Category: News

Skilled Nursing and Documentation Challenges During COVID-19

Today, long-term care expert Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, RAC-MT, CQP, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC., discusses how nurses can recognize when the care they are providing is skilled and how COVID-19 impacts skilled care and documentation. We also dive into lessons learned from northeast facilities as COVID cases rise in the other parts of the […]

New Podcast: Skilled Nursing and Documentation Challenges During COVID-19

Today, long-term care expert Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, RAC-MT, CQP, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC., discusses how nurses can recognize when the care they are providing is skilled and how COVID-19 impacts skilled care and documentation. We also dive into lessons learned from northeast facilities as COVID cases rise in the other parts of the […]

The Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) will be extended by CMS for one calendar year

The Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) will be extended by one calendar year, through Dec. 31, 2021. The extension will enable more Medicare beneficiaries to access supportive care. This extension applies to hospices that have been participating in the model. New hospices will not be enrolled. For those hospices that are participating, they will be […]

Infection preventionist needed for COVID-19 prevention in SNFs

At least one infection preventionist (IP) should be on-site full time at SNFs with more than 100 residents, or SNFs that provide on-site ventilator or hemodialysis services, according to new CDC guidance. This individual is responsible for developing IPC policies and procedures, performing infection surveillance, providing competency-based training of HCP, and auditing adherence to recommended […]

Older adults face heightened risk of diabetes-related amputation

The rate of diabetes-related amputations in older adults increased significantly between 2009 and 2017, according to Jessica Harding, PhD, an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Specifically, nontraumatic lower extremity amputations (NLEA) have been on the rise, growing more than 1% per year from 2009 to 2017, according to Dr. Harding. It’s not […]

Rapid COVID-19 antibody detection kit available for use in the U.S.

A rapid COVID-19 antibody detection kit that can show if a person has been previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is now available for use in the U.S. Menarini Silicon Biosystems has signed a non-exclusive distribution agreement to sell the detection kit. The COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test Cassette®, manufactured by Healgen […]

Breaking news: CMS releases 2021 proposed payment rule: Telehealth is here to stay

CMS’ 2021 proposed PPS payment rule aims to make recently relaxed telecommunications requirements permanent beyond the public health emergency (PHE). That means regardless of the PHE, beginning Jan. 1, 2021, home health agencies can continue to use telecommunications as long as it “is related to the skilled services being furnished, is outlined in the plan […]

New restrictions on work visas seen further limiting employer options

New restrictions on work visas going into effect on June 24 are aimed at easing the nation’s unemployment problem sparked by COVID-19, according to a proclamation from President Donald Trump, but critics of his actions on immigration fear it won’t help and will send the wrong signal. Trump issued a proclamation on June 22 limiting […]

Predictions on the Long-Term Outlook for Remote Work

By Lin Grensing-Pophal, Contributing Editor for HR Daily Advisor. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned everyday life upside down in so many ways. From school and childcare to socializing and work life, dramatic change has been forced on many individuals and businesses over the last several months.One of the biggest examples of this is the shift […]

Choosing unemployment over paychecks leads to SNF staffing issues

SNFs across the U.S. are struggling with staffing issues amid the pandemic. Because of both safety concerns and limited access to childcare, some staff members are choosing unemployment over paychecks. The federal government added an additional $600 a week to individual unemployment checks as part of the CARES Act, meaning that some employees actually make […]