Tag: staff

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 […]

Nominate your staff for an AHCC Achievement Award

The Association for Home Care Coding and Compliance (AHCC) is looking for amazing people across the country doing groundbreaking work in home care to honor them with an AHCC Achievement Award. AHCC is accepting nominations for four awards this year: Home Health Coding Professional of the Year Hospice Coding Professional of the Year Home Health […]

Skilled Nursing Week: Wrapping Up a Week’s Worth of Daily Offers

Sponsors: Intelycare and Vocera Post-Acute Advisor is happy to announce our offerings in honor of Skilled Nursing Week. To celebrate and honor our skilled nursing staff in the long-term care industry, we provided useful and insightful tips and analysis free to you each day of the week! To end the week, here is the list […]

COVID-19 outbreak reported at Washington nursing home

In a grim reminder that nursing home residents are still vulnerable to COVID-19, a recent outbreak in a Washington state nursing home has claimed one life. In addition to the fatality of an 80-year old resident, 19 staff members and residents tested positive for COVID-19 at Avamere Bellingham Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Bellingham, Wa. Six […]