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CMS sets expectations for how states (and providers) should spend new HCBS funding

CMS has issued guidance to states on how it expects officials to administer new federal spending for home and community-based services (HCBS). The guidance also suggests how agencies should spend the money if they end up benefiting from this new federal aid. Up to $11.4 billion in funding was included in the American Rescue Plan […]

New LTC vaccine rules from CMS should be on your radar

CMS has released an interim final rule that sets COVID-19 vaccine requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs-IID). The changes to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for those facilities primarily require vaccines to be offered to residents, clients and staff when available. They also set education and CDC reporting […]

Skilled Nursing Week: Wrapping Up a Week’s Worth of Daily Offers

Sponsors: Intelycare and Vocera Post-Acute Advisor is happy to announce our offerings in honor of Skilled Nursing Week. To celebrate and honor our skilled nursing staff in the long-term care industry, we provided useful and insightful tips and analysis free to you each day of the week! To end the week, here is the list […]

MACs reminding agencies of RAP exception rules

Exceptions are allowed for RAPs approved outside of the five-day window in 2021, but agencies should include information in the remarks field indicating the reason the RAP was late, according to Medicare administrative contractor CGS. Since January 1, 2021, agencies have five days from the start of care to get the RAP approved by their […]

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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 […]

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 […]

What SNFs need to be doing right now to deal with COVID-19

Long-term care regulatory expert Stefanie Corbett chats with us on our first Post-Acute Advisor Podcast. Corbett tells us what facilities should be doing right now to prepare for COVID-19, and what to do with suspected or confirmed cases. We also discuss keeping staff safe and healthy, visitation policies, and how to keep trucking on.