Tag: nursing homes

Survey preparation experts will share their top tips on Wednesday, March 7

It’s important that providers understand how the new survey process differs from prior survey cycles and what to expect from surveyors before they arrive at the facility. On Wednesday, March 7, from 1:00-2:00pm, ET survey preparation experts Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, and Diane R. Hislop, RN, will help providers prepare for the new QIS-driven […]

How will ADL scoring change under RCS-1?

RCS-1 was introduced in an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [CMS-1686-ANPRM]. While providers are awaiting an implementation date, HCPro is dedicated to helping you understand the changes from RUG-IV and navigate the shift every step of the way! An important change introduced by RCS-1 affects capturing of ADLs and a reduction in the number of assessments required. “With […]

Ethical principles for long-term care billers

The following post is an excerpt from Medicare Guide for SNF Billing and Reimbursement by Janet Potter, CPA, MAS, and Frosini Rubertino, RN-CNE, CDONA/LTC, CPRA. The following ethical principles are based on the core values of The Billers’ Association for Long-Term Care. They apply to all members. Long-term care billing professionals shall do the following: […]

Facts and free resources for preventing the flu in long-term care

Impacts of the flu on seniors ages 65 years and older range from an increased risk for heart attack, stroke, and bacterial lung infection (i.e. bronchitis or pneumonia), as well as a negative impact on ability to function independently. Due to these increased risks, it is unlikely that a senior infected with the flu will […]

Scientists are able to completely reverse Alzheimer’s in mice

By slowly reducing levels of the enzyme BACE1 in mice as they age, scientists at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio discovered that the formation of amyloid plaques on the brain (bits of protein build up that are believed to be at the root of Alzheimer’s disease) were either prevented or reversed. The study was published […]

Understanding phase 2 requirements for survey readiness

A thorough review and update of the implementation of Phase 2 requirements, as well as preparation tactics for survey readiness, will help long-term care providers mitigate citation risks. This review will also help providers understand what to expect as surveys transition throughout the year to the new outcome-oriented survey format. During HCPro’s 60-minute webinar on […]

New guidelines make significant changes to management of C. Difficile

Clostridium difficile or C. diff is a deadly, treatment-resistant infection and the most important cause of healthcare-associated diarrhea. Adults who are 65 years and older and in a long-term care facilities are especially at risk for the highly contagious infection. Earlier this year, a panel of experts was convened to update the 2010 clinical practice […]

Nursing home residents at higher risk for difficult to treat infection

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that patients in healthcare facilities in several countries (including the United States) are experiencing a harmful yeast called Candida auris, which causes serious invasive infections. The yeast, which does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. The CDC says […]

Who needs to prepare for RCS-1?

On July 31, 2016, CMS announced that the payment levels currently used in the prospective payment system (PPS), resource utilization group (RUG) IV, will be replaced in FY2019 by the resident classification system (RCS-1). This replacement is currently scheduled to be implemented by October 2018. This will be a complicated and significant change for providers. […]

Announcing HCPro’s newest service: PROPELLong-Term Care

From mitigating legal and resident safety risks to driving compliance and growth amid constant unpredictability, the challenges faced by modern long-term care leaders are too numerous, varied, and complex to fit within the confines of any single book or brainstorming session. Your needs are evolving, and so are we. We’re excited to announce HCPro’s newest […]