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CMS to exclusively focus surveys on infection control, other serious safety threats

CMS announced this week that, effective immediately, state survey agencies and accrediting organizations will suspend all non-emergency inspections across the country to allow inspectors to turn their focus toward infection control and other serious threats to safety, such as abuse. This change is in direct response to the threat COVID-19 spread. CMS is also issuing three […]

CMS releases additional infection control guidance in light of COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent out a notice today regarding extra infection control guidance in light of COVID-19. An outbreak of the virus at Life Care in Kirkland, Wash. that resulted in seven deaths with eight sick has prompted SNFs to take notice and CMS to issue new guidance that includes specific […]

CMS releases FY 2019 proposed rule, includes RCS-1 replacement

CMS has posted a proposed rule for FY 2019. The proposal not only changes payment rates, but also proposes a new case mix grouping called the Patient-Driven Payment Model, or PDPM. This model replaces the RCS-1 that was proposed in May of last year. According to CMS, this new system has 80% fewer groupings and […]

Enter to win a free HCPro book- take our book survey!

Take our book survey! We’re constantly striving to deliver the tools you need to make your job easier and more efficient but we can’t do it without hearing from you. Please take a few minutes to fill out our short survey so we can determine what books we should be offering. To take the survey […]

The White House announces 2015 Conference on Aging

The July 13th event will continue the White House’s year-long effort to listen, learn, and share with older adults, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts in the aging field on how to best address the changing landscape of aging in the coming decade. The 2015 Conference aims to embrace the transformative demographic shift […]

Share your feedback, and you could win a free HCPro book!

We are currently conducting our annual customer feedback survey, and we would appreciate your input. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts on the most pressing regulatory and care issues facing long-term care professionals today. To show our thanks, we will select one respondent at random to win a complimentary copy of The […]

COMING SOON! Biller’s Association

At HCPro, we recognize that long-term care billers are a largely underserved professional population. While long-term care has national associations for nearly every type of nursing home professional, no membership association for billing professionals exists – until now. The soon to be launched HCPro’s Billers’ Association is a national membership community designed specifically for long-term […]

Upcoming webcast! WEBCAST REBROADCAST: SNF Consolidated Billing: Who Really Has to Pay All These Invoices?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET When a vendor invoice is received, are you confident with your skilled nursing facility consolidated billing processes and knowing whether or not it should be paid? Join expert Janet Potter, CPA, MAS, for this 90-minute webcast to review the five major categories of skilled nursing facility consolidated […]

The median annual cost of a private nursing home room has increased

The median annual cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $87,600, according to the latest annual survey from insurance company Genworth. This is a 4.4% increase from last year. The median price for a semi-private nursing home room increased by 2.62%, reaching $77,380 a year. The cost of […]