COVID-19 is definitely encouraging decision-makers to rethink older adult care. From a survey of approximately 1,000 family health care decision-makers, Home Health Care News reports that “Over 50% of family members are now more likely to choose in-home care.
The reimbursement rate at which CMS pays nursing homes for care of Medicaid residents is shockingly low. In some areas of the country these rates don’t even pay for the full cost of the care being provided. Facility closures are a risk, related to reimbursement and funding cuts.
Long-term care providers already had serious challenges before the COVID-19 pandemic appeared. In our e-Book, Survive or Thrive? Where Long-Term Care Goes from Here, HealthStream takes a broad look at the issues that organizations across the continuum of care are facing.
The Skilled Nursing Facility Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) launched by CMS in 2019 applies to reimbursement for rehabilitation physical therapy in the skilled nursing environment. It is having an unintended impact on rehab services in this care setting.
As in recent years, technology promises to transform more areas of healthcare, in both the near and more distant future. A 2019 Forbes article offers the following examples where great changes and advances are expected.
The cost of hospital readmissions is enormous, estimated to be in the vicinity of $26 billion annually. It’s no wonder Medicare is working to reduce this amount. When it comes to the emotional toll of readmissions, patients and direct caregivers have rarely been asked about the process.
Home health nursing is one of the many career options available within the nursing profession. It is a choice for registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and nurse assistants (NAs). The educational requirements for a home health nurse are dependent on individual nursing certifications.
While much of healthcare is in flux, the importance of helping patients to understand their financial responsibilities remains constant. Effective communication strategies and processes remain the best way to optimize revenue cycle and collections.