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Choosing a Medicaid Consulting Firm for Your Long-Term Post-Acute Care Facility

Posted by Maureen Hedrick on May 20, 2020 4:31:23 PM


Market opportunities continue to expand for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), senior care facilities and long-term care facilities around the U.S. as more and more baby boomers seek residence and care. Yet, increasing numbers of residents means added pressure to meet Medicaid challenges—particularly as Medicaid rules and regulations continually change and evolve.

In order to adequately serve residents and help ensure optimal outcomes while remaining profitable and compliant, it is more important than ever to meet every Medicaid challenge your long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) facility knows about—as well as those you may not be aware of, or don’t fully understand.

Today, more and more LTPACs are turning to outside Medicaid specialists for insights, expertise, training and customized solutions for a variety of Medicaid challenges.

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Topics: Medicaid Consulting, skilled nursing facility consultants, SNF Consultants, medicaid consultant, medicaid challenges, medicaid specialist

Economic Recovery From COVID-19: CARES Act Takeaways for Long-Term Post-Acute Care Organizations

Posted by Maureen Hedrick on Apr 16, 2020 7:45:00 AM


Like all providers in the healthcare arena, long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) organizations have been engulfed in a whirlwind of dramatic change by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic . This crisis not only presents enormous clinical challenges for LTPACs, but myriad financial impacts threaten many facilities’ very existence.

Federal relief was sorely needed – quickly – and on March 27, it arrived via the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which was signed into law by President Trump. The CARES Act offers healthcare providers – LTPACs included – an array of relief measures designed to ease financial and regulatory burdens associated with this crisis.


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Topics: skilled nursing facility consultants, Coronavirus, SNF Consultants, COVID-19, long term post-acute care, CARES Act

Easing COVID-19 Burdens for Long-Term Post-Acute Care Facilities With No-Cost Solutions From PointClickCare®

Posted by Maureen Hedrick on Apr 15, 2020 11:00:00 AM


As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impact long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) organizations across the U.S., providers need solutions that meet the needs of residents and keep them safe. PointClickCare® now offers three vital solutions designed to streamline workflow and adapt to specialized post-acute care provider requirements amid today’s COVID-19 landscape—all at no cost.

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Topics: Coronavirus, COVID-19, pointclickcare implementation, pointclickcare consulting, pointclickcare consultants

Court’s “Observation Status” Designation Decision Opens Potential Patient Access to Medicare-Covered Long-Term Care Services

Posted by Maureen Hedrick on Mar 31, 2020 10:12:35 AM

In a groundbreaking decision, a federal appeals court ruled that certain hospital patients now have the right to appeal “observation status” designations and potentially change their hospital observation status to inpatient status. This, in turn, could save patients large out-of-pocket expenses, streamline their ability to access Medicare-covered long-term care services and increase demand for those services at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) around the country.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting

Corporate Compliance Basics for Health Care Organizations

Posted by Maureen Hedrick on Oct 14, 2016 9:56:50 AM

Corporate Compliance. If you work in healthcare, you have most likely heard the words. Set in a statute as a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a condition of Medicare and Medicaid provider enrollment, Sections 6102 and 6401 of the ACA mandate that skilled nursing facilities (SNF), as well as other healthcare providers, adopt Corporate Compliance standards by March 23, 2013.

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Topics: Medicaid Consulting, Accounting, Financial Consulting

Strategies for Implementing an EHR in LTPAC Facilities

Posted by Maureen Hedrick on Aug 12, 2016 7:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, Implementation

Establishing a Process to Address Medicare Overpayments Final Rule

Posted by Maureen Hedrick on Jul 21, 2016 9:47:38 AM

In a recent blog, I outlined the components of what makes up Policy & Procedure (P&P) – the WHY, WHEN, WHO, WHERE & HOW that is the backbone of good process. P&P need not be overly complicated or detailed – in fact, if you don’t “Keep it Simple” you are creating a monster. They say that the devil is in the details, and in this case that is true. Overthinking it, and adding unnecessary layers to your process will make it all too hard to comply with. If that is the case, and you make it impossible to meet your internal process points, you may truly be “hoisted by your own petard” (arcane reference acknowledged, but in plain English – “you have no one to blame but yourself)”.  Do not err on the side of making your process too hard to follow.

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Topics: Medicaid Consulting, Clinical Consulting, Revenue Cycle Management, Financial Consulting

Improving Your Facility's CMS Five-Star Quality Rating -- Insights and Tips

Posted by Maureen Hedrick on May 19, 2016 1:29:37 PM

We attended the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Convocation 2016 in Philadelphia this week. My colleague, Jennifer Leatherbarrow and I presented a session to the membership on Untangling the Web of VBP – and all of the many acronyms therein. The presentation itself is meant to break down each of the components and programs within the Value Based Purchasing initiatives from the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Topics: Medicaid Consulting, Clinical Consulting

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