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Proposed rule aims to expand use of fluctuating workweek

A new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) intends to clarify that employers who pay nonexempt workers bonuses or other incentive-based pay in addition to a fixed salary can use the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method of paying overtime as a way to keep costs down as long as other requirements for using […]

Include Instagram in your agency’s overall marketing plan, here’s how

While it’s important to have an Instagram business account, that alone will not win an instant client. Reach out through multiple platforms to secure a strong online presence, recommends Valerie VanBooven, co-owner and founder of St. Louis, Mo.-based LTC Expert Publications, which provides online marketing strategies for providers in home care and assisted living. The […]

Despite RoP Phase III implementation, surveyors lack guidance

Phase III Requirements for Participation (RoP) took effect on November 28, but CMS has yet to release guidance for surveyors. “While the Phase 3 requirements will be effective November 28, 2019, and facilities are required to comply with these and all requirements, our ability to survey for compliance with these requirements will be limited until […]

Gap in health IT knowledge prevalent among postacute care staff

Postacute care staff struggle to adopt health IT technology, according to a new study by Black Book Market Research. The study found that 90% of the 1,640 postacute care facilities surveyed lacked IT capabilities and preparation to successfully transition to value-based care in 2020. The study also found that: 14% of Skilled Nursing Facilities and […]

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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 […]