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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

Need for Infection Preventionists is on the Rise

Posted on: July 15, 2020

Is your community meeting the new CDC guidelines when it comes to infection prevention requirements? As COVID-19 cases increase (amidst concerns of a second spike in incidence rates), the CDC released guideline updates for healthcare professionals. As of June 25, 2020:

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Tags: COVID-19, infection prevention

Educational Model vs. Medical Model in Pediatric Therapy

Posted on: July 13, 2020

Children can receive therapeutic support for developmental needs through a number of environments such as inpatient/outpatient clinics, the home, and public schools. The location of service for children with therapeutic needs depends on factors such as the child’s age, needs, and funding source. In some cases, a child may receive support from more than one option at the same time. The goal of care may vary depending on the setting.

Let’s discuss these services which are broken down into two primary models: (1) Educational Model (also known as School-Based Services Delivery) and (2) Medical Model. While both models offer beneficial support for children and their family, understanding the differences between the two models can help service providers offer the most effective services within their current environment.

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Tags: School-Based Therapy, Pediatrics

Home Health Proposed Rule for CY2021

Posted on: July 3, 2020

On June 26, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Home Health proposed rule for 2021.

There were little to no changes with the PDGM payment model and it’s clear that PDGM is here to stay.  Additional highlights from this proposed rule are listed below:

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Tags: Home Health, PDGM