Early Diagnosis of COPD

A new study out of Sweden, recently published in BMC Family Practice, proposes a practice friendly model for predicting COPD, making spirometry referrals, and facilitating early diagnosis. Early diagnosis in COPD may be beneficial in motivating smoking cessation, opening doors to pulmonary rehabilitation, and initiating management in primary care. A National Health and Nutrition Examination . . . Read More

At-Home Physical Therapy for COPD

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) affects the lives of roughly 10% of the American population. Those patients with declining health status, recent hospital discharges, or moderate disability due to COPD may be good candidates for additional programs designed to improve their quality of life and reduce overall health care spending. When patients are homebound, refer to Aspen Healthcare, . . . Read More

Home Health Paperwork Just Got A Lot Easier!

Effective January 1, 2015, doctors are no longer required to create narratives specifically to justify home health episodes. In November 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rule CMS-1611-F eliminating this requirement which was originally introduced in 2011. While the new certification requirements will more closely resemble those of year 2010, . . . Read More

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