Tag: care

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 […]

NHPCO unveils new quality program for hospice, palliative care providers

In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) announced a new quality program, NHPCO Quality Connections, in a news release on November 5, 2020. As part of Quality Connections, participating providers will complete milestones through education, application, measurement and innovation. NHPCO will provide national recognition to […]

Accreditation Commission rolls out telehealth certification

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) and Health Recovery Solutions (HRS) has introduced a Distinction in Telehealth program for health care organizations, including home health providers. Telehealth has grown in popularity during the public health emergency (PHE) and will likely find continued interest after the pandemic is over. “Our home care partners have developed […]

CMS clarifies RAP submission billing rules

CMS revised change request (CR) 11855 clarifying rules around the 5-day RAP submission requirement need to prevent payment delays starting in January. The article details how to document situations in which a date could not be entered on line 0023 because the first visit did not occur within the first five days of the period. […]