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.
Topics: Clinical Consulting
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.
Topics: Clinical Consulting
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 Cryptosporidium, norovirus, 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.
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).
This blog is co-authored by Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN BSN RAC-CT IPCO QCP CIC, Manager of Clinical Consulting Services with Richter, and David LeCours, National Director of CareerStaff Unlimited
Considerable research supports the direct relationship between nursing home staffing levels and resident outcomes. Research also has found a clear association between nurse staffing ratios and nursing home overall quality of care.
Extra…extra…read all about it: Therapists are being laid off across the nation!
Despite the alarming nature of this fictitious headline, the truth is, not all therapy companies have elected to cut staff in light of PDPM.
Yes, it is true—incentives for reimbursement have realigned under PDPM. The new payment model no longer gears reimbursement toward optimizing therapy minutes. But keep in mind: The therapy profession has never been about providing optimal minutes; rather, it has been about providing optimal outcomes. Trinity Rehab has been set up for success under PDPM since its creation in 2013, focusing on its employees, partners and the patients we are privileged to serve every day. Therapy companies now must allow that unproductive time for communication and collaboration will ultimately lead to more success for the provider and themselves.
In December 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) released the All Cause Harm Prevention in Nursing Homes Change Package, which was developed as a means to help prevent harm (i.e., adverse events, abuse, and neglect) for nursing home residents. The intended audience of this piece includes nursing homes participating in the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative and anyone interested in improving the quality of life and quality of care for those living in nursing homes.
The following includes answers to some frequently asked questions about the Change Package.
In 1775, the chant of the day was “The Redcoats are coming! The Redcoats are coming!” Fast-forward to 2019 and in the realm of skilled nursing providers, the popular refrain is “PDPM is coming! PDPM is coming!”