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Oct 09, 2020
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

Being prepared for an audit is of utmost importance for SNFs. COVID-19 has completely changed the auditing process, though, and as post-pandemic audits loom on the horizon, it’s imperative that SNFs are ready for them to resume.

Sep 04, 2020
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

As it has for so many aspects of our lives, the COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed the way many skilled nursing facilities (SNF) function. Policies and procedures are constantly evolving, so SNFs need to ensure that they are taking appropriate actions and documenting all that is required. As the pandemic continues to evolve, the documentation requirements evolve as well. “As you're reviewing and updating your policies and procedures, make sure that your policies are dated and that you are keeping your prior versions,” recommends Todd Selby, attorney at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PC.

Aug 21, 2020
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

Oxygen is necessary for life. Some diseases and conditions prevent enough oxygen from nourishing the body’s tissues, so supplemental oxygen is administered. Oxygen is a basic need at the lowest level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Needs at the lower levels must be fulfilled before needs at the higher levels become important. Because the need for oxygen is a low level need, the resident who is having trouble breathing cannot focus on much else. Oxygen is a prescription item, and a physician’s order is necessary to administer it to a resident. Your facility policies may permit nurses to administer oxygen in an emergency, but if a general standing order is implemented for a resident, physician notification and a proper order are necessary.

Aug 21, 2020
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken things up for SNFs and affected nearly all day-to-day activities. In order to reduce the burden for SNFs, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a variety of blanket waivers to cut through red tape that SNFs typically face. The waivers are set to last as long as the pandemic is declared a national emergency, although we don’t yet know when that declaration will expire.

Aug 21, 2020
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

There are few communities hit harder by COVID-19 than the elderly nursing home population. Not only are outcomes for older individuals who contract the virus poorer, but the isolation practices necessary to keep them safe can cause a host of new health issues. Although skilled nursing facilities (SNF) are under strict requirements and must be vigilant about isolation and infection control practices to keep COVID-19 at bay, SNFs also need to ensure that depression, anxiety, and confusion don’t take over their facility.

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