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6th Circuit Offers Tips on Managing Workplace Harassment, Discrimination Complaints

A new decision from the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Michigan employers) provides guidance for employers on the corrective actions necessary to respond to employee harassment allegations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 4 Separate Incidents Alleged Ronald Burns was employed as a maintenance technician by Berry Global, […]

PHE extended for another 90 days

The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the Public Health Emergency (PHE) due to COVID-19 for an additional 90 days. The PHE has been renewed on a quarterly bases since it was first implemented in January 2020. The latest renewal will take the PHE into mid-summer, with a new end date on July […]

NOA errors continue for U537F with no workaround

A Notice of Admission (NOA) error involving previous discharges that was thought to be fixed is continuing to cause trouble for home health agencies, according to an alert from Medicare Administrative Contractors NGS and Palmetto GBA. In an urgent notice to providers April 13, 2022, NGS noted that an issue in the Common Working File […]

The Ripple Effect of Recruiting the Best Talent

Every experienced recruiter knows that finding the best talent for your organization is no mean feat. It’s a skill that is at once art and science, with a bit of good luck thrown into the mix. However, when you succeed in bringing the best people on board, the effect on the entire company can be […]

Updated CMS vaccine mandate guidance stresses contractor compliance

Make sure contracted staff are compliant with CMS’ vaccine requirement and that these contractors can provide proof of vaccination. CMS updated its guidance to surveyors on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, making it clear that contractor compliance is a high priority during survey reviews of vaccine documentation. The new guidance notes that surveyors should review the […]

CMS updates HHVBP FAQ for April

CMS is providing more resources for agencies as it prepares for implementation of the national rollout of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model beginning in 2023. In a message to providers April 7, 2022, CMS highlighted updates to its HHVBP Frequently Asked Questions, with the FAQ growing to 45 pages. Among the new and […]

HRSA opens brief window for late PRF reports

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is providing a brief window for providers to make a late filing request for their spending under the first Provider Relief Fund (PRF). The Request to Report Late Due to Extenuating Circumstances for Period 1 will run from Monday, April 11, 2022, to Friday, April 22, 2022. The […]

Addressing the Second Pandemic: Employee Mental Health

Two years into the pandemic, employee burnout continues to rage on.  According to a 2021 American Psychological Association survey of over 1,500 U.S. workers, 79% of them experienced some form of work-related stress a month before the survey was conducted. Almost 3 in 5 respondents said they’ve suffered symptoms of burnout, such as loss of […]

Services provided errors lead to change in April refresh

For the April 2022 refresh of the Care Compare webpage, CMS will re-publish home health agency services provided data from the January 2022 refresh, according to a CMS alert March 31, 2022. This will give CMS time to correct issues in the April 2022 Provider Preview Reports that caused the provider services info to be […]

MAC: Fix announced for NOA discharge error

Some providers are getting the green light to resubmit NOAs beginning April 4, 2022, for RTPs with reason code U537F that were returned due to a system error. National Government Services (NGS), a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) working with agencies in 19 states, announced the fix March 31, 2022, after first identifying the issue January […]