Tag: care

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 […]

COVID-19 focused infection control survey tool for acute and continuing care

CMS is revising the COVID-19 focused infection control (FIC) survey tool for acute and continuing care to help ensure an effective assessment of a provider’s or supplier’s implementation of the appropriate infection prevention standards, according to a memo released December 30. In agreement with QSO-20-35-All (dated August 17, 2020) related to the revised survey prioritization, […]

COVID-19 vaccine status affects willingness to receive care, survey finds

On December 3, 2020, U.S. Transcend Strategy Group fielded a survey asking if the COVID-19 vaccine would impact people’s willingness to receive care. Of the 599 respondents, 65% said a health care provider’s vaccine status will influence whether they seek care. More than a third, 35%, said a vaccinated caregiver will significantly impact their decision […]

CMS releases rule to improve exchange of data, reduce burden

CMS has issued a proposed rule that would improve electronic exchange of health care data among payers, providers, and patients and streamline processes related to prior authorization to reduce burden on providers and patients, according to a press release. Released Thursday, Dec. 10, the rule would give providers more time to focus on their patients […]

Health officials making final decisions on initial vaccine distribution

As states are fleshing out their COVID-19 vaccination plans, a committee advising the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on vaccines will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is tasked with advising the CDC on coronavirus vaccine distribution, reports CNN, including who should get the vaccine and […]