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Grant to fund deprescribing study

The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) recently announced the recipient of its 2021 research grant. Jinjiao Wang, PhD, RN and her team at the University of Rochester School of Nursing are working to develop a deprescribing intervention for older home health patients with multimorbidity and polypharmacy which aligns with existing home health […]

MACs again address HIPPS code confusion

Due to a number of inquiries about HIPPS code requirements, Medicare Administrative Contractor CGS is reminding providers of a change under PDGM that has impacted no-pay RAPS and final claims in 2021. The issue is a HIPPS code required for the RAP. It can be any valid HIPPS code, but the code used on the […]

Study: Low wages, recruitment struggles hindering direct care hiring

A new study by PHI National and the University of California San Francisco found that “an immeasurably small number” of displaced workers during the second quarter of 2020 were re-employed into direct care. The study authors suggested low wages for director care workers likely contributed to the lack of movement into these jobs. They also […]

The Next Health Challenge for Employers: Navigating Flu Season Amid a Pandemic

Living through a pandemic has taught us many things, chief among them being that just when you think you’ve adapted to a new normal, it’s already changed. Viruses evolve, as do our responses. Today, we have a better understanding of how the virus spreads and vaccines that are effective and readily available. But we’re also […]

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Intake and output monitoring

You should monitor residents who have fluid imbalances or are at high risk of dehydration by calculating intake and output (I&O) each shift.

Fire safety guidance for senior living

This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s new title, Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living, a cost-effective, all-inclusive guide to improve safety and satisfaction in your senior living facility. Fire drills should be done based on your state regulations and/or your facility’s policy and procedures. Staff must be […]

Ask the expert: Tube feeding coverage

Q: We have a lot of questions in our facility about tube feeders and Medicare Part A eligibility. Here is one example: A person getting tube fed uses 100 days of their benefit, goes off Medicare Part A, has a 60 day break in illness, and was then readmitted to hospital with a hip fracture. He […]

Coronavirus fears at work: What employers need to know to stay protected

News reports of deaths and illnesses from the rapidly spreading coronavirus get scarier every day. Millions of people are being quarantined. Foreign companies and governments are evacuating their people from hard-hit areas of China where the virus got its start. And even employees who don’t travel for work are getting anxious about traveling coworkers who […]

PDPM Q&A: Payment overview and billing

CMS has released its FAQ sheet on PDPM: Q. What is PDPM? A. The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is a new case-mix classification system for classifying skilled nursing facility (SNF) patients in a Medicare Part A covered stay into payment groups under the SNF Prospective Payment System. Effective beginning October 1, 2019, PDPM will […]