Tag: care

New COVID-19 Community Levels don’t apply to health care settings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) introduced its new COVID-19 Community Level standards on February 25, 2022, as a new metric for state and local health care officials to determine the need for increased public infection prevention steps. But its important for health care providers to recognize these new standards do not apply […]

Final deadline arrives for vaccine mandate in 25 states

For health care providers in 25 states, the deadline arrived Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, for phase 2 compliance with the CMS Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Interim Final Rule. States covered include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, […]

Hospices face new requirement for transfers

CMS is introducing new billing instructions when a hospice is involved in a patient transfer. Currently, transfers are being allowed to process through the Common Working File (CWF) with a “from date” from the receiving hospice that doesn’t match the “to date” from the transferring hospice. “We consider any gap, even of one day, to […]

Add sleep problems to the list of COVID-19 challenges for nurses

Working the front lines of the early COVID-19 pandemic led to sleepless nights, anxiety, and depression for more than half of nurses surveyed for a new study. “Nurses are already at risk for higher rates of depression and insufficient sleep compared to other professions, thanks to the stress of patient care and the nature of […]

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. […]