Category: News

PDPM Q&A: Payment overview and billing

CMS has released its FAQ sheet on PDPM: Q. What is PDPM? A. The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is a new case-mix classification system for classifying skilled nursing facility (SNF) patients in a Medicare Part A covered stay into payment groups under the SNF Prospective Payment System. Effective beginning October 1, 2019, PDPM will […]

Toolkit helps assist with intergenerational programming

To promote the development and implementation of intergenerational programs, LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston in collaboration with Generations United, today releases the “Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit.” This new 82-page toolkit provides step-by-step guidance for creating intergenerational programs that can be tailored to the needs of youth and older adult participants. […]

Reports: Comcast is creating an in-home device to monitor health

According to CNBC, telecommunications company Comcast is working to create in-home devices that will monitor health. Comcast plans to pilot test the devices in 2019. “The device will monitor people’s basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with a focus on whether someone is making frequent trips to the bathroom or spending more time than usual in […]

Use education about CCM codes to get in the door with referral sources

Educate doctors about revenue opportunities involving CCM to get your foot in the door with potential referral sources. But note that one CCM vendor recently got in trouble for providing services improperly. William Henry, the former owner and CEO of a Hartselle, Ala. company that provided chronic care management (CCM) services has been sentenced to […]

CMS hosts webinar on HCBS Settings Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar in June 2019 on the HCBS Settings Rule. The webinar is titled “System Change vs. Compliance Mindset Approach in Implementing the Settings Rule.” It will take place on June 12, 2019, from 1:30-3:00 ET. Here is a description of the webinar from CMS: […]

12 signs a family needs “you first” attention from the business office

It is important to start the relationship off right with new residents and their families. That is why the admission process is so crucial in every long-term care facility. One of the most important staff members in the facility is the person who informs the family that they owe money, making the business office the […]

DOL’s Proposed Joint Employment Rule Seen As Boost for Franchise Relationship

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed rule on joint employment should provide clarity and reassurance to businesses, especially those in franchise arrangements, according to attorneys familiar with the risks and benefits of joint employment. The DOL announced on April 1 that it was proposing a rule to revise and clarify joint employment as it […]

Incorporate HHS’ new cybersecurity guidance into your private duty agency

The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) voluntary cybersecurity practices for providers underscores the government’s priority of protecting electronic patient information and the need for providers to integrate the new guidance into their compliance programs. The guidelines were written specifically for the health care industry. Health care entities remain a primary target for cyberattacks, […]

Agenda now available for the 22nd Annual Private Duty National Conference & Expo

The agenda for the 22nd Annual Private Duty National Conference & Expo has been finalized and it’s better than ever, featuring a powerful lineup of star presenters who will help you take your agency to the next level. Join hundreds of private duty executives at the conference November 11-13, 2019, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. […]