Category: News

CMS launches new training for the SNF QRP

CMS has launched a new training program for SNFs new to the Quality Reporting Program (QRP). The training includes a general overview of the program, along with links and resources for SNFs. Specific topics include: Lesson 1: What is the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program? Lesson 2: The Minimum Data Set (MDS). Lesson 3: […]

Employers brace for paid leave brought on by coronavirus

Just as employers were taking a look at a bill in Congress aimed at providing paid leave for employees affected by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the House-passed legislation took on changes in the Senate. As of early March 17, no Senate vote had been scheduled. Worries from business interests have resulted in a scaling back of […]

HCPro is opening a COVID-19 forum for you and your peers

In order to address provider’s concerns regarding COVID-19, we have created a coronavirus forum where providers can connect with one another. The forum can include topics such as supplies, visitation, concerns, regulations, mandates, infection control, payment, staffing, etc. You’re not alone in this, we have you covered. Visit the forum to post questions, concerns, and […]

Identity theft, hospice aggregate cap liability among updates to Medicare Program Integrity Manual

CMS has released updates to the Medicare Program Integrity Manual. The updates include changes to the chapter of the manual focused on coordination between Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and Unified Program Integrity Contractors (UPIC) when hospice aggregate cap liabilities are involved. CMS also updated the identify theft protections and victimized provider process section. The changes were […]

Coronavirus guidance provided by CMS to home health agencies and dialysis facilities

CMS is providing guidance to home health agencies and dialysis facilities concerning the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance gives information to healthcare workers specifically regarding screening, treatment and transfer procedures when working with patients. The guidance includes a frequently asked question section as well. The purpose of the guidance is to protect those who receive both […]

SNF staff workers should be screened at every shift

In its new guidance released March 13, CMS requires SNFs to take staff members’ temperatures and perform other screening tasks at the beginning of each shift: Screen all staff at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. Actively take their temperature and document absence of shortness of breath, new or change in […]

All visitors restricted from SNFs except for end-of-life situations

The new measures CMS announced today, which supersede prior CMS guidance, constitute the agency’s most aggressive and decisive recommendations with respect to nursing home safety in the face of the spread of COVID-19. They include: Restricting all visitors, effective immediately, with exceptions for compassionate care, such as end-of-life situations. In these cases, visitors will be […]

Trump declares COVID-19 a national emergency

President Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency on March 13, prompting healthcare providers to active their emergency plans. Trump also advised that healthcare professionals utilize telehealth when possible to limit in-person interactions. By declaring COVID-19 a national emergency, the Trump administration has removed constraints on SNFs by waiving: License requirements so that medical professionals can […]

How has COVID-19 affected your facility?

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the U.S., LTC providers face unique challenges to keep their high-risk residents safe. In an effort to fully understand the challenges SNFs are currently facing as a result of the virus, we’d like readers to complete a survey to tell us about their challenges. In order to aid home health and […]

5 Ways Interoperability Can Benefit Home-Based Care

By: Navin Gupta, VP, Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty, MatrixCare The digital age has created an overhaul of technology within the healthcare industry – transforming health records into collections of electronic data that should simplify administration processes for providers everywhere. But just because health records have gone digital, doesn’t mean it makes communication any […]