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Hurricane Sandy-HealthPRO® Meets the Challenges Head-on

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, providers up and down the east coast are dealing with the dangerous storm’s aftermath and experiencing many challenges.  The physical damage, power outages, flooding, and closures of mass transportation systems are creating staffing shortages as people struggle to get to work.  Many dedicated staff have been spending consecutive days/nights at their facility to make up for those who cannot get to work so that patient care is not interrupted.  These staffing challenges are sometimes exacerbated by facilities who have accepted patient overflow from hospitals forced to evacuate.  As a result, many providers, most especially those in NY, NJ, and CT, are going the extra mile to maintain patient care under very challenging conditions.

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Tags: nursing home operations, skilled nursing facility, medicare

What Are Medicare Rehabilitation Services?

Rehabilitation services covered by Medicare include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) defines physical therapy as the treatment of injury and disease by mechanical means such as heat, light, exercise and massage. Occupational therapy includes services given to help a patient regain the ability to perform activities such as bathing, making meals and housekeeping following an illness. Speech-language pathology services treat diseases of the voice and defects of speech, and spoken and written language.

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Manual Medical Review Update

As you know, October was the first month in a three-month rollout of CMS’ Manual Medical Review process, intended to help control spending for Medicare Part B services by instituting a pre-payment review for claims above $3,700.  

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Tags: nursing home operations, skilled nursing facility, medicare

Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there's more to it than good customer service.

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