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CMS releases updated FAQs on the Review Choice Demonstration

CMS has released an updated operational guide and frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the home health Review Choice Demonstration. The FAQs were updated Jan. 6 and include new questions related to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) which took effect Jan. 1. In one of these FAQs, CMS explains that agencies should not use the same Unique […]

Hospice quality reporting requirements updated for FY2021

CMS has released requirements documents for fiscal year 2021. The requirements have been updated to reflect changes in the FY2020 final rule. Updates have been made to the following: Getting Started with the Hospice Quality Reporting Program Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Requirements for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and Future FY Reporting Years Hospice Quality Reporting […]

Is your SNF prepared for an emergency?

With the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and wildfires in California, it’s as important as ever for SNFs to brush up on their emergency preparedness plan. CMS’ emergency preparedness (EP) final rule, was enacted November 16, 2016. Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual provides interpretive guidance to the final rule that provides insight on […]

SNF employment rates drop for third consecutive month

The decline of SNF staffing has accelerated for the third consecutive month, according to new data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The 6,700 jobs lost in December are nearly quadruple the 1,700 positions lost in November and the 1,300 in October, as previously reported by the BLS. While it’s still unconfirmed […]

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5 Ways Interoperability Can Benefit Home-Based Care

Sponsored by - MatrixCare

By: Navin Gupta, VP, Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty, MatrixCare The digital age has created an overhaul of technology within the healthcare industry – transforming health records into collections of electronic data that should simplify administration processes for providers everywhere. But just because health records have gone digital, doesn’t mean it makes communication any […]

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 […]

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 […]

Post-Acute Wound Management and Patient-Derived Reimbursement Models

Sponsored by - Synergy Wound Technology

By: Roger B. Schechter, MD, Fellow of American College of Wound Specialists; Chief Medical Officer, Synergy Wound Technology Wound care has always been a considerable challenge in the post-acute setting. Patients with skin breakdown usually have a plethora of chronic comorbid conditions. Chronic wounds themselves, including pressure injuries, diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, severe […]