One of the first questions a prospective client asks is, “How do I know when to Outsource?”
Have you ever been in a conversation with a group when one person says “But I am not tech-savvy.” Some of us may remember using green ledger paper to track data, push pins on maps from Triple AAA to mark the referral demographics, rolodexes for our business cards, etc. Technology has brought more growth to our world in the last 20 years than all previous years combined. I hear my friends lament that if they can’t figure out the latest device, they will call upon their grandchild. Little Timmy is “a whiz with this stuff.”
Topics: News & Events
With the Affordable Care Act in 2011 came the mandated face to face requirement (F2F) for Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health services. In July 2016, this requirement was extended to Medicaid home health services.
Topics: Home Health & Hospice
Today, providers must be more vigilant than ever in protection of patient information. HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) prescribed into law the requirements for protection of information. All healthcare providers offer a privacy notice to their patients routinely. The vigilance extends from the provider to other partners, including billing and accounting firms, consultants, etc.
As the “baby boom” generation is aging, Long Term Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) operators will face numerous challenges to provide the care this generation will require. More people will live longer with chronic diseases. The numbers of people affected by diseases such as dementia, which affects cognitive function, and other diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) are rising and will continue to rise.
When you hear the words “using advanced technology”, do you think of a nursing home? A nursing home resident? Probably not. We typically think of a different generation entirely - those who are in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s. Older adults may have the lowest rates of technology use as compared to other age groups; yet, older adults are increasing their use of technology faster than any other demographic. Why? The increasing population of Baby Boomers. Baby Boomers who are going to expect Wifi, tablets and computers, not to mention streaming ability for music and television.
Topics: Clinical Consulting
As more advances in technology force those in the Long Term Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) community to adopt, and adapt quickly to use of technological resources, it is important to ensure that your system(s) are not just set up to meet the needs of the provider, but that the system(s) are maintained appropriately and timely.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that an OASIS is successfully submitted prior to the submission of a final Home Health claim to Medicare. Failure to adhere to this requirement could result in claim denials.
I am an HGTV junkie, and I have no problem admitting it! I could watch hour after hour of programming about everything from restoring historical stone houses in Pennsylvania, all the way up to touring new, modern homes that are equipped with the latest technology. A recent show featured the latest one- touch home system that would automatically tint the home’s windows at sunset each day, as well as provide remote home security options. The recent advances in home technology are simply amazing!
Topics: Clinical Consulting
The Accounts Payable (A/P) process for a SNF need not be cumbersome or overwhelming.
Technology has made it possible for most of the A/P process to become routinized and electronic. However, it does require human oversight and management.
“Root cause analysis (RCA) is a method of problem solving used for identifying the root causes of faults or problems. A factor is considered a root cause if removal thereof from the problem-fault-sequence prevents the final undesirable event from recurring; whereas a causal factor is one that affects an event's outcome, but is not a root cause.”