Tag: home health

Legal repercussions for posting about residents on social media are not limited to just a few

Recent media coverage tells a sad story about inappropriate usage of social media in long-term care settings¾one that details not only severe legal repercussions for facilities, but also major violations of resident privacy and cases of mental abuse. While privacy and abuse are not black and white matters, the issue of photographs, videos, and identifying […]

More agencies earn five stars for quality of care and HHCAHPS, new data show

The number of agencies that received five stars for quality of care has increased every quarter since the ratings were first released—and that trend continued when CMS released the latest ratings April 12. In the first-ever quality of care ratings, back in July 2015, there were 239 five-star agencies; now, in April 2017, there are […]

Deadline for compliance with HCBS setting rule extended to 2022

Facilities needing to meet compliance with the Medicaid home and community-based settings (HCBS) rule now have until March 17, 2022, a deadline extended by three years from March 17, 2019. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an Informational Bulletin on May 9, 2017, announcing the extension and further stating that while states […]

Register here for CMS emergency preparedness training call, Thursday April 27

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) training call for emergency preparedness requirements is scheduled for this Thursday April 27, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM ET. Is your facility prepared to meet the new emergency preparedness requirements by the November 15, 2017, compliance date? During this call, learn about implementation of the final rule, […]

Trump administration grows: Verma confirmed to head CMS

Seema Verma has been confirmed by the Senate to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), with a 55-43 vote. Verma is known for her work as former owner of a healthcare consulting firm in Indiana, SVC, Inc., specializing in Medicaid reform at the state level. She worked with Vice President Mike Pence […]

The IMPACT Act in 2017 — last chance to register for CMS event

Thursday, February 23 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET To register or for more information, click here. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) requires the reporting of standardized patient assessment data by Post-Acute Care (PAC) providers, including skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals. During […]

February is American heart month

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to heart attack. Fortunately, lifestyle changes and, in some cases, medication, can reduce risk for CAD. To learn more about heart disease from the CDC, click here. Medicare Part B covers heart […]

NAHC calls for march on Washington

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has announced their plans to march in Washington, D.C. on March 20 & 21, 2017. NAHC encourages its supporters to join. The march is annual, but a bit different this year. NAHC is planning three advocacy events in 2017—in March, June, and September. The upcoming march […]

New fall prevention device: Air bag belt for seniors

The company responsible for creating a new air bag smart belt, a product currently in development, has now raised enough money to move the device to the next phase: Commercialization. Dr. Robert Buckman, co-founder of the company ActiveProtective, is the inventor behind this new device. Buckman’s smart belt, which could help reduce the Centers for […]