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CMS updates the Medicare physician self-referral law

CMS issued a final rule that aims to modernize and clarify Medicare physician self-referral law, also called “Stark Law” On November 20. Stark Law was first introduced in 1989, and has not been meaningfully updated since. The law aims to protect patients and nursing home residents from physicians pushing services that are in their own […]

Home Health Compare, other CMS compare tools to be retired Dec. 1

CMS announced that it will retire the original compare tools Dec. 1. Released in early September, Care Compare at Medicare.gov replaces the original compare tools, including Nursing Home Compare, Hospital Compare, and Physician Compare. Care Compare streamlines the eight original health care compare tools and can be used to find and compare health care providers, […]

Submit a proposal to speak at DecisionHealth’s home health events

DecisionHealth is doing something monumental in 2021 and combining all the annual home health events into one can’t-miss extravaganza that will deliver fresh valuable content for nearly every title and function in home health agencies. We are recruiting home health professionals to speak at our Home Health World conferences, taking place between Aug. 16-19, 2021, […]

Keeping SNF residents engaged during COVID-19

Note: The following podcast was first aired on June 18, 2020. Social distancing due to COVID-19 has been rough on many SNF residents, but there are several ways to keep residents engaged. Join us as we discuss ways to keep residents social and engaged while maintaining COVID-19 safety precautions. With us today is Stefanie Corbett. […]

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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 […]

5 Ways Interoperability Can Benefit Home-Based Care

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 […]

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.