Understanding phase 2 requirements for survey readiness

A thorough review and update of the implementation of Phase 2 requirements, as well as preparation tactics for survey readiness, will help long-term care providers mitigate citation risks. This review will also help providers understand what to expect as surveys transition throughout the year to the new outcome-oriented survey format.
During HCPro’s 60-minute webinar on Wednesday, March 7 from 1:00pm-2:00pm, ET, industry experts Reginald M. Hislop III, PhD, and Diane R. Hislop, RN, will review survey …

New guidelines make significant changes to management of C. Difficile

Clostridium difficile or C. diff is a deadly, treatment-resistant infection and the most important cause of healthcare-associated diarrhea. Adults who are 65 years and older and in a long-term care facilities are especially at risk for the highly contagious infection.
Earlier this year, a panel of experts was convened to update the 2010 clinical practice guidelines on C. diff infection (CDI). The panel published recommendations to improve the management and diagnosis of CDI, including the recommendation …

Nursing home residents at higher risk for difficult to treat infection

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that patients in healthcare facilities in several countries (including the United States) are experiencing a harmful yeast called Candida auris, which causes serious invasive infections.
The yeast, which does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. The CDC says that people who have recently spent time in nursing homes and have lines and tubes that go into their body (such …

CMS proposes nonskilled service coverage as additional benefit to Medicare Advantage

On February 1, 2018, CMS proposed new Medicare Advantage and Part D payment and policy updates to provide new benefits, some nonskilled, for enrollees.
The development, if passed, could change how agencies focus their business.
“I think for private duty, this is a big plus,” says Diane Link, director of clinical services with Conshohocken, Pa.-based BlackTree Healthcare Consulting. “I think it also gives opportunity for private duty agencies to really start considering having skilled care as part …