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OIG releases nursing home complaint trends

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an interactive map detailing nursing home complaint trends between 2016 and 2018. The map breaks down the amount of complaints per 1000 residents in each state. Of the 50 states, and Washington D.C, nine states had more than 60 serious complains per thousand residents. The report found […]

CMS releases 2020 Medicare premiums and deductibles fact sheet

CMS has released a fact sheet for 2020 Medicare Part A premiums and deductibles. The 2020 coinsurance amounts are as follows: Part A Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts for Calendar Years 2019 and 2020 by Type of Cost Sharing 2019 2020 Inpatient hospital deductible $1,364 $1,408 Daily coinsurance for 61st-90th Day $341 $352 Daily coinsurance for lifetime […]

The way you need to market your home care agency is changing

A lot of college professors say that one of the toughest subjects to teach is marketing. Why? It changes too rapidly. By the time a textbook is published, the tactics it teaches are often out of date. My degree is in marketing, but I learned quickly that to be a good marketer, you need a […]

Double down on flu prevention to protect client outcomes, employee productivity

Make efforts to ensure all staff receive the flu vaccine and re-educate them on best practices around influenza-specific infection prevention steps. Do this to better ensure employee productivity and positive client outcomes this flu season. Flu season began in October and there have already been reports of flu-related deaths, including a 90-year-old in New Mexico, […]

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5 Ways Interoperability Can Benefit Home-Based Care

Sponsored by - MatrixCare

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Post-Acute Wound Management and Patient-Derived Reimbursement Models

Sponsored by - Synergy Wound Technology

By: Roger B. Schechter, MD, Fellow of American College of Wound Specialists; Chief Medical Officer, Synergy Wound Technology Wound care has always been a considerable challenge in the post-acute setting. Patients with skin breakdown usually have a plethora of chronic comorbid conditions. Chronic wounds themselves, including pressure injuries, diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, severe […]

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 […]