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Risk of Spreading COVID-19 to Relatives Justifies Abandoning Work, AR Court Rules

All of us are facing the uncertainty and burdens of dealing with COVID-19’s impact on the workplace. One issue revolves around when employees have good cause to abandon their jobs because of the risks created by the virus. The Arkansas Court of Appeals recently addressed the question and sided with the employee. Tracy Keener was […]

CMS proposes hospice rule changes to rates, CoPs, quality measures

CMS released several proposed rules late Thursday, including the FY 2022 Hospice Payment Rate Update. “Despite the continuing public health emergency (PHE) generated by COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pushing forward with significant changes for hospice,” the National Association for Home Care and Hospice noted in its initial analysis of […]

CMS updates QRP and VBP programs for FY2022

On April 8, 2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS-1746-P) that provides updates to and proposals for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP).  This rule includes two new measure proposals: the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Requiring Hospitalization Measure and […]

Re-evaluating Payment After a Year of COVID

With us today is Maureen McCarthy. Maureen is president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, and CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP, a care coordination service provider. We discuss how reimbursement avenues have changed in the past year, and how SNFs need to consider what might change as the pandemic hopefully improves. Post-Acute Advisor · Re-evaluating […]

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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.