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Manage medications ahead of OASIS-E

Agencies should ensure clinicians are familiar with the high-risk drug classes ahead of OASIS-E implementation and the addition of N0415 (High-risk drug classes: use and indication). Explain why it’s important. Be sure that staff are educated and competent in the various high-risk drug classes. Designate education around different medications. Make sure you’re asking the right […]

CMS releases HHVBP benchmarks, thresholds

Agencies preparing for Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) in 2023 now have access to achievement thresholds and benchmarks for each quality measure via the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) portal at https://iqies.cms.gov/. The achievement thresholds and benchmarks were calculated using quality measure data for 2019, the model baseline year, according to a CMS […]

OIG reviewing OASIS fall reporting

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has announced a new review of the “accuracy of falls reporting in home health OASIS assessments,” according to a work plan update for May 2022. The OIG noted that Care Compare now includes the percentage of patients in home health care who fell and […]

CMS releases OASIS-E guidance manual

CMS has released the much-anticipated draft guidance manual for the OASIS-E version of the OASIS data set. The OASIS-E will be used for assessments beginning Jan. 1, 2023. The new 396-page guidance manual includes an item-by-item guide to the OASIS-E assessment instrument (page 13), as well as a 10-page description of the changes from OASIS-D […]

Home health agency to pay $2.1 million in DOJ settlement

A home health agency has paid $2.1 million to settle claims of improper billing for services provided to patients in Florida, according to an announcement May 5, 2022, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Kentucky, where the agency is headquartered. According to a complaint filed in the United States District Court […]

NOA discharge error resolved, reports NGS

NGS, a Medicare administrative contractor serving agencies in 19 states, reports to its providers that there has been a resolution for the months-long issue with Notices of Admission that was causing a return to provider incorrectly with edit code U537F. The error was due to the Common Working File not correctly recognizing discharges, according to […]

FDA limits authorization for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

In a new message to providers May 5, 2022, CMS is noting that the FDA has limited the authorized use of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is now only authorized for patients 18 years or older: For whom other authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines are not accessible or clinically appropriate Who […]

Post-Acute Advisor Quick Poll 2022: National Nurses Week

As part of National Nurses Week, Post-Acute Advisor reached out to our readers with a few questions about staff morale, how organizations can help strengthen nursing’s role in overall quality and care, along with what issues organizations should focus on moving forward beyond COVID-19. Highlights include improvements in overall organization morale; the need for a […]

National Nurses Week Podcast: Bringing Staffing Back to Safe Levels in Long-Term Care

Healthleaders nursing editor, Carol Davis, interviews Reginald Hislop III, the managing partner of H2 Healthcare and consultant, author, and widely recognized thought leader in post-acute care, about the state of nurse staffing in long-term care facilities, and how those facilities can successfully recruit and retain nurses to bring staffing back to safe levels.

National Nurses Week Spotlight – Meet IntelyCare’s Lynn Barry

Lynn Barry, MSN, RN is the Director of Clinical Quality and Compliance at IntelyCare. She is an innovative, results-oriented nursing leader who is committed to improving health outcomes and health equity. Lynn is skilled in applying Lean methodologies for continuous process improvement in an effort to deliver coordinated, high-quality care. Her experience spans a wide […]