plan sponsors may …

Home health star rating preview reports are now available

Source: Home Health Line
Agencies can now use CASPER to download quality of patient care star rating preview reports for the April 2019 Home Health Compare refresh, according to CMS.
Beginning in April, the measure “Drug education on all medications provided to patient/caregiver” will be removed from quality of care star ratings.
The measure “Improvement in management of oral medications” will be added.