Category: News

6 tips to address climbing caregiver turnover rates in private duty home care

The national turnover rate for private duty caregivers has soared at an alarming rate, and agency leaders are looking for new ways to keep quality caregivers in place. Turnover in 2018 climbed to 81.6%, according to the 2019 Home Care Benchmarking Study conducted by Rexburg, Idaho-based Home Care Pulse, which includes responses from 688 providers […]

Look inward and follow these key steps when your home care referrals drop

If you can’t keep referral sources engaged and content, you are one good competitor away from losing your position in the market. Taking the time to set solid expectations and guidelines for your entire agency — and focusing on providing an out-of-this-world customer experience — will have far reaching returns. If you see referrals falling, […]

LeadingAge weighs in on proposed payment rule

The comment period for the Medicare proposed rule for SNFs just ended. Here’s what LeadingAge had to say in comments submitted: Wage Index Adjustment As CMS continues to utilize the hospital wage index in developing the SNF wage index, and changes have been proposed in the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule to […]

Study finds nursing home prices increase nationwide, exceeding inflation

A six-year study by Georgetown University Medical Center found nursing home prices generally outpaced inflation, including increases in overall medical care (20.2%) and consumer prices (11.7%). Nursing homes in New York during the period reviewed had the highest average daily price, at $302, while Texas had the lowest average daily price, at $121. In 2010 the […]

Hospice Provider Preview Reports: Review Your Data by July 1

Two reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) non-validation reports folder: Hospice provider preview report: Review Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018 Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) provider preview report: Review facility-level CAHPS […]

Agencies have another chance to recommend CMS make changes to reduce burden

Agencies seeking for burden reductions in the home health or hospice industries should submit comments on CMS’ new request for information (RFI) as part of the patients over paperwork initiative. CMS posted the RFI on June 11, and agencies have 60 days from then to comment. “CMS is committed to transforming the health care delivery […]

Study finds method to predict SNF admission from hosital admission profile

A June 2019 study in JAMA found that it’s possible to predict at the day of admission a patient’s risk of SNF discharge. Researcher’s noted strong indiciators for SNF admission included impaired mobility and impaired ability to bathe, as well as living alone. The study used a  retrospective cohort of 11,380 hospitalized patients. View the […]

CMS to hold webinar on APU/market basket increases

CMS announced it will hold a webinar 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST June 19 for home health agencies on “Achieving a Full Annual Payment Update (APU)/Market Basket Increase.” During the webinar, CMS plans to discuss: The relationship between the APU and quality reporting Data submission requirements. The reconsideration process for providers identified as noncompliant. […]

OIG report looks at abuse and neglect of Medicare beneficiaries

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued two new reports that address the identification, reporting and investigation of incidents of potential abuse and neglect of our nation’s most vulnerable populations, including seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities. OIG issued an early alert in 2017 based on the preliminary findings of […]

Palmetto GBA posts info for next two RCD teleconferences

Agencies in Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Florida or Texas can get updates from Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Palmetto GBA about the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) by listening to Palmetto’s teleconferences in July and August. The July event will be held 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST July 3. Call (877) 789-3907 and use conference ID […]