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Intake and output monitoring

You should monitor residents who have fluid imbalances or are at high risk of dehydration by calculating intake and output (I&O) each shift.

Fire safety guidance for senior living

This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s new title, Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living, a cost-effective, all-inclusive guide to improve safety and satisfaction in your senior living facility. Fire drills should be done based on your state regulations and/or your facility’s policy and procedures. Staff must be […]

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 […]

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 […]

CMS releases tables detailing the 2019 quality measures for home health

Source: Home Health Line CMS has published updated details on potentially avoidable events, process and outcome measures for 2019. The updated tables also include details on star-ratings measures and quality measures new to Home Health Compare in 2019. Claims-based outcome measures “Medicare spending per beneficiary” and “Discharge to community” are joining the ranks of publicly […]

Essential tools for the MDS coordinator

Whether you are just beginning your career or are a veteran MDS coordinator, you play a pivotal role in managing the long-term care residents’ care.

Ask the expert: Tube feeding coverage

Q: We have a lot of questions in our facility about tube feeders and Medicare Part A eligibility. Here is one example: A person getting tube fed uses 100 days of their benefit, goes off Medicare Part A, has a 60 day break in illness, and was then readmitted to hospital with a hip fracture. He […]

Ask the expert: Medicare Part A coverage for a PEG tube

Q: I have a patient that has 100 days of Medicare Part A and a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube—the primary source of nutrition—in place since 2008 due to laryngeal cancer. All rehab therapy is discontinuing in three days. Can I continue Medicare Part A, related to the PEG tube? A: As long as 26% […]

What you need to know about the updated MDS items sets for 2019

Source: The Bottom Line CMS posted a new DRAFT version of the 2019 MDS item sets (v1.17.0) last week. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2019, giving facilities until then to update their software with the new MDS questions and answers. Downloadable files can be accessed here: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/NHQIMDS30TechnicalInformation.html HCPro’s post-acute regulatory specialist […]