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DOL Releases New FMLA Model Forms

Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released new model forms that employers can use to coordinate employee leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Released on July 16, 2020, the revised medical certification and notices forms were immediately effective and available for employers to use. The DOL also published a Request […]

CMS releases COVID-19 self-isolation counseling checklist

CMS has released a checklist to help providers counsel patients who are self-isolating after they are tested for COVID-19 and prior to the onset of symptoms, CMS said in a news alert. A counseling checklist is available through CMS on their website, along with links to more information. View this at https://www.cms.gov/files/document/counseling-checklist.pdf. This checklist was […]

CMS Updates Medicare Payment Policy for SNFs

CMS released an update to the SNF Medicare payment rates and the quality programs on July 31. The updates include routine technical rate-setting updates to the SNF PPS payment rates, finalizes adoption of the most recent OMB statistical area delineations, and applies a 5 percent cap on wage index decreases from FY 2020 to FY […]

Q4 PEPPPERS to be delivered to home health agencies soon

PEPPERs for the fourth quarter of calendar year 2019 will be delivered to home health agencies on August 12, 2020. According to the PEPPER website, PEPPERs will be available electronically to the agency’s CEO, president, administrator, compliance officer or quality assurance/performance improvement officer with the certification number (which is also referred to as Provider Number […]

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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.

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 […]

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 […]

5 Ways Interoperability Can Benefit Home-Based Care

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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 […]

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 […]