Category: News

CMS releases updated FAQs on the Review Choice Demonstration

CMS has released an updated operational guide and frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the home health Review Choice Demonstration. The FAQs were updated Jan. 6 and include new questions related to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) which took effect Jan. 1. In one of these FAQs, CMS explains that agencies should not use the same Unique […]

Hospice quality reporting requirements updated for FY2021

CMS has released requirements documents for fiscal year 2021. The requirements have been updated to reflect changes in the FY2020 final rule. Updates have been made to the following: Getting Started with the Hospice Quality Reporting Program Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Requirements for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and Future FY Reporting Years Hospice Quality Reporting […]

Is your SNF prepared for an emergency?

With the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and wildfires in California, it’s as important as ever for SNFs to brush up on their emergency preparedness plan. CMS’ emergency preparedness (EP) final rule, was enacted November 16, 2016. Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual provides interpretive guidance to the final rule that provides insight on […]

SNF employment rates drop for third consecutive month

The decline of SNF staffing has accelerated for the third consecutive month, according to new data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The 6,700 jobs lost in December are nearly quadruple the 1,700 positions lost in November and the 1,300 in October, as previously reported by the BLS. While it’s still unconfirmed […]

Reminder: Changes to emergency preparedness requirements are in effect

Changes to emergency preparedness requirements are now in effect, and several of those changes apply to both home health and hospice. A final rule designed to reduce burden took effect Nov. 29, 2019, and includes the following changes to emergency preparedness requirements: Removed a requirement to document efforts to contact local, tribal, regional, state and […]

CMS Releases Provider Compliance Tips Fact Sheet for Home Health

CMS released a fact sheet entitled Provider Compliance Tips for Home Health Services (Part A Non-DRG). This is meant for physicians who refer beneficiaries to home health, order home health services, and/or certify beneficiaries’ eligibility for the Medicare home health benefit; home health agencies; and non-physician practitioners (NPPs), according to the fact sheet. Physician certification/recertification […]

Best practices for investigating whether your employee was hurt at work

When it comes to workplace injuries, many states provide specific guidance for reporting injuries by both employees and employers. As an employer, you must remember that to properly manage a workers’ compensation claim, you should report the injury as soon as your employee notifies you that it occurred and immediately start your investigation, especially if […]

Common Facebook pitfalls to avoid, plus 5 tips to help you succeed on the platform

Don’t fall victim to classic Facebook pitfalls when putting the social media platform to use for your business. Common missteps include posting material that does not link back to the agency website and not using Facebook to drive people to get to know the business better, says Amy Selle, co-managing director of Corecubed, Aging Care […]

CMS and HHS announce new CMMI director

The appointment of Brad Smith as the new director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) was announced Monday by CMS and HHS. Smith, who previously served as COO for Aspire Health, will replace previous director Adam Boehler, who was appointed last summer to serve as CEO of the United States International Development […]