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Archie

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Home Care(Part A) Billing from Home
« on: March 19, 2009, 01:14:41 PM »
Hello,
I have a question with respect to Home health care billing(Part A) from Home. Is it possible to do billing and data entry (Oasis) from home? As typically for entering all the patients info in the system requires one to go through various documents which are located in the home healthcare office.  So if we have to do billing from home is it ok to carry/move the document from the home health office to my home or is it against the HIPAA rules?

I would like to know if anyone is already billing for Home healthcare from home and if yes is it legal to have patients records moved to billing agency for data entry purpose


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Re: Home Care(Part A) Billing from Home
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2009, 07:35:07 PM »
There are rules regarding removing PHI from the office but as long as you follow the rules it can be done.  The person removing the documents must sign them out of the office, have them clearly labeled as PHI, and must have the data secure the entire time that the PHI is in their possession. 

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Re: Home Care(Part A) Billing from Home
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2009, 03:53:30 PM »
Michelle, Thanks for your response.Its encouraging to know that as long as one follows the guidelines set by Hipaa, PHI can be moved.

Are you aware of any agreements which a billing agency(BA) will have to sign with the provider or the Insurance company in order to disclose the PHI for billing purpose? Is it necessary?

Thanks in advance .

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Re: Home Care(Part A) Billing from Home
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2009, 06:47:55 PM »
We have a section in our contract that states that we will use any PHI for billing purposes only, etc.  That should cover it.

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