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Physical Therapy Month: Recognizing Innovative PT Practitioners

Posted on: October 19, 2020

Happy Physical Therapy Month!
The profession of physical therapy is 99 years old this year (2020)! To celebrate, HealthPRO Heritage would like to recognize and applaud all of our dedicated, hard-working Physical Therapy Practitioners. We are grateful for each and every one of you, and we are thankful to have you as vital parts of our team. Thank you for your continued dedication to the residents/patients/clients you serve!

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Tags: Physical Therapy, #PTMonth, Physical Therapist

CMS Announcement: New Repayment Terms for COVID-19 Medicare Loans

Posted on: October 12, 2020

From CMS' press release  on October 8, 2020 there are amended terms for repayment on Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program. This allows CMS to make advance payments to providers and are typically used in emergencies. 

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Tags: CMS, CMS Update 2020, COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccine Priorities from NASEM

Posted on: October 12, 2020

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have made recommendations to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about who should get priority for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines when they become available. (NASEM’s recommendations are usually followed.) You can buy a copy of this detailed document for $70 at the link below. These are the proposed phases of rollout as recommended by NASEM:

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Tags: COVID-19

HHS Announcement: More Provider Relief Funding Available

Posted on: October 9, 2020

HHS announced $20 billion in new funding for providers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. This Phase 3 distribution was made possible through the bipartisan CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (which allocated $175 billion in relief funds to hospitals, skilled nursing, home health and other healthcare providers.) Skilled nursing & home health providers and others who have received Provider Relief Fund payments (and some who were previously ineligible providers) are invited to apply for additional funding to cover operating expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tags: snf, senior living, LTC, Home Health, CMS Update 2020, COVID-19

On the ~Anniversary of PDPM, “Oops!” says CMS

Posted on: October 9, 2020

On CMS' Technical Page, the agency announced via this post that an error was made in the PDPM Grouper! Six ICD-10 codes (T8484XA, T8389XA, T8321XA, T82399A, T82392A, and T83021A) were excluded. These codes are significant, because they contribute points toward the NTA case mix group when coded on the PPS MDS assessment.

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Tags: PDPM, CMS Update 2020

RCD Resumes for Home Health Services

Posted on: September 24, 2020

CMS began enforcement of Review Choice Demonstrations (RCD) on August 3, 2020. Home health providers in North Carolina and Florida were able to select their initial choice between August 3, 2020 and August 17, 2020. Home health in all demonstration states (Illinois, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, and Florida) with billing periods beginning on or after August 31, 2020 will be subject to review under the choice selected.

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Tags: Home Health, PDGM, Home Health Agency

Home Health + COVID-19: Clinical and Financial Benefits

Posted on: September 15, 2020

While the medical industry learns to operate during COVID-19, HealthPRO Heritage at Home believes there has never been greater demand for home-based care options or recognition of the power and benefits of care delivered in the home, whether in person or through telemedicine.

The nationwide outbreak of COVID-19 has had a major impact on our healthcare system, and home health agencies across the country have been working hard to continue providing quality health care and services to their patients. Alongside the cost pressure of the 2020 Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) pressures, Medicare (CMS) continues to grow, with around 10,000 new individuals added to their roster every day.

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Tags: PDGM, Home Health Agency, COVID-19

See What’s Possible!  Five Optimistic Outcomes Amidst A Challenging Time

Posted on: September 15, 2020

HealthPRO Heritage is eager to share meaningful, optimistic outcomes amidst a critical time.

As we approach the 1-year anniversary of the PDPM implementation, many continue to struggle with COVID-19 related challenges. Despite the circumstances, HealthPRO Heritage is proud to report outcomes that reliably demonstrate What’s Possible: Impressive upward trends in clinical efficacy and business partnership outcomes.

See What’s Possible. Review FIVE key cross-sectional outcome measures that are truly unique only to HealthPRO Heritage.

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Tags: PDPM

Twelve New PDGM Home Health Clinical Pathways

Posted on: September 8, 2020

Earlier this year in quarter one, the National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) released preliminary data specific to the early PDGM claims and trends*. This was our first opportunity to be able to begin benchmarking performance compared to the trends that were occurring across the home health industry. HealthPRO Heritage at Home then performed a deeper investigation into each specific PDGM clinical grouping and determined...

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Tags: Home Health, PDGM

School Staffing Solutions + Resources for Success

Posted on: September 2, 2020

Together or apart, HealthPRO Pediatrics is united in helping children, providing staffing solutions when you need them the most.

Is your school staff diminishing due to quarantining or high risk staff members? During these uncertain times of back-to-school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, HealthPRO Pediatrics offers guidance, staffing relief, and expert staffing solutions with customizable support services focused on the educational model.

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Tags: School-Based Therapy, COVID-19, Pediatrics