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Both rules would do more than merely impact payment. Federal officials this week unveiled a pair of proposed rules that are likely to have significant ramifications for hospice and skilled nursing facility (SNF) providers nationwide. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules 1754-P and 1756-P were issued on Thursday,…
Proposed rule solicits comments on closing the health equity gap. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) that would update payment policies for FY 2022, update IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for FY 2022, address Public Reporting of Quality…
Leading case management during COVID-19. Towards the end of the most recent COVID-19 surge, an employee working from home mentioned how isolated they felt, and how lucky I was to go into work every day. That sat with me for a minute before I responded, while also acknowledging how difficult…
This program identifies the “churn” that can lead to staff and physician burnout and unintended events. Last month  (March 14-20) was this year’s Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI’s) Patient Safety Awareness Week. It is an annual event in which the IHI intends to “encourage everyone to learn more about healthcare…
Expansion of telehealth services and vaccine news are included in this report. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) established a face-to-face encounter requirement for certification of eligibility for Medicare home health services, by requiring the certifying physician to document that he or she, or a non-physician practitioner working…
Loopholes in rental and lease agreements may force individuals and families into crowded living situations. I value when our Monitor Monday and RACmonitor  listeners reach out to me on social media; many did after last week’s broadcast and article on the topic of eviction moratoriums. With so many hospitalized patients…
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The reality is that silos are everywhere, and they are not necessarily bad, but need to be managed. There are silos in all aspects of life, but most of the time we associate them with farming, as with the classic images of grain silos. The term is often used in…