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Flexibility Can Help Employees with Mental Health Issues

May is Mental Health Month and a recent FlexJobs survey suggests that flexible work options can help workers manage mental illness and keep them on the job during the difficult life events they may be experiencing. As we’re all aware, COVID-19 has changed life as we know it and remote work has become a viable […]

OIG investigates COVID-19 response at nursing homes

The OIG announced a focused effort to investigate nursing home responses to COVID-19. One facet of the investigation will focus on auditing infection control efforts at nursing homes, while another will focus on CMS oversight efforts during the pandemic. “To reduce the likelihood of contracting and spreading COVID-19 at these nursing homes, effective internal controls […]

Officials warn to stay prepared for second wave of COVID-19 infections

Whether your home health agency is already working toward recovery from a peak load of COVID-19 patients or is still amidst the onslaught, remember there will be a second wave of patients in a few months. Take your lessons learned and update policies, protocols and action plans in anticipation of patient numbers that may be […]

CMS updates hospice quality review program

CMS has released its updates for the first quarter (January to March 2020) Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). The update includes Hospice QRP requirements and information CMS gathered for the development of the Hospice Outcome & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) tool. Additionally, CMS has been recruiting hospice providers to participate in a HOPE field test (called […]

CMS provides COVID-19 nursing home information for home health and hospice

CMS’ Quality, Safety and Oversight (QSO) group released a memo directed to nursing homes that is helpful for home health and hospice providers. The memo provides guidance on reporting COVID-19 to residents, representatives and families of residents, as well as reporting the data directly to the CDC. CMS will also begin posting data from the […]

CMS COVID-19 guidance

To date, CMS has released guidance to aid SNFs during the COVID-19 pandemic, including everything from PPE usage to infection control. The following is summary of actions taken thus far, as outlined by CMS, including links to each action: February 6, 2020 CMS took action to prepare the nation’s healthcare facilities for the COVID-19 threat. […]

New guidance issued to safely reopen LTC facilities

CMS released new guidance for states working to safely reopen LTC facilities. The guidance, part of the Trump Administration Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, details infection control, testing, and surveillance recommendations that states should follow in order to reopen. “Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on nursing homes, and as we reopen America, we […]

CMS updates COVID-19 emergency declaration blanket waivers for health care providers

CMS has updated its COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers document. Therapists who can perform the initial and comprehensive assessment for home health patients now include physical therapists (PTs) and speech language pathologists (SLPs), in addition to occupational therapists. This applies during the public health emergency. For more information, visit: https://go.cms.gov/35TLIIL.  

Activate Your Career Paths Post-COVID19

The impact of the pandemic on every sector has been massive, especially for healthcare professionals. The workforce has dealt with major impacts spanning staff assignments being shifted to areas of greater need to work from home mandates. In other instances individuals are reconciling job furloughs, layoffs, and even closures, with vulnerability replacing job security. However, […]