Overcome common hurdles and improve interdepartmental collaboration

If Collaboration isn’t on the tip of your staff’s tongue, it should be. On Wednesday, April 11, 12-3pm, ET, industry experts and seasoned long-term care providers Liz Barlow, BSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT and Renee Kinder, MS, CCC-SLP, RAC-C invite your nursing and therapy staff to participate in a virtual, interactive training workshop that will review how to overcome common hurdles that can make interdepartmental collaboration challenging.
With the upcoming proposed reform to the prospective payment …

CVS now offers new FDA-approved Shingles vaccine

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved Shingrix, a Shingles vaccine found to be more effective than Zostavax. All of CVS’ pharmacy locations now carry the vaccine, with the exception of those located in Florida, due to state regulations.
Shingrix is covered by many insurers and it is the recommended vaccine for adults over 50, who should get two doses, two to six months apart. Adults who have already received Zostavax should wait at least …

CMS starts rule-making process for OASIS-D item set revision

Source: Home Health Line
CMS filed a notice and request for comment on proposed revisions to the OASIS item set. The notice was posted on the Federal Register website March 9 and was scheduled for publication March 12.
CMS is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget for the January 1, 2019 implementation of OASIS-D. Public comment will be open for 60 days.
CMS has also posted a 2019 OASIS change table online. In the crosswalk …

CMS announces news related to IGs, IMPACT Act

Source: Home Health Line
Final interpretive guidelines for the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) are expected to be released in about six to eight weeks, a CMS official told attendees of ElevatingHOME’s National Leadership Conference on March 9 in Washington D.C.
The official told attendees about two changes to the guidelines involving language related to comprehensive assessments [§484.55(b)(1) and §484.55(d)(1)].
During the same conference session, CMS officials said the federal Medicare agency will meet some but …