Tag: care

Reminder: No RAPs for periods starting in 2022

The home health Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) are reminding providers that RAPs, formerly a request for anticipated payment, should not be submitted for periods of care that begin on or after Jan. 1, 2022. New admissions or patients continuing care in 2022 require a one-time Notice of Admission (NOA). From the MACs: “Until the January […]

Keeping personal commitment in mind for the holidays

Written by Kelly Papa, MSN, RN, in her book Effective Nurse Leadership: Transforming Long-Term Care It is a challenge to commit to practicing in new ways, especially when your day is busy or when you have competing priorities. I used to feel like I was in a race that never ended, a race with a […]

COVID-19 PHE extended into 2022

The Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra signed an order Oct. 15, 2021, extending the national public health emergency (PHE) related to the COVID-19 pandemic for another 90 days. The order is effective October 18 and lasts through January 16, 2022, unless it is rescinded earlier. The first COVID-19 PHE was declared in […]

Grant to fund deprescribing study

The Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI) recently announced the recipient of its 2021 research grant. Jinjiao Wang, PhD, RN and her team at the University of Rochester School of Nursing are working to develop a deprescribing intervention for older home health patients with multimorbidity and polypharmacy which aligns with existing home health […]

New Jersey vaccine requirements includes home health agencies

New Jersey will require health care workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to regular testing, including employees of licensed home health agencies operating within the state. Gov. Phil Murphy announced the new requirements on Aug. 6, 2021, noting workers should be fully vaccinated by Sept. 7. At that point, if a worker hasn’t […]

Proposed rule seeks to support Medicaid home care employee benefits

A CMS proposal would make it easier for Medicaid home care workers and person care assistants to obtain health insurance, training and other benefits customary for full-time employees, according to a release July 29, 2021. The proposed rule would allow states to make payments to third parties on behalf of certain individual health care practitioners. […]

CMS releases July 2021 OASIS quarterly Q&As

CMS answers questions about the 5-day assessment time frame and assessing ambulation at the start of care in the recently released OASIS Q&As. This update includes 13 questions offering guidance on things such as: When to assess self-care and mobility for GG items. What constitutes a valid referral for M0104. How to code GG0100C – […]

Home health workers get $358,675 in back wages after being misclassified as independent contractors

A home health care provider in Tennessee recently paid $358,675 in back wages to resolve overtime violations, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor on April 20. Fifty workers at Servant’s Quest in Oliver Springs, Tenn., had reportedly been misclassified as independent contractors by the company, according to DOL. The employer […]

New survey results look at pandemic impact on health care workers

On Tuesday, April 6, the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Washington Post released more survey results from conversations with 1,327 frontline health care workers, including more than 290 working in the home. Participants were surveyed Feb. 11- March 7, 2021. And while most health care workers said their employer was “doing about the right amount” […]

Q&A: Providing alternatives to telemedicine

Q: Telemedicine may not be the best fit for all patients. How can case managers help facilitate in-person visits for those patients that cannot engage in telemedicine visits? A: If both in-person and telemedicine visits are available, it may be helpful to communicate with the providers to help educate patients on which might be more […]