The Federal Government has issued a statement that 2017 Tax Tables are to be used until the new 2018 Tax tables are published. This may not be until February 2018. Agencies should ensure they have the most current software version 6248 dated 12/27/17 to continue using the 2017 tax tables. Allegheny Software Publishers will be monitoring daily for the published 2018 tax tables. Please monitor Allegheny Messages. When the new Tax tables have been published and are available with a software update, the information will be posted on Allegheny Messages.

Agencies will need to have Main Office software version 6247 and Clinical Point of Care software version 2643 dated 12-20-17 or later for Medicare and OASIS changes effective January 1, 2018. The software version will contain updates for Medicare PPS billing and OASIS XML file changes for OASIS Version and HIPPS version. The new changes will be reflected for OASIS with a M0090 date of January 1, 2018 or later.

The training video for the Interactive Plan of Care Guide is available.
A new feature, not included in the training video, has been added to the Comprehensive SOC, Recertification and Resumption of Care Assessments for those agencies utilizing the per visit/ nursing interventions available for initiation through the Interactive Plan of Care Guide. A new Import Interventions button is available in the Comprehensive assessment with Clinical Point of Care software version 2643 dated 12-20-17. The button can be found in the Orders/Treatment section of the Comprehensive assessment, Notes tab. The interventions must be initiated/posted and updated with patient specifics through the Interactive Plan of Care Guide prior to posting in the Order notes tab. The Interventions displaying in the Order/Notes tab will be included on the comprehensive assessment print form.

Available with Main Office software version 6247 and Clinical Point of Care software version 2643 dated 12-12-17, a new field has been added to the Medication Grid.
Agencies may now indicate who is the responsible party for medication administration for each prescribed medication entered into a patient’s medication grid.
The entered Administration Responsibility will be included in the medication snap shot for the Plan of Care and on the Medication Profile and medication treatment sheets.
Hospice agencies will now also see the entered payer responsibility for each prescribed medication in the medication snapshot for the Hospice Plan of Care and the Medication profile.

A new PECOS file is available for download.

A training video is now available for download titled, Interactive Plan of Care Guide. After the software version update released at the end of the business day 12/18/17, the previously released training video Intervention Guide will no longer be available.
Software enhancements have been made to the Intervention guide feature necessitating a name change. The Interactive Plan of Care Guide is a powerful tool to assist your agency in meeting the new Home Health Conditions of Participation requirements and long standing clinical note requirements. The Interactive Plan of Care Guide fosters development of patient specific interventions, orders, education and training, outcomes and goals using an evidenced based approach. The Interactive Plan of Care Guide uses Best practice interventions with embedded interventions to promote patient engagement through motivational interviewing. Use of the Interactive Plan of Care Guide is an efficient tool for documentation of services performed, patient response or change in behavior to previous services performed, addressing patient barriers to care and evaluation of patient self management. Interventions are provided as a guide. All Interventions should be updated as needed to reflect each patients specific needs, disease process and goals.
All interventions, Orders, Teaching and Goals can be updated for patient specifics.

An additional check box has been added to ‘Exclude Employee Phone Number’ from the Emergency Summary sheet generated in the Control Board/PT Status/Risk Triage Alerts Emergency tab with main Office Software Version 6239 dated 12/05/17. Removal of the employee phone numbers attached to the patient scheduled visit plan can be utilized when generating a ‘Patient Copy’ of the Emergency Summary Sheet.
Agencies may also create a Communication Note with a Special Type, “Emergency Disaster Summary”. A new button inside the document will appear and allow the import of the Emergency Summary Sheet data into the Communication note. Using the special type of communication note will provide agencies the option to retain a historical patient Emergency Summary Sheet. The most up to date/current Emergency Disaster information for the Patient will still be accessed through the Emergency Summary Sheets generated through the Control Board.

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