The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created many challenges for long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) providers. One of the most pressing is ensuring timely and safe (i.e., low-risk for infection) visits between practitioners and patients. Increasingly, telehealth – i.e., the delivery of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunications technology – is being used as a primary means to achieve this. In part, this has occurred due to recent regulatory changes that expanded telehealth’s role in caring for Medicare patients across the health care continuum.
As part of a long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) facility’s regular risk assessment, leadership and staff should collaboratively develop written emergency preparedness plans to prepare for and respond to an array of disasters and crises—including epidemics and/or pandemics.
Enter the coronavirus (COVID-19), which has rocked the LTPAC landscape during 2020. While its effects are wide-ranging and profound, COVID-19 has exposed a particularly glaring hole in many facilities’ disaster preparedness plans: personal protective equipment (PPE).
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.
PointClickCare® is a powerful tool to help optimize care and drive positive business outcomes for organizations across the long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) spectrum. Yet while PointClickCare is unquestionably one of the LTPAC industry’s most popular and successful electronic health record (EHR) implementation platforms, it is vastly underutilized by many of the LTPAC organizations that rely on it every day.
Why is that? Well, several factors could be responsible. For one, users may not be fully trained on the full PointClickCare experience, or in using various modules. Turnover may also account for underutilization, and certainly, time is a factor, since LTPAC professionals are busy all day, every day. Sometimes, training just takes a back seat to other priorities.
In “normal” times, your skilled nursing facility staff should be taking all necessary steps to prevent and control infections throughout the facility. As the current COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, it’s safe to say these are anything but normal times.
Fortunately, skilled nursing facilities here in the U.S. up to now haven’t had to deal with major outbreaks beyond seasonal flu. Unfortunately, that has partly caused too many skilled nursing and senior care organizations to overlook basic steps that help prevent and control infections throughout a facility.
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.
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.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to spread throughout the U.S., hospitals in current “hot spots” are facing unprecedented capacity issues—and similar prospects await hospitals in other areas that soon will experience spikes in COVID-19 cases.
When hospitals approach or reach patient capacity, they must turn to outside facilities to handle patient overflows. In this regard, skilled nursing facilities across the country with empty beds are receiving queries from hospital administrators about accepting overflow patients.