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Amidst Nationwide COVID-19 Surge: Staying Smart + Staying Safe + Building Sustainability

Posted on: November 2, 2020

Amidst an unfortunate nationwide rise in COVID-19 cases, HeatlhPRO Heritage is relaunching several resources (and sharing new updates, too!) to reinforce our company's key strategies to:
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Tags: COVID-19

In a Year of Tricks, CMS Drops a TREAT with Home Health Final Rule

Posted on: October 30, 2020

CMS released the 2021 home health final rule on Thursday, October 29, 2020. HealthPRO Heritage at Home sorted through the mixed bag and found more treats than tricks!

There were minimal changes compared to the home health proposed rule that was released in July 2020. Probably the best news in the rule was the 1.9% aggregate increase (or $390 million) in reimbursement that agencies will realize in 2021. Although the increase was less than the original 2.6% increase that was in the proposed rule.

Other highlights from the final rule are as follows:

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Tags: PDGM, Home Health Agency, COVID-19

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

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

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

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