Category: News

Proposed rule aims to expand use of fluctuating workweek

A new proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) intends to clarify that employers who pay nonexempt workers bonuses or other incentive-based pay in addition to a fixed salary can use the fluctuating workweek (FWW) method of paying overtime as a way to keep costs down as long as other requirements for using […]

Include Instagram in your agency’s overall marketing plan, here’s how

While it’s important to have an Instagram business account, that alone will not win an instant client. Reach out through multiple platforms to secure a strong online presence, recommends Valerie VanBooven, co-owner and founder of St. Louis, Mo.-based LTC Expert Publications, which provides online marketing strategies for providers in home care and assisted living. The […]

Despite RoP Phase III implementation, surveyors lack guidance

Phase III Requirements for Participation (RoP) took effect on November 28, but CMS has yet to release guidance for surveyors. “While the Phase 3 requirements will be effective November 28, 2019, and facilities are required to comply with these and all requirements, our ability to survey for compliance with these requirements will be limited until […]

Gap in health IT knowledge prevalent among postacute care staff

Postacute care staff struggle to adopt health IT technology, according to a new study by Black Book Market Research. The study found that 90% of the 1,640 postacute care facilities surveyed lacked IT capabilities and preparation to successfully transition to value-based care in 2020. The study also found that: 14% of Skilled Nursing Facilities and […]

Requirement to use SSN-free Medicare numbers approaches, know what to do if numbers change

Agencies will soon be required to submit all claims using new Medicare beneficiary identifiers (MBIs), but agencies should be prepared for times when those MBIs change. Medicare beneficiaries or their authorized representative can request to change the MBI if needed, as can CMS, according to a release from Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) CGS. This could happen if the […]

New bill would mandate SNF minimum staffing requirements

A new bill, The Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act (S.2943), proposes to add minimum staffing requirements for SNFs participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The new bill, as summarized by The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, would: establish minimum nurse staffing levels for nursing homes under Medicare and Medicaid; expand training requirements […]

Hospitals discharging more to home health than SNFs

SNF admissions from hospitals dropped in all 50 states last year, according to the 2019 Industry Trend Report from Trella Health. The report examined Medicare Part A and Part B claims submitted across the postacute care continuum, and found that 23.3% of patients were discharged to home health, while only 21.1% were discharged to a […]

Home care will add more new jobs, supply of workers insufficient for demand

The home care workforce is expected to add more than one million additional jobs between 2018 and 2028, with the most growth among personal care aides. Evidence based on job vacancies, turnover and unmet need suggests that the supply of workers is increasingly insufficient to meet demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment projections […]