Review your performance data before July 1!

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CMS has updated SNF Provider Preview Reports and they are available for review. Providers have until Sunday, July 1 to review data prior to public reporting on Nursing Home Compare. Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time. However, providers can request a CMS review during the preview period if they believe their data scores displayed are inaccurate.
The SNF Provider Preview Report includes performance data on …

Senior living tip: Encouraging staff to help dementia residents help themselves

Direct care team (DCT) staff are not typically looking to run a program. Rather, the people who interview for these roles tend to desire from their core to take care of people—a driving quality that is wonderful to harness in dementia care. But this predisposition to caring isn’t enough to fuel the success of an assisted living facility for persons with dementia (ALFPD), nor is experience doing so in other environments or programs sufficient. The …

Longer home health visits may reduce rehospitalization risk, study shows

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Agencies should consider scheduling visits earlier in the day for patients at higher risk for rehospitalization, a new study recommends.
This is because visits that are longer than usual by just one minute reduce the risk of hospital readmission by 8%, and the duration of home health visits tends to be impacted by order, the study from the National Bureau of Economic Research shows.
The study involved data collected between …

Survey: Some physicians spend less than a minute reviewing home health plans of care

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by Kirsten Dize
Physicians spend very little time reviewing skilled home health plans of care, according to the results of a survey published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
In fact, 47% of the 1,005 responding physicians said they spent less than a minute reviewing the CMS Form 485 prior to certification, the survey results state.
About 80% of physicians “rarely or never changed an order on the CMS-485, and 78.3% rarely …