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Mixed messages in "observation status" continues to hurt Medicare beneficiaries

August 21, 2014

The use of “Observation Status” – treating certain hospitalized Medicare patients as outpatients when their care is indistinguishable from that of formally admitted inpatients – continues to garner considerable public and Congressional attention. It remains an unresolved problem that has serious financial consequences for Medicare patients and their families reports the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

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New products from HCPro

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement: A Nursing Home’s Guide to Implementation and Management will introduce the basics of QAPI, including how it came to fruition and what regulations exist in regard to nursing homes starting their own QAPI program. In addition, this manual will highlight the new skills nursing homes will need to focus on to implement QAPI, including data analysis and root cause analysis. You’ll get the tools you need to create a QAPI implementation and staff training plan.

Stay compliant year round and prepare for your facility’s annual survey in a timely, in-depth manner, without the hassle of sifting through CMS' massive online documents and wasting time waiting for files to download. Put the important information at your fingertips and gain convenient, direct access to all of CMS’ regulatory guidance with The Long-Term Care State Operations Manual.

Reduce Lawsuit Risk: A QAPI Approach for Long-Term Care will take a deep dive into implementing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) processes to help reduce situations like these and lower your chances of litigation.

Upcoming Webcasts

SNF Consolidated Billing: Who Really Has to Pay All These Invoices?

September 17, 2014
1-2:30pm ET


Knowing whether a service invoice for a Part A resident needs to be paid under consolidated billing is often a difficult task. In this 90-minute webcast, expert Janet Potter, CPA, MAS, discusses the five major categories of skilled nursing facility consolidated billing and the inclusions and exclusions that apply to each. Through each of these details, Potter outlines what steps to take when a vendor invoice is received and how to investigate whether it should be paid.

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