COVID-19 accelerates the adoption of telemedicine in aging services

Property Casualty (09/22/2020) – Telemedicine has become a valuable medical technology and resource during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Medical professionals and patients recognize that telemedicine is no longer solely about convenience; however, it offers a safe alternative to the traditional methods of delivering an array of medical services. Full story »

Almost a year after PDPM’s implementation, providers still miss key payment drivers

Skilled Nursing News (09/22/2020) – In the months leading up to the implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model, the overhaul of Medicare reimbursement for skilled nursing facilities that was implemented last year, several factors emerged as crucial areas for thriving under the new system. Full story »

25% of Nursing Homes Report at Least One Point-of-Care False COVID Positive as CMS Probes Reasons Why

Skilled Nursing News (09/21/2020) – About a quarter of nursing homes have seen at least one false positive COVID-19 result during an ongoing federal push to provide point-of-care antigen testing at most facilities across the country, according to an industry-led survey. Full story »

HHS releases final details of $2 Billion in value-based COVID payments for nursing homes

Skilled Nursing News (09/18/2020) – The federal government this week released its exact framework for distributing $2 billion in relief funding to nursing facilities that can reduce COVID-19 infections and deaths. Full story »

CMS Updates Nursing Home Visitation Guidance with Eye Toward Indoor Reunions

Skilled Nursing News (09/17/2020) – The federal government on Thursday issued a new set of nursing home visitation guidelines, laying out a roadmap for resuming indoor visits based on community COVID-19 spread and emphasizing the importance of meeting residents’ psychosocial needs. Full story »

CMS floats new infection control quality measure for nursing homes

Skilled Nursing News (09/15/2020) – The federal government this week opened a public comment period on a proposed new quality metric that would measure each nursing home’s ability to curb the spread of infections. Full story »

Rate of Skilled Nursing occupancy decline slows, but still falls to another record low

Skilled Nursing News (09/14/2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic continued to batter skilled nursing occupancy well into the month of June, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care’s (NIC) Skilled Nursing Monthly Report, with census sinking to a new low even as the pace of decline slowed. Full story »

Home Health’s LHC predicts caps on nursing home capacity — but doesn’t want to ‘eviscerate’ SNFs

Skilled Nursing News (09/13/2020) – Major home health care provider LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) is already preparing for a future in which in-home services don’t necessarily replace skilled nursing facilities entirely, but pick up growing levels of slack after reform efforts result in stricter caps on capacity. Full story »

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