Category: News

Northwell Health launches telehealth platform for SNFs

Northwell Health, New York’s largest health system, announced plans to launch a new telehealth platform, providing on-demand virtual care at two local SNFs. The two facilities, Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Bronx, and Glen Cove Nursing and Rehabilitation on Long Island will have access to the 23-hospital health system, allowing staff to […]

Nursing home resident with dementia found deceased in walk-in freezer

An 86-year-old nursing home resident was reported missing hours before being located deceased in the facility’s walk-in freezer. Sofiya Perel, who had dementia, had been reported missing to police around 1:40 a.m. after leaving a secure unit in an Ohio nursing home, Maria-Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Staff searched for several hours before finding her […]

New toolkit available for Sepsis Awareness Month

The Sepsis Alliance initially designated September as Sepsis Awareness month in 2011. A Sepsis Awareness Month toolkit is available through Sepsis Alliance’s webpage. The Sepsis Alliance released a toolkit that provides agencies with handouts to spread the word about sepsis, fundraiser information, event hosting, Sepsis awareness SWAG, public service announcements, do-it-yourself sepsis community presentations and Sepsis […]

CMS releases CHART Model funding, rural communities encouraged to apply

CMS released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Community Transformation Track on September 15. The Community Transformation Track will award up-front seed money for healthcare providers in up to 15 rural communities across the nation. For more information about the NOFO or the CHART Model, […]

Unionized nursing homes have better outcomes under COVID-19

Unionized nursing homes in New York state saw lower COVID-19 mortality rates, as well as better access to PPE during the pandemic, according to a September 10 study in the journal Health Affairs. “Unions generally demand high staff-to-patient ratios, paid sick leave, and higher wage and benefit levels that reduce staff turnover,” stated researchers in […]

New COVID-19 codes proposed for January 2021 implementation

Three new COVID-19 codes were proposed for a January 2021 implementation during a Sept. 9 virtual ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting. These codes are proposed to improve specificity when capturing COVID-19 screening, exposure, and personal history. The new proposed codes are: For screening — Z11.52 (Encounter for screening for COVID-19) For exposure — Z20.822 […]

SNF Audits After the Pandemic

Expert Maureen McCarthy, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, and CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP, a care coordination service provider, joins us to talk about what SNF audits may look like after the pandemic. Listen on soundcloud Listen on Apple Podcasts  

SNF Audits After the Pandemic

Expert Maureen McCarthy, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, and CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP, a care coordination service provider, joins us to talk about what SNF audits may look like after the pandemic. Listen on soundcloud Listen on Apple Podcasts

Twice-weekly staff testing to be required for select SNFs

COVID-19 staff testing will be required twice-weekly at SNFs in 801 counties across the country under new federal regulations. CMS released a list of infection rates by county last week that will be used to determine the required frequency of staff testing. All facilities located in “red” counties will require tests twice-weekly, while facilities in […]

Early PDGM data reveal surprising findings about agency behavior

Data from a recent study of Medicare home health cost reports supports the case that the home health industry didn’t respond with the behavioral adjustments that CMS predicted prior to PDGM. And agencies have experienced increased challenges due to the public health emergency (PHE) that CMS should consider when finalizing the 2021 payment rule. The […]