Category: News

Innovation center models used by CMS for COVID-19

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans on June 2 to change some of the innovation center models to account for the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). As part of this announcement, CMS issued a table which has specific model adjustments related to financial methodologies, quality reporting and model timelines that are […]

Federal nursing home commission names new members

New members for the White House’s new Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes were announced June 19th.  Of the more than 800 applicants, 25 stakeholders with a variety of backgrounds were selected. The commission’s goal is to review nursing home responses to COVID-19 and create new regulations and procedures going forward. The […]

LeadingAge calls on Congress for COVID-19 relief funds

LeadingAge is calling on Americans to join their campaign, Act For Older Adults, asking Congress to dedicate a relief fund for aging services. The letter to Congress calls for, “$100 billion specifically for aging services providers; $1.2 billion for affordable senior housing; a $10 billion testing fund; support to deliver home health telehealth; access to […]

Keeping SNF residents engaged during COVID-19

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. Stefanie has served in various senior leadership roles in healthcare organizations. […]

Bill introduced to allow verbal physician orders in home health during pandemic

The Improving Care in Home Health Agencies Act has been presented to the U.S. House of Representatives on May 22, allowing for verbal physician orders. This would replace signed and dated orders and certification from Medicare home health services in an emergency timeframe. The legislation, if passed, would apply to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation’s […]

Supreme Court bans discrimination against LGBT individuals

An employer that fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an opinion issued today. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the 6-3 opinion and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena […]

Pasadena SNF residents evacuated after COVID outbreak

Golden Cross, A Pasadena SNF, evacuated 63 residents late June 11 after it was stripped of its license amid a COVID-19 outbreak that claimed the lives of eight residents. As of June 11, there were 104 confirmed cases in the facility, including 72 residents, and 32 staff members.   The residents have been transferred to […]

Updated Hospice Provider Preview Reports now available

Updated Hospice Item Set (HIS) provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Survey provider preview reports are now available, as posted on the CMS website. Hospice providers are encouraged to review their HIS quality measure results from Quarter 4, 2018 to Quarter 3, 2019, and their facility-level CAHPS® survey […]

Medicaid providers to receive $15B in COVID-19 relief funds

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released COVID-19 relief funds totaling $15 billion to facilities that rely solely on Medicaid reimbursement and did not receive payments from the initial $50 billion from the Provider Relief Fund. Beginning June 10, an HHS portal will be open for Medicaid providers to submit an application. […]