Tag: staff

Manage medications ahead of OASIS-E

Agencies should ensure clinicians are familiar with the high-risk drug classes ahead of OASIS-E implementation and the addition of N0415 (High-risk drug classes: use and indication). Explain why it’s important. Be sure that staff are educated and competent in the various high-risk drug classes. Designate education around different medications. Make sure you’re asking the right […]

Post-Acute Advisor Quick Poll 2022: National Nurses Week

As part of National Nurses Week, Post-Acute Advisor reached out to our readers with a few questions about staff morale, how organizations can help strengthen nursing’s role in overall quality and care, along with what issues organizations should focus on moving forward beyond COVID-19. Highlights include improvements in overall organization morale; the need for a […]

Updated CMS vaccine mandate guidance stresses contractor compliance

Make sure contracted staff are compliant with CMS’ vaccine requirement and that these contractors can provide proof of vaccination. CMS updated its guidance to surveyors on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, making it clear that contractor compliance is a high priority during survey reviews of vaccine documentation. The new guidance notes that surveyors should review the […]

CMS sets December 6 deadline for first dose of COVID-19 vaccines

Work now to record and review staff vaccination status and implement and update polices around vaccine requirements to prepare for a CMS deadline of Jan. 4, 2022, to have all eligible employees fully vaccinated. Keep in mind that there is no testing option under this rule. COVID-19 vaccines will be mandatory for the vast majority […]

HHVBP coming in 2022: Start preparing now

Secure a 5% bonus when Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) goes national as proposed for 2022. Gather your staff for this live webinar on November 16 and receive easy-to-follow tips for moving the needle on those key outcomes that drive scores in HHVBP. Get details at: https://store.decisionhealth.com/hhvbp-bonuses.

CMS, OSHA release vaccine requirements

CMS will require that eligible home health and hospice staff have received their shot or shots for full COVID-19 vaccination by Jan. 4, 2022, in order for the provider to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. OSHA also has released its vaccine requirements for employers with more than 100 employees. Medicare and Medicaid providers […]

CMS to launch new tool that compares nursing home vaccination rates

CMS has announced a new tool that will be available on medicare.gov that will allow users to view vaccination rates of staff and residents at nursing homes. “CMS wants to empower nursing home residents, their families and caregivers with the information they need when choosing care providers for their loved ones. As we continue to […]

Make sure your emergency preparedness plan is up to snuff

In light of the recent hurricane that hit Louisiana, as well as the resulting flooding throughout the northeast, it’s important that SNFs review their emergency preparedness plans so that they are ready for any potential disaster. Facilities should take time to review the following, and make sure all involved parties are informed, and ready to […]

CMS mandates COVID-19 vaccine for nursing home employees

CMS has announced a new mandate that requires all nursing home employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Non-compliant nursing homes stand to lose federal funding if they allow non-vaccinated staff to continue to work. According to federal data, approximately 60% of nursing home staff is currently vaccinated.

Q&A: Job-specific HIPAA training

Q: As we look forward to 2021, we’re looking to utilize the most up-to-date HIPAA training strategies. I am responsible for training clinical and clerical staff annually. Do you have any recommendations for job-specific HIPAA training? A: HCPro and TeachPrivacy, among others, are solid training provider vendors. They work to keep their training accurate and […]