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Texas Court Rules Vaccine Mandates Are Legal

Texas’ Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is granted the authority to set immunization requirements by the Texas Education Code, Chapter 38. If you attended school from grades K-12, then you are familiar with these mandatory vaccines, e.g., measles, tuberculosis, tetanus, and polio. Vaccine mandates didn’t start with COVID-19, and they won’t end there, either. […]

MACs announce fix for HIPPS code payment error

Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) have addressed a payment error impacting some claims that were tied to the generic HIPPS code used on RAPs. The HIPPS code on the RAP is only used by the CMS system to pair RAPs with the final claim. Under PDGM, the CMS payment system is expected to determine the actual […]

HHS revises reporting requirements for Provider Relief Fund payments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, is releasing revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. This announcement includes expanding the amount of time providers will have to report information, aims to reduce burdens on smaller providers, and extends key deadlines for expending […]

Agency to pay $140,000 after overtime lawsuit from DOL

A Pennsylvania home health agency will pay $66,000 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 98 registered nurses and licensed practical nurses after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor noted a failure to pay overtime wages, including payment for ancillary work and work-related travel, according to a DOL news […]

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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 […]

Coronavirus fears at work: What employers need to know to stay protected

News reports of deaths and illnesses from the rapidly spreading coronavirus get scarier every day. Millions of people are being quarantined. Foreign companies and governments are evacuating their people from hard-hit areas of China where the virus got its start. And even employees who don’t travel for work are getting anxious about traveling coworkers who […]