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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

Emergency Preparedness for Long-Term Post-Acute Care Facilities: The Time Has Come to Add a Personal Protective Equipment Component


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).

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

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

Understanding the True Costs of Uncollected Revenue in the LTPAC Industry

Posted by Ken Voll, Director of Revenue Cycle Management on May 5, 2020 2:00:00 PM

Long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) organizations of all sizes and shapes should be singularly focused on the mission of optimizing patient care and enhancing outcomes. Yet, to pursue this, it’s vital that your organization operate efficiently—and a big part of that entails collecting all revenue owed in a consistent manner.

At Richter, we’ve seen far too many LTPACs suffer the harmful effects of uncollected revenue. As a result, they put themselves at risk for financial instability—and that, in turn, puts their mission at risk.

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Topics: long term care consulting services, skilled nursing facility consultants, SNF Consultants, long term revenue cycle management, healthcare revenue cycle management services, revenue cycle billing

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

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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