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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 […]

Make sanction policy, hit other marks to avoid big fines for small HIPAA breaches

A recent HIPAA breach that involved transmission of protected health information (PHI) to only one party — a reporter — nonetheless cost a Connecticut practice $125,000, in part because the practice didn’t take simple precautions. In February 2015, a patient of Allergy Associates of Hartford, P.C., a four-doctor, three-office practice, had talked to a local […]

Turnover rate for private duty caregivers rises significantly from prior years

The national turnover rate for private duty caregivers in 2018 ballooned to 81.6% — by far the highest turnover rate in the 10 years Home Care Pulse of Rexburg, Idaho, has tracked this data. That’s according to the recently released 2019 Home Care Benchmarking Study, which includes responses from 688 providers representing more than 1,100 […]

Study highlights possible negative affect of immigrant policy on elder care

A recent study in Health Affairs found that policies that curtail immigration are likely to compromise the availability of care. Moreover, the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies that restrict immigration threaten the health and well-being of immigrants who are entrusted with the care of the nation’s elderly and disabled people. According to the study: Nearly one […]

CMS releases statement on quality of care in nursing homes

  On June 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a statement regarding its attention to the quality of care in U.S. nursing homes. Referencing CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s April 2019 announcement of a five-step plan to increase quality, this statement by Dr. Kate Goodrich, director of the Center for Clinical Standards […]

Profile of Older Americans released

Profile of Older Americans, published by the Administration for Community Living, is available with data from 2018. The profile includes key topic areas such as income, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving, and new this year: emergency and disaster preparedness. Some interesting take-aways from this publication: Over the past 10 years, the population age 65 […]

Readmissions quality measure now ready for prime time — data coming this fall

Beginning in October 2019, CMS will publicly display results involving a quality measure called “Potentially preventable 30-day post-discharge readmissions.” CMS previously planned to post data involving the measure in January 2019, but the measure wasn’t quite ready for prime time. During CMS’ home health, hospice and durable medical equipment open door forum Feb. 13, a […]