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Choosing a SNF Clinical Consultant-Five Competencies That Really Matter


 

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), senior care facilities and long-term care facilities come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have a common goal: optimizing resident care and enhancing outcomes. Achieving this is no easy feat—it takes skill, planning, foresight and execution in many areas, including revenue cycle management, accounting and finance, Medicare compliance, EHR implementation and ongoing usage and more.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, skilled nursing facility consultants, clinical consulting services, SNF Consultants, nursing home management consultants, clinincal Compliance

Understanding Human Pathogens: COVID-19 Isn’t Society’s Only Epidemic/Pandemic Concern


 

 

The year 2020 has undoubtedly put coronavirus (COVID-19) in the spotlight. We are quarantining, self-isolating and wearing facemasks when we venture out in public. COVID-19 is already proven to be the deadliest virus humans have encountered since the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 1918. Accordingly, medical and public health professionals have focused considerable efforts and directed resources toward managing its spread.

That said, COVID-19 is only one of many viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi that could cause an epidemic or pandemic. With the high number of patients who are currently being treated in our hospitals and the overwhelming lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), we could see a marked increase in any one of these—or in multiple human pathogens.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, skilled nursing facility consultants, clinical consulting services, Coronavirus, COVID-19, infection prevention, infection control

Lessons Learned in the Aftermath of PDPM's Implementation


 

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) was launched on Oct. 1, 2019, so as of this writing, observers have had ample time to see how it is taking shape. Thus far, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that PDPM has not been budget-neutral compared to the last model, as it was intended to be. PDPM is part of the larger, industry-wide shift toward value-based payment systems that reward providers for delivering high-quality care for people in need. While PDPM now requires more tracking and reporting for long-term care (LTC) providers and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), particularly in terms of ICD-10 coding, the ultimate goal is providing better patient care.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, pdpm, clinical consulting services

Understanding How to Skill Residents Under Medicare A in a Post-PDPM World


 

Here at Richter, our Clinical Consulting team has fielded an array of questions lately from skilled nursing facility (SNF) clients regarding what to skill residents for under Medicare A, and what the criteria is.

Based on our decades of experience in the industry, we’ve found that such questions aren’t out of the ordinary in “normal circumstances.” Indeed, under previous PPS payer rules, when a Medicare resident was discharged from an acute-care hospital, the general assumption was that they were eligible for skilled services through their need of therapy services. Accordingly, during this time, much of the documentation burden also lay with the therapist.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, pdpm, clinical consulting services

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

CDC Updated Adult Immunization Schedule

Posted by Celeste Rininger, RN RAC-CT on Mar 11, 2020 8:45:00 AM

CDC Approves Updated Adult Immunization Schedule – What You Need to Know

In late 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to approve the Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for Ages 19 Years or Older for the U.S. beginning in 2020. The CDC vaccine schedule summarizes the recommendations of each vaccine and has been approved by the director of the CDC as well as by the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American College of Nurse-Midwives.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting

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

PointClickCare Names Richter 2019 Marketing Partner of the Year

Posted by Richter on Nov 19, 2019 4:10:35 PM

PointClickCare, the leading electronic health record (EHR) technology partner to North America’s long-term post-acute care and senior care industry, has named Richter as its 2019 Marketing Partner of the Year. The award recognizes the close collaboration between Richter and PointClickCare on targeted training activities related to Medicare Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).

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Topics: News & Events, Clinical Consulting

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