Tag: LTC

LTC therapy and physician services threatened by future Medicare cuts

Despite the overwhelming need for physician services in LTC facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, proposed Medicare Part B cuts for 2021 may threaten the livelihood of those physicians. The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for FY 2021 proposes reimbursement reductions for a variety of services covered under Medicare Part B. These cuts could force LTC physicians […]

Upcoming webinar: Survey Success for Long-Term Care

During this 60-minute webinar, industry experts Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, and Diane R. Hislop, RN, will review survey trends and help prepare providers for the new QIS-driven survey process. They will also teach participants how to develop a survey management program (including guidance for providing demonstrable evidence of compliance) and a cost-saving post-survey response […]

New guidance issued to safely reopen LTC facilities

CMS released new guidance for states working to safely reopen LTC facilities. The guidance, part of the Trump Administration Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, details infection control, testing, and surveillance recommendations that states should follow in order to reopen. “Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on nursing homes, and as we reopen America, we […]

LTC facilities account for a third of COVID-19 deaths in many states

LTC facilities have been a hot spot COVID-19 deaths, accounting for a third of deaths in 26 states, and more than half of related deaths in 14 of those states, according to new data published by the Kaiser Family Foundation. New Hampshire and Pennsylvania LTC facilities have been hit especially hard, accounting for 72% and […]

Coronavirus death toll surpasses 3,600 in LTC facilities

More than 3,600 deaths in LTC facilities across the U.S. have been liked to COVID-19, according to the most recent count by The Associated Press (AP). Although the federal government has not been keeping a tally of COVID-19 related deaths in LTC facilities, AP has compiled a tally based on state counts and media reports. […]

CDC urged to publicly tally LTC facilities with COVID-19 cases

A CDC spokesperson announced that over 400 LTC facilities have confirmed COVID-19 cases as of March 30, but did not announce the names said facilities. Since the virus first began spreading widely throughout the country, the CDC has not kept a running tally of infected facilities, but has computed the totals at least twice. In […]

Former CMS expert suggests taking out a reverse mortgage to cover gaps in LTC coverage

According to a 2019 study by Bankers Life, 56% of baby boomers mistakenly believe that Medicare covers ongoing long-term care. In an attempt to address gaps in LTC Medicare payments, former CMS technical expert Diane Omdahl recommends to Forbes that residents take out a reverse mortgage to cover gaps in care costs. “Let’s be very […]

SNF PPS final rule published, new payment model to begin October 1, 2019

It’s official: According to CMS’ Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule published in the Federal Register yesterday evening, the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)—the new case-mix methodology to replace RUG-IV)—is effective October 1, 2018. Facilities will have a year to transition to PDPM from RUG-IV by the October 1, 2019 implementation date. […]

MedPAC weighs in on several topics affecting post-acute care in public meeting

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held their public meeting over two days this week at the Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center in Washington to discuss multiple topics impacting post-acute care. The meeting agenda included the following: Medicare Advantage encounter data validation and potential uses: ISSUE: During public sessions, Commissioners regularly highlight situations in […]

Virtual, interactive training to increase interdepartmental collaboration

If collaboration isn’t on the tip of your staff’s tongue, it should be. On Wednesday, April 11, 12-3pm, ET, industry experts and seasoned long-term care providers Liz Barlow, BSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT and Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-C invite your nursing and therapy staff to participate in a virtual, interactive training workshop that will […]