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Apply to speak at our 2022 Private Duty National Conference & Expo

We are looking for home care agency leaders, consultants and attorneys to present fresh ideas that can spur growth, reduce costs and overcome the biggest regulatory challenges. The 2022 Private Duty National Conference & Expo will be held on Oct. 17-19, 2022, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Some of the hot topics are: recruitment […]

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 […]

CMS releases Five Star Quality Rating updates and FAQ for SNFs

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, CMS has updated the Nursing Home Compare site with updates for SNFs. The updates, announced in an April 24 memo, include: Nursing Home Compare website & Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System: The inspection domain will be held constant temporarily due to the prioritization and suspension of […]

Coronavirus fears at work: What employers need to know to stay protected

News reports of deaths and illnesses from the rapidly spreading coronavirus get scarier every day. Millions of people are being quarantined. Foreign companies and governments are evacuating their people from hard-hit areas of China where the virus got its start. And even employees who don’t travel for work are getting anxious about traveling coworkers who […]

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.

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 […]

What SNFs need to be doing right now to deal with COVID-19

Long-term care regulatory expert Stefanie Corbett chats with us on our first Post-Acute Advisor Podcast. Corbett tells us what facilities should be doing right now to prepare for COVID-19, and what to do with suspected or confirmed cases. We also discuss keeping staff safe and healthy, visitation policies, and how to keep trucking on.  

CMS issues reminder on skilled nursing and therapy services in home health

CMS is reminding providers that Medicare covers skilled nursing care and skilled therapy services under the home health benefit when a beneficiary needs skilled care to maintain function or to prevent or slow decline. The reminder was included in the weekly MLN Connects newsletter on Dec. 2, 2021. To qualify for skilled care, the beneficiary […]

Surveyors instructed to hold off on vaccine enforcement

With court orders barring enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, CMS has told state survey agencies that they must not survey providers for compliance with the requirements of the interim final rule. Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination was published Nov. 5, 2021, with expectations that the first phase of the […]

COVID Vaccines: When is Employee’s Vaccination Status HIPAA-protected?

Whether an employee’s COVID-19 vaccination status is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has been (or should be) on the minds of all HR personnel as of late. That’s especially true as we await the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) impending rule that will likely require employers with 100 or more employees […]