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Navigating COVID-19 – Four Strategies for Home Health and Hospice Agencies

Posted by Deborah Collum on May 21, 2020 12:41:26 PM

For owners of home health and hospice organizations of all sizes and scopes, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused financial and operational disruptions that to this day leave many operators facing dire prospects.

The services your home health or hospice organization provides are vital to the health and well-being of patients. Yet, to continue delivering services, you must remain financially and operationally viable, today and tomorrow. COVID-19 has made that unusually difficult, particularly for home health agencies, since many skilled staff aren’t able to conduct site visits, for a number of reasons. The primary consequences of this are:

  • Home health agencies are now struggling to meet their low utilization payment adjustment (LUPA) thresholds as per physician orders;
  • Revenues are down and could continue to be so long as site visits aren’t being conducted; and
  • Agencies could be risking the loss of recertifications or new admissions they otherwise could receive under “normal” (i.e., non-COVID-19) circumstances.
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Topics: COVID-19, hospice consulting firms, home health revenue cycle managemet, home health consulting, home health care consultants, hospice consulting services

Skilled Nursing Facility COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control: Five Strategies for Improvement


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.

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Topics: skilled nursing facility consultants, clinical consulting services, Coronavirus, SNF Consultants, nursing home management consultants, COVID-19, infection prevention, infection control

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

COVID-19 and the Skilled Nursing Facility: Are You Prepared to Handle Higher-Acuity Hospital Overflow Patients?

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, IPCO, QCP, CIC on Apr 15, 2020 7:30:00 AM

 

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.

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Topics: skilled nursing facility consultants, clinical consulting services, Coronavirus, SNF Consultants, nursing home management consultants, COVID-19

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