Tag: status

CMS updates guidance on certain NOA reporting

On Sept. 10, 2021, CMS provided updated guidance on certain claims as agencies transition from the monthly RAP to a one-time Notice of Admission (NOA) in 2022. As previously noted by CMS, for beneficiaries receiving home health services in 2021 whose services will continue in 2022, the agency will need to submit a one-time, artificial […]

New visitation rules in effect for California SNFs

A statewide order went into effect August 11 in California that requires proof of vaccination for all SNF visitors. If a visitor cannot prove vaccination status, they must provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the visit. All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask as well. […]

Are employees required to divulge vaccination status?

Q: Can I require my employees to tell me if they are vaccinated and, if so, to provide proof? A: The EEOC’s COVID-19 guidance provides that asking for proof of an employee’s vaccinated status is not a disability-related inquiry and is permitted under the ADA. However, the EEOC cautions that asking an employee about the […]

OIG warns providers about COVID-19 vaccine fraud and abuse

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is reminding providers of the rules around administering the COVID-19 vaccine after complaints from patients charged for the vaccine and other reports of fraud and abuse around vaccine distribution. OIG is reminding all participating providers that they: must administer COVID-19 Vaccine with no out-of-pocket […]

Q&A: Case managers supporting COVID-19 patients

Q: As case managers strive to best support patients recovering from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), what are some of the most important things to keep in mind? A: Ellen Fink-Samnick, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CCTP, CMHIMP, CRP, DBH(s), of EFS Supervision Strategies LLC, in Burke, Virginia offers five strategies for supporting COVID-19 patients. Discharge to […]

COVID-19 vaccine status affects willingness to receive care, survey finds

On December 3, 2020, U.S. Transcend Strategy Group fielded a survey asking if the COVID-19 vaccine would impact people’s willingness to receive care. Of the 599 respondents, 65% said a health care provider’s vaccine status will influence whether they seek care. More than a third, 35%, said a vaccinated caregiver will significantly impact their decision […]

Skilled status charting for SNFs

Today, long-term care expert Reta Underwood, Medicare Specialist and president of CLTC, a national long-term care consulting firm based in Kentucky discusses skilled status charting for SNFs, as well as the differences between direct and indirect skilled services. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.  

NOTICE Act signed by President Obama

A bill changing notification of outpatient observation status for hospital patients has been signed into law by President Obama. On July 28, 2015, the Senate unanimously passed the NOTICE Act, which then got passed on to the President. This legislation was introduced by Congressmen Lloyd Doggett (D-TX-35) and Todd Young (R-IN-9) in the U.S. House […]