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Heritage Healthcare continues to grow, adds 15th state in its 14th year

Greenville, SC, March 1, 2013 – The leadership at Heritage Healthcare has extensive industry experience which has been a firm foundation for growth. As a result, Heritage Healthcare rehab management services has been introduced to one state after another, year after year – recently adding state number fifteen to its list of customer locations.

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AHCA Releases Hospital Readmission Measure for Skilled Nursing on LTC Trend Tracker

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) recently announced that a new measurement tool for 30-day hospital readmissions among skilled nursing providers is now available to its members. Developed by PointRight, Inc., AHCA incorporated the risk-adjusted rehospitalization metric, OnPoint-30™, into the Association’s data tracking software, Long Term Care (LTC) Trend Tracker.

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CCRCs Tapping Revenue Streams, Offering Onsite Therapy & Rehab

Senior care communities are looking for ways to drive revenue through ancillary services, and many are turning to on-site rehabilitation and therapy as strategy to counteract shrinking Medicare reimbursement margins for skilled nursing care.

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Tags: nursing home operations, nursing home occupancy, medicare

SKILLED MAINTENANCE SERVICES ARE NOW COVERED BY MEDICARE

  • Settlement in the Medicare Improvement Standard case, Jimmo v. Sebelius, was approved on January 24, 2013 by a federal judge during a scheduled fairness hearing.
  • Case involved woman denied Medicare coverage for treatment of her chronic diabetes related conditions.
  • As a result of the settlement with the Department of Health and Human Services, individuals who need maintenance care for conditions that are not improving CAN NO LONGER BE DENIED  MEDICARE COVERAGE UNDER AN IMPROVEMENT STANDARD.
  • CMS will need to update policy manual and undertake an educational campaign to increase awareness of the policy.

 TREATMENT IMPLICATIONS

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Tags: nursing home operations, nursing home occupancy, medicare

Why Providers Should Follow Southwest Airlines into Uncharted Territory

Over the course of any given year, I travel to many conferences around the nation and the world to discuss aging-related issues with my peers. I rarely give any thought to the airlines that carry me to these destinations, especially if I get there on time and with a minimum of hassles.

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