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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

Interim Final Rule Released

Posted on: September 1, 2020

On August 25, CMS released an Interim Final Rule that outlined five major provisions applicable for the duration of the public health emergency. 

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Tags: CMS, LTC, Final Rule, CMS Update 2020

Why are COVID-19 Cases Rising in SNFs?

Posted on: August 20, 2020

Recent data trends suggest that – although SNF teams are well-trained on infection control protocols – COVID-19 infections continue to spread. Even SNFs with high marks on infection prevention surveys are experiencing a rise in cases.
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Tags: skilled nursing facility, snf, COVID-19

For SNFs Nationwide: An Escalation in COVID-19 Cases

Posted on: August 17, 2020

During a special CMS call for nursing homes on August 13, CMS' Seema Verma reported some grim facts. With the increasing spread of the virus in communities throughout the country, COVID-19 cases in SNFs are also on the rise. With more than 12,000 cases in SNFs and an increasing number of deaths, CMS estimates that 50% of SNFs have at least one COVID-19 case.

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Tags: skilled nursing facility, CMS, snf, COVID-19

New Funding Options for SNFs in light of COVID-19

Posted on: August 13, 2020

Did you know CMS has recently published two new options for Skilled Nursing Facilities to obtain additional Covid-19 funding?

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Tags: snf, COVID-19

What Does Medicare's Final Rule for FY21 Mean for SNFs?

Posted on: August 3, 2020

With our industry’s focus on the COVID-19 public health emergency, this year’s Final Rule addresses essential policies only, while incorporating some impactful PDPM updates. There is a strong theme emphasizing a continued commitment to keeping providers connected through electronic means to promote the exchange and reuse of patient assessment data. The MDS is at the top of that list with discharge information being critical to ensure necessary medical information is shared and transferred among post hospital settings. The MDS will not have the anticipated major over haul until 2 years from the end of the Public Health Emergency, likely October 2022. This is good news for interdisciplinary teams that have been adjusting to many related changes and communication methods. Accuracy and collaboration remain critical for the current environment as well as future changes.

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Tags: CMS, snf, SNF Operators, PDPM, CMS Update 2020

For Seniors Recovering from a COVID-19 Infection: Therapy is Indispensable

Posted on: July 24, 2020

“Amidst this pandemic, every single person in a nursing home, assisted living and independent living community needs help. While some need help rehabilitating from a COVID-19 infection, countless others require a prescriptive approach to recover from the negative effects of isolation.” - James A. Avery, MD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.       

Those recovering from a COVID-19 infection – especially older adults – are experiencing significant, persistent deficits. To optimize physical, psychological and functional recovery, the authors of a recent study in Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine recommend post-acute and long-term rehabilitation interventions. Multidisciplinary teams – inclusive of physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech and language therapists, and dietitians – are ideal and best-suited to address the complex syndrome of symptoms commonly associated with seniors recovering from COVID-19.

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Tags: COVID-19