Category: News

CMS updates the Medicare physician self-referral law

CMS issued a final rule that aims to modernize and clarify Medicare physician self-referral law, also called “Stark Law” On November 20. Stark Law was first introduced in 1989, and has not been meaningfully updated since. The law aims to protect patients and nursing home residents from physicians pushing services that are in their own […]

Home Health Compare, other CMS compare tools to be retired Dec. 1

CMS announced that it will retire the original compare tools Dec. 1. Released in early September, Care Compare at Medicare.gov replaces the original compare tools, including Nursing Home Compare, Hospital Compare, and Physician Compare. Care Compare streamlines the eight original health care compare tools and can be used to find and compare health care providers, […]

Submit a proposal to speak at DecisionHealth’s home health events

DecisionHealth is doing something monumental in 2021 and combining all the annual home health events into one can’t-miss extravaganza that will deliver fresh valuable content for nearly every title and function in home health agencies. We are recruiting home health professionals to speak at our Home Health World conferences, taking place between Aug. 16-19, 2021, […]

Keeping SNF residents engaged during COVID-19

Note: The following podcast was first aired on June 18, 2020. Social distancing due to COVID-19 has been rough on many SNF residents, but there are several ways to keep residents engaged. Join us as we discuss ways to keep residents social and engaged while maintaining COVID-19 safety precautions. With us today is Stefanie Corbett. […]

Keeping SNF residents engaged during COVID-19

Note: The following podcast was first aired on June 18, 2020. Social distancing due to COVID-19 has been rough on many SNF residents, but there are several ways to keep residents engaged. Join us as we discuss ways to keep residents social and engaged while maintaining COVID-19 safety precautions. With us today is Stefanie Corbett. […]

8 steps to protect patient data sent to and from business associates

Agencies must comply with HIPAA when passing patient protected health information (PHI) back and forth. follow these eight tips to protect your patients and agency from breaches: Assess how you and your business associates transmit PHI to each other as part of your regular HIPAA risk analysis. If you uncover any vulnerabili­ties, resolve them. Ensure […]

Review documentation to ensure it’s written in understandable language

Ensure caregivers speak to clients in a way that clients can comprehend and that any documentation your agency provides is understandable as well. A huge percentage of U.S. adults have some form of literacy issue, notes Misty Kevech, project coordinator for the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign. And clients who are 65 years […]

HHS pitches 10-year expiration for several rules

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new rule November 4 that would require a review of rules every 10 years “to determine whether the regulation is still needed and whether it is having appropriate impacts,” according to a release. Under the proposed rule, any regulation issued by HHS, with certain exceptions, […]

CMS urges nursing home staff to complete COVID-19 training

CMS announced on November 17 that individuals from 7,313 nursing homes have completed the CMS COVID-19 training. This accounts for 12.5% of the approximately one million nursing home staff in the country. CMS is calling on all nursing homes to take action and require staff to complete this free training. “We’ve provided nursing homes with […]

FFCRA Exemptions for Healthcare Providers Clarified

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently clarified which healthcare providers are exempt from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) paid sick and family and medical leave policies. How We Got Here When the FFCRA was first enacted, the DOL indicated healthcare providers’ employees were exempt from the emergency paid sick leave and expanded […]