Tag: SNF

Will CMS’ ban of pre-dispute arbitration agreements stand in court?

In the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule published in October, the agency threw long-term care facilities a curveball by proposing to eliminate pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements. In response to the surprise proposal, on October 24, 2016, the American Health Care Association filed a motion to have the requirement revoked, stating that […]

OIG finds Medicare’s “two-midnight stay” limits SNF care

The OIG has identified vulnerabilities in CMS’ “two-midnight” policy in a report published December 19, 2016. The two-midnight policy mandates that beneficiaries be admitted to the hospital for “two midnights” in order to be considered an inpatient admission and receive Medicare Part A coverage. In order for beneficiaries to be covered under Medicare for treatment […]

Ten devices for tracking the wandering resident

The popular saying goes, “Not all who wander are lost.” But sometimes those who wander are in fact just that, and with an individual who has dementia, being lost can prove a grave situation. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 6 in 10 people with dementia will wander. This includes people in the early stages of […]

Workplace violence rates higher in residential care facilities, OSHA to address

In a request for information published December 7, 2016, OSHA reports that in 2014, residential care facilities’ workplace-violence-related injury rates were 11 times higher than other sectors in the healthcare industry. Supporting data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Table 1 of the request documents the rate of […]

Hospices, LTCHs, IRFs, SNFs affected by Hurricane Matthew can file for exemption for data reporting

Hospices affected by Hurricane Matthew can file for exemption of data reporting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to grant quality reporting data submission and validation exceptions to Medicare providers in several care settings adversely affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew, including post-acute care settings such as Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), […]

Visit the HCPro booth at AHCA for a chance to win a $500 gift card!

AHCA’s Annual Convention will be held October 16th-19th in Nashville. Come explore the latest news in healthcare technologies, services, and solutions for long-term and post-acute care providers and organizations. Network with industry professionals from all over the country at the AHCA/NCAL Welcome Reception, with plenty of music, food, and fun! Stop by HCPro’s booth (#722) […]

New ANA Hostility Prevention Guide Recommends Bartholomew Book

On August 31, the American Nurses Association issued a press release announcing its updated position statement on workplace bullying and violence, stating that the “nursing profession will no longer tolerate violence of any kind from any source.” Among the interventions recommended as “primary prevention” is the HCPro classic work by Kathleen Bartholomew, Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility, […]

Webcast: Regulation Revisions for Long-Term Care: What They Mean for You

Presented on: Thursday August 20, 2015 1:00–2:30 p.m. Eastern Presented by: Reginald Hislop III Sponsored by: Billers’ Association for Long-Term Care The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposal to improve the quality of care and safety affecting long-term care residents. Regulations regarding reduction of unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections, increased quality […]

Nursing home antipsychotic use declines by more than 20%

According to a recently published report, The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes provided an update that shows nursing homes have experienced a decline in antipsychotic use of between 18-21%. The Partnership has a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary with a specific focus on protecting residents […]

Proposed law would mandate minimum direct care nurse hours

A bill that would establish around-the-clock registered nurse staffing hours at Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities was introduced by an Illinois congresswoman last week. The bill, introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), declares that long-term care facilities must use services of at least one registered nurse to provide assessment, surveillance and […]