Tag: health

What Is the FAMILY Act?

The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act was reintroduced in Congress in 2021 and is known as S. 463 and H.R. 1185. The Act has been introduced repeatedly during legislative sessions for the past 7 years but has yet to progress. The FAMILY Act strives to create paid time off at a portion of […]

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, […]

Legislation would delay 2% Medicare sequestration payment reductions

The Medicare Sequester COVID Moratorium Act, H.R. 8840 legislation, was introduced by Reps. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and David McKinley , R-W.Va., “to extend the suspension of the two percent Medicare sequestration payment reductions through the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE),” according to a December 3, 2020, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) press release. […]

How to Navigate COVID-19 Protocols to Ensure Health and Safety in the Workplace

As some employees return from working remotely and others continue to work from their facility, there are many regulations and policies that managers and supervisors need to instate to ensure employee health and safety. New federal, state, and local health and safety requirements continue to evolve as companies remain laser-focused on providing a safe working environment for all. […]

SNF COVID-19 fatalities prompt new California state law

After an abundance of COVID-19 related deaths at California SNFs, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law on September 29 changing the reporting requirements for disease-related deaths. The new law requires facilities to report disease-related fatalities to CA health officials within 24 hours during declared health emergencies, according to the Los Angeles Times. To date, COVID-19 […]

Health care malware warning issued

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services alerted health care providers about the Taidoor Malmare that is being used by the Chinese government, according to a Malware Analysis Report (MAR). “The FBI has high confidence that Chinese government actors are using malware variants in conjunction with proxy servers […]

CMS issues guidance on value-based care strategies

CMS has issued guidance to state Medicaid directors designed to advance the adoption of value-based care strategies across their health care systems and align provider incentives across payers, according to a press release sent Sept 15. Under value-based care, providers are reimbursed based on their ability to improve quality of care in a cost-effective manner […]