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How AI-Powered Sourcing Tools Improve Visibility of Minority Healthcare Candidates

For healthcare providers, having a diverse workforce is paramount to quality of care. The communities they serve contain patients from a wide array of backgrounds, races, and socioeconomic classes. Without shared similarities and cultural values among them, it’s difficult for medical professionals to establish the strong patient relationships that are needed for effective care. From […]

CMS releases July 2021 OASIS quarterly Q&As

CMS answers questions about the 5-day assessment time frame and assessing ambulation at the start of care in the recently released OASIS Q&As. This update includes 13 questions offering guidance on things such as: When to assess self-care and mobility for GG items. What constitutes a valid referral for M0104. How to code GG0100C – […]

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate—That Is The Question

More than half of all people in the United States (53.8%) have now been vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While still a far cry from the 70% goal President Joe Biden had predicted, it does show some progress is being made.For workplaces, though, some thorny questions are emerging: Should […]

‘Telehealth 2.0’ is goal of OIG reviews

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector is reviewing telehealth use during the pandemic with an eye on building the blueprint for “telehealth 2.0,” according to Principal Deputy Inspector General Christi Grimm. The OIG recently shared comments Grimm made to the American Health Law Association’s annual meeting June 29, and telehealth was […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Essential tools for the MDS coordinator

Whether you are just beginning your career or are a veteran MDS coordinator, you play a pivotal role in managing the long-term care residents’ care.