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Podcast: Home Health Infection Control Compliance

Join expert Patty Klinefelter of LW Consulting to learn more about what home health agencies need to be on top of to successfully pass their infection surveys. Post-Acute Advisor · Home Health Infection Control Compliance

SNFs predicted to lose $94 billion over two-year period

SNFs are expected to lose $94 billion between 2020 and 2021, according to a new analysis by American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA). In 2020, SNFs spent an estimated $30 billion on PPE and additional staffing, and these costs are expected to continue throughout 2021, according to AHCA. Additionally, nursing […]

CMS offers billing instructions for COVID-19 vaccine administration

CMS has released information on Medicare billing for COVID-19 vaccine shot administration. Here are some things to keep in mind from CMS: You’ll be able to bill on single claims for COVID-19 shot administration or submit claims on a roster bill for multiple patients at one time. When COVID-19 vaccine doses are provided by the […]

OSHA Guidance Leaves Door Open for Mandatory COVID Standard

New guidance for employers related to COVID-19 doesn’t create new mandatory standards, but the tone of the guidance is a signal from the Biden administration of more support for enforcement, according to attorneys focusing on workplace safety issues.The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on January 29 that its Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) […]

CMS moving ahead with Hospice Care Index measures

CMS is moving ahead with the development of a new quality measure for hospice providers. First announced in August 2020, the Hospice Care Index (HCI) is moving toward National Quality Forum endorsement, CMS officials announced during an open-door forum Jan. 26. The new hospice index will measure 10 indicators that include “hospice provided no continuous […]

CMS to remove MCD advanced search function

The advanced search function of the Medicare coverage database (MCD) application will be removed April 30th, as announced in a release from CMS. All of the features related to the advanced search were incorporated into the new search function, released in September 2020. CMS recommends switching to the new advanced search now and reminds that […]

COVID-19 cases on the decline in nursing homes

After several months of battling the coronavirus in nursing homes, January 17 marked the fourth consecutive week of a decline in cases, new data from CMS shows. The week ending January 17 showed 17,584 confirmed COVID-19 cases in nursing homes throughout the country, down from 32,000 cases in the week ending December 20. This data […]

When to Report COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Fatalities

As a follow-up to its May 2020 enforcement guidelines on recording workplace COVID-19 cases, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued additional guidance to employers for reporting coronavirus-related hospitalizations and fatalities. Hospitalizations OSHA reiterated that employers must report inpatient hospitalizations to the agency if they occur within 24 hours of a work-related incident. In […]

Agency agrees to $160,000 settlement in ADA lawsuit

An Atlanta-based home health agency will pay $160,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to an announcement last week from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The lawsuit brought by the EEOC charged that Gentiva Health Services, doing business as Kindred at Home, learned that one of its employees suffered from Morton’s neuroma and […]