Category Archives: Government

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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Unjustifiable Reductions in Home Care Hours

Medicaid Matters and the New York chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys released a report analyzing six months of fair hearing decisions related to reductions in hours for New York home care clients. The evidence suggests that some … Continue reading

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How will BREXIT Impact Care: Take the Poll

   Thousands of overseas nurses have been drafted into the NHS to ease chronic staff shortages over recent years. Concerns that they may now feel unwelcome and turn their backs on the country in the wake of the referendum result, has … Continue reading

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COMBINE THREE APPROACHES for GROWING HOME CARE WORKFORCE

There need not be a single approach to solving most problems.  It could be argued that taking the one approach stance tends to create more problems than it solves.  Certainly, the single approach tactic results in the tendency to leave … Continue reading

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