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Hand Sanitizers: Understanding the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, IPCO, QCP, CIC on Nov 26, 2019 10:45:00 AM

With flu season now upon us, it’s more important than ever to keep your hands clean and free of germs to the extent possible. In that respect, many people turn to hand sanitizers to get the job done. But are they the safest and most effective means of accomplishing that?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the best strategy is also the most time-tested one: washing hands with soap and water. Hand-washing has been proven to reduce the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. Moreover, hand-washing with soap and water is a more effective way than hand sanitizers to remove germs such as Cryptosporidiumnorovirus, and Clostridium difficile. Hand-washing with soap and water also removes debris that hand sanitizer leaves behind (including allergens like peanut proteins)—and it does so with the fewest side effects.

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Topics: News & Events, Clinical Consulting

What Your LTPAC Should Do About Medicare Advantage Plans Under PDPM

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, IPCO, QCP, CIC on Oct 4, 2019 9:04:50 AM

In the months leading up to October 1, 2019, providers across the long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) spectrum have been very busy preparing for PDPM for Medicare A residents. We at Richter have as well, as we’ve been training, updating software, adjusting processes and planning our strategy for the biggest change in reimbursement in over 20 years. The good news: It’s finally here! The bad news: There is no real direction on what to do about Medicare Advantage plans.

As we all know, no matter how hard we try, payer information can be wrong. If you think that a resident is on a Medicare Advantage Plan upon admission and a month down the road, you find out they are classified under Traditional Medicare A, you will be in a world of hurt if you did not complete the Medicare A assessments. This is why we recommend that you complete the PDPM 5-day assessment on all Medicare and Medicare Advantage skilled residents. Although this will be a PDPM 5-day assessment, you will still be able to see the RUG-IV at the top of each assessment if needed by the Medicare Advantage Plan. If you are not using PointClickCare®, call your software vendor to see if you have this option available.

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Topics: Financial Consulting, pdpm

RAI Updates for October 1, 2019 Finally Released: Things You Need to Know

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, IPCO, QCP, CIC on Sep 20, 2019 3:47:09 PM

The final RAI Manual for October 1, 2019 was released on September 18. The good news is that there are no surprises! I have to say I was really happy with the examples that have been added throughout the various sections. This was definitely a much needed update. I have highlighted below the items I found to be the most noteworthy.

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