Category Archives: Government

New Definitions of Pressure Wounds

WARNING: Some images might prove upsetting to viewers.  Pressure ulcers, aka pressure sores or bed sores, normally develop of the bony areas of the body like the heels, hips or cheek bone, ankles, ears, elbows, etc..  These sores are caused … Continue reading

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Required Emergency Preparedness Basic Surveyor Training Course

CMS’ New Emergency Preparedness Regulation   CMS’ Emergency Preparedness Rule goes into effect November 16, 2017. This will be the first time home health agencies will be required to have an emergency preparedness plan in place. Emergency Preparedness Training: The Centers … Continue reading

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School for Military Caregivers of Veterans

PsychArmor Institute’s School for Military Veteran Caregivers and Families, sponsored by USAA, contains over a dozen free, on-demand, self-paced courses to empower those who care for our Veterans. These courses can help caregivers and families develop skills and knowledge to … Continue reading

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Acting as our patients’ / parents’ advocates for home care

There is inherent tension dealing with a policy flawed by its quixotic attempts to distinguish between acute and long-term functional dependencies. Specifically, they need to learn how to tell when needed services are not available because of Medicare regulations and … Continue reading

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FINAL RULE: Skilled Nursing Facility 30-Day All Cause Readmission Measure (SNFRM)

In the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule, CMS adopted the SNFRM as the first measure for the Skilled Nursing Facility Value Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program. The measure is defined as the risk-standardized rate … Continue reading

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Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates stand on caregiver policies

Caregiving typically doesn’t get much lip service on the national political stage, but that appears to be changing in the current presidential race. While much of the candidates’ statements about caregiving during the campaign have focused on childcare, the challenges … Continue reading

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Review your QRP data prior to public display: Deadline 9/30

Beginning in fall 2016, CMS will publicly report IRF quality data on the IRF Compare website. CMS will publicly report performance data on three quality measures: Percent of residents or patients with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened (short … Continue reading

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