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Time to bring back post-acute waiversThe average American’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) in the spring of 2020 was swift and rapid, with personal mobility quickly reduced by over 50 percent and millions of people newly working from home. The actions of America’s hospitals were similarly rapid,…
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During this week’s Monitor Mondays broadcast, Ronald Hirsch, MD, vice president at R1 RCM, reminded listeners how confusing all the waivers and flexibilities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have been, while noting that what is more amazing is that the confusion hasn’t stopped. The latest confusion, Hirsch said, relates to…
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As some states begin to reopen, others are seeing increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases with hospitals reporting rising ICU utilization and near-capacity conditions. But one thing has not changed throughout the pandemic, the question of when a skilled nursing facility (SNF) or swing bed may accept a patient Part A…
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Acute-care hospitals are to use their beds for “swing services” when necessary. EDITOR’S NOTE: In a surprise move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new waiver on May 11, allowing all acute-care hospitals to use their beds for “swing bed services” when necessary. Dr. Ronald Hirsch,…
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In the aftermath of the devastation caused by both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued blanket waivers of some the regulatory requirements for hospitals and post-acute care settings to support access to services and allow healthcare facilities to provide timely care to…