Category: Ask the Experts

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Four FAQs answered about dementia residents in assisted living

Editorial Note: This Q&A has been transcribed from HCPro’s On-Demand webinar, Dementia Care in Assisted Living: New Strategies for Improving Resident Centered Care presented by expert Kerry Mills, MPA. Listen here! Q: What do you do about residents who are fairly independent in getting dressed, but always wear the same thing? A: They’re probably wearing […]

Ask the expert: Creating a policy for social media and HIPAA compliance

In 2016, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcements and settlements hit a record high—and HIPAA’s vigilance isn’t expected to change under the new administration. Industry expert Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, from H2 Consulting answers important questions for providers regarding HIPAA compliance and a highly talked about and talked on force: Social media. […]

Emergency preparedness: Planning for an evacuation

Surveys begin November 15, 2017 for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent updates to emergency preparedness (EP) requirements for long-term care. Industry expert and long-term care consultant Bonnie Foster, RN, BSN, Med says her biggest concern is always planning for a potential resident evacuation. She offers several strategies for planning a potential […]

Care area triggers, the CAA process, and how they help the IDT

Editorial Note: This post has been adapted from HCPro’s popular title Long-Term Care MDS Coordinator’s Field Guide by Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT. For content details and ordering information, visit our Marketplace! What is a care area trigger? Certain single MDS items can trigger a care area. Some care areas are triggered by comparing responses entered […]

How do electronic health records fit into long-term care?

Though long-term care (LTC) facilities are not eligible for direct funding for electronic health records (EHR) under the meaningful use program, EHRs are gaining popularity in these settings. Adoptions of EHRs in LTC can reduce medication-related errors, improve clinical documentation, and better coordinate information exchange between healthcare settings, leading to improved resident-centered care. Making the […]

Visit the HCPro booth at AHCA for a chance to win a $500 gift card!

AHCA’s Annual Convention will be held October 16th-19th in Nashville. Come explore the latest news in healthcare technologies, services, and solutions for long-term and post-acute care providers and organizations. Network with industry professionals from all over the country at the AHCA/NCAL Welcome Reception, with plenty of music, food, and fun! Stop by HCPro’s booth (#722) […]

CMS Long-Term Care Open Door Forum is Thursday, April 28, 2pm EST

The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for: Date:  Thursday, April 28, 2016 Start Time:  2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET); Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Todd Smith & Jill Darling **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Opening Remarks Acting Chair – […]

CMS is providing a MLN Connects National Provider Call: Countdown to ICD-10

Thursday, August 27; 2:30-4 pm ET Don’t miss the August 27 MLN Connects Call — five weeks before ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015. CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt will be opening the call with a national implementation update. Then, Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Nelly Leon-Chisen from the […]

Ask the expert: Tube feeding

Q: Regarding tube feeding, I have a resident who resides in a SNF, she receives only flushes, no nutrition via PEG tube. She was skilled for a tube in the past (2013), but has not received any nutrition for a year; does she qualify for another benefit period? She is still receiving flushes with occasional feeding. […]

Ask the expert: Ambulance billing

Q: I work in ambulance billing.  I know that under Original Medicare, many non-emergent transports of bed confined and non-wheelchair patients is billable to the SNF.  Is the same true for Medicare Advantage plans? Also, is there some way to tell when to bill the SNF?   A:  Medicare Advantage plans are not subject to consolidated billing […]