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Four basic leadership styles every long-term care manager should follow

This is an excerpt from The Long-Term Care Director of Nursing Field Guide, Third Edition, written by Barbara Acello, MS, RN. For a long time, people thought there were only two leadership styles—autocratic and democratic. In fact, people used to shout at each other from these two extremes, insisting that one style was better than […]

Qualifiers for ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes on Electronic Claims

As you submit electronic claims for services, it is important for you to remember that: Claims with ICD-10 diagnosis codes must use ICD-10 qualifiers; all claims for services on or after October 1, 2015, must use ICD-10 Claims with ICD-9 diagnosis codes must use ICD-9 qualifiers; only claims for services before October 1, 2015, can […]

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 […]

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% […]

COVID-19 public health emergency extended into spring 2022

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has renewed the public health emergency for another 90 days, effective Jan. 16, 2022. The move extends current PHE waivers. It no longer impacts the implementation of OASIS-E. After a delay, CMS now expects providers to begin using the new assessment tool in January 2023. See the renewal […]

Salary Report: Home health RNs receive 2.98% rate increase

The average hourly rate for Registered Nurses (RNs) in home health agencies increased 2.98% in 2021, according to the 2021‐2022 Home Care Salary & Benefits Report, released recently by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS) and published in cooperation with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). In a comparison of national average […]

CMS issues vaccine mandate for surveyors

A new requirement for surveyors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 comes with an important requirement for providers: You can’t ask surveyors to show proof of their vaccination status. CMS is requiring that any surveyor who is not fully vaccinated should not participate in onsite surveys of certified providers and suppliers, including accreditation surveys performed under […]

Four Priorities for Recruiters in 2022

As we turn the corner into 2022, many HR departments are feeling the effects of the job market. Recruiting is taking more energy, the interview process is dragging out, and job candidates are requesting more and more benefits before finally saying yes. If your company is understaffed, it puts stress on your employees, adding to […]