Is your facility committing these 7 readmission risks?

As of October 1, 2018, the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP) rewards SNFs with incentive payments for reducing hospital readmissions. To receive incentive payments for this quality measure, make sure these seven readmission risks don’t exist in your facility:
1. Inadequate staff. Staff are ill-prepared and not equipped to deal with the acuity of patient referrals (principally comorbidities).
2. Insufficient advance care planning. SNF does not conduct adequate communication between the patient and family …

Seven children die after virus in skilled nursing and rehab facility

Seven children have died from adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, New Jersey.
According to CNN, the health department was notified of the illness at the facility on October 9, and letters were sent to parents October 19. The children affected were medically fragile and have severely compromised immune system. There are more patients who are currently sick with the virus.
CMS had given the facility two starts on its health inspection …

CMS releases 2019 Medicare Parts A&B premiums and deductibles

From The Bottom Line.
On October 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs.
Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles
Medicare Part B covers physician services, outpatient hospital services, certain home health services, durable medical equipment, and certain other medical and health services not covered by Medicare Part A.
The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $135.50 for …

JAMA addresses issues with elder abuse screening

In editorials in this week’s issue of JAMA, authors discussed the need for more research in developing better screening tools for discovering instances of elder abuse.
The authors were responding to a statement issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that it “found no evidence about whether screening can successfully identify elderly or vulnerable adults who are being abused,” nor did it find evidence that screening can prevent elder abuse.
The editorial argues that …