Tag: risk

CMS updates HHVBP FAQ for April

CMS is providing more resources for agencies as it prepares for implementation of the national rollout of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model beginning in 2023. In a message to providers April 7, 2022, CMS highlighted updates to its HHVBP Frequently Asked Questions, with the FAQ growing to 45 pages. Among the new and […]

Fully risk-based payment models likely to decrease, CMS official says

Those working in healthcare should not expect many more fully risk-based payment models from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), CMS Chief Operating Officer Jon Blum said during the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations’ fall conference. “I don’t think that CMS will be promoting models that have more risk just for the […]

HIPAA security Q&A

Q: On May 25, 2021, the Office for Civil Rights investigation of Peachstate Health Management LLC found systemic noncompliance with the HIPAA Security Rule, including failures to conduct an enterprisewide risk analysis, implement risk management and audit controls and maintain documentation of HIPAA Security Rule policies and procedures. This case involves a BA. What are […]

COVID-19 Training for Employees

As more and more organizations bring employees back on-site, including those that always kept employees on-site, we must continue to be aware of COVID-19 and what it means for employers and employees as the economy picks back up. In particular, employers still have an obligation under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide […]

Risk of Spreading COVID-19 to Relatives Justifies Abandoning Work, AR Court Rules

All of us are facing the uncertainty and burdens of dealing with COVID-19’s impact on the workplace. One issue revolves around when employees have good cause to abandon their jobs because of the risks created by the virus. The Arkansas Court of Appeals recently addressed the question and sided with the employee. Tracy Keener was […]

New York nursing homes under fire after accusations of under-reporting COVID-19 deaths

New York state nursing homes are under fire as reports surface stating that COVID-19 deaths may have been under-counted by 50%. A sample of 62 nursing homes showed that a substantial number of deaths were not included in the official death toll when the deaths occurred at hospitals after transfers, states NY Attorney General (AG) […]

Follow these nine crucial tips to ensure your agency’s website is ADA compliant

Agencies should ensure that their websites are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) so that they can reduce their risk of being targeted in a lawsuit or government enforcement action. To protect your agency, take these nine steps: Conduct an informal risk assessment of your website. Visit your site and see whether you […]

At-home COVID-19 testing on the horizon

At-home COVID-19 testing may be made available in order to allow for a greater number of people to be tested in less time. Doing so would also minimize the risk of infected people traveling to a testing location. LabCorp was the first company to receive FDA authorization for home collection of COVID-19 test samples back […]

Older adults face heightened risk of diabetes-related amputation

The rate of diabetes-related amputations in older adults increased significantly between 2009 and 2017, according to Jessica Harding, PhD, an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine. Specifically, nontraumatic lower extremity amputations (NLEA) have been on the rise, growing more than 1% per year from 2009 to 2017, according to Dr. Harding. It’s not […]

Study finds method to predict SNF admission from hosital admission profile

A June 2019 study in JAMA found that it’s possible to predict at the day of admission a patient’s risk of SNF discharge. Researcher’s noted strong indiciators for SNF admission included impaired mobility and impaired ability to bathe, as well as living alone. The study used a  retrospective cohort of 11,380 hospitalized patients. View the […]