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Tips for dementia resident care

Caring for residents with dementia can be a difficult task, but taking an interdisciplinary approach while caring for residents can go a long way. The following tips on how to approach dementia care are from Caring for the Dementia Resident by Frosini Rubertino, RN, BSN, C-NE, CDONA/LTC, available for purchase here. Person-centered care. CMS requires […]

Half of seniors fear developing dementia

Approximately half of American seniors fear developing dementia, according to a JAMA Neurology analysis released in November. The study, conducted by University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging researchers in October 2018, questioned 1019 Americans aged between 50 and 64 years, and found that nearly half believed themselves to be at risk for developing […]

CMS adds some Physician Assistants to allowed drug order sources for hospices

Hospices will now be permitted to accept medication orders from some physician assistants, according to the CY2020 Physician Fee Schedule final rule filed on Nov. 1. Prior to this, hospices were only allowed to accept prescription orders from physicians and nurse practitioners According to the rule, in order for the hospice to be able to […]

Quarterly OASIS Q&As offer additional guidance on responding to GG items

CMS in its latest quarterly OASIS Q&As provided agencies with additional guidance about how to respond to GG items capturing information on prior device use, self-care and mobility. Questions 28 through 36 of the October 2019 Q&As deal with these items, which were added to the OASIS this year. In Question 35, one agency asked […]

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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.

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 […]

CMS releases tables detailing the 2019 quality measures for home health

Source: Home Health Line CMS has published updated details on potentially avoidable events, process and outcome measures for 2019. The updated tables also include details on star-ratings measures and quality measures new to Home Health Compare in 2019. Claims-based outcome measures “Medicare spending per beneficiary” and “Discharge to community” are joining the ranks of publicly […]