Skilled nursing tops best place to work for aging services

Ranked at the top of the 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services by Fortune magazine are two skilled nursing facilities, Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center based in Commack, NY, and Van Dyk Healthcare, based in New Jersey.
Fortune analyzed more than 162,000 employees in creating its first Aging Services recognition list. Organizations had to qualify, pay a fee, and submit employees to questioning about culture.
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CMS posts latest release of Public Use File

by Home Health Line.
CMS has posted the latest Home Health Agency Public Use File (PUF), with data from 2016.
The PUF contains information on home health utilization, payment, submitted charges and demographic and chronic condition indicators organized by CMS Certification Number, Home Health Resource Group and state of service.
Data cover 2013-16 and contain 100% final-action institutional claims for the Medicare fee-for-service population, according to CMS’ August 2018 methodological overview.
The PUF has information for 10,139 home health …

FDA warns about feeding tube misconnections

In a letter to manufacturers, healthcare professionals and purchasers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned of possible misconnections with enteral devices. The letter states that since 2011, 2 deaths, 24 serious injuries, and 32 device malfunctions related to these misconnections have occurred.
If proper procedure is not followed, these tubes can mistakenly be connected to the wrong medical device and prove fatal. The FDA recommends that healthcare professionals:

Use enteral devices that meet the ISO …

Reconsideration requests under quality reporting program now electronic-only

by Home Health Line.
Agencies looking to have a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) reconsider the decision to reduce the agency’s annual payment update over noncompliance with the home health quality reporting program (HHQRP) now have only one option: to submit the request letter electronically.
Agencies that do not submit the required quality data for the HHQRP will have their annual payment update decreased by two percentage points, according to CMS.
Previously, agencies could submit reconsideration requests by …