Entries by ABILITY

Your skilled nursing facility’s COVID-19 communication plan

The news surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak changes rapidly as new cases are detecting, new communities are affected, governments enact preventative measures and the medical community looks for treatments. Within your skilled nursing facility, timely communication with staff and residents, and residents’ families, is critical in helping to stop the spread of the disease and maintain […]

CMS issues new COVID-19 reporting requirements for SNFs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has declared skilled nursing facilities “ground zero” in the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. In an attempt to monitor and control the spread of the virus within SNFs, CMS this week released new reporting requirements for COVID-19 infections. The new infection reporting protocol are based, in part, on recommendations […]

What your skilled nursing facility should be doing to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19 presents a scary proposition for skilled nursing facilities. It spreads rapidly and has a high mortality rate among the elderly, those with weakened immune systems and people with pre-existing health conditions. For those reasons, most skilled nursing facilities have enacted dramatic measures to distance residents and prevent the disease from being introduced to the […]

Tracking COVID-19 symptoms in your skilled nursing facility

The sooner you identify a case of COVID-19 in your skilled nursing facility, the sooner you can act to stop the spread of the disease among staff and residents. Tracking the right data in your skilled nursing facility can help you identify the signs of a COVID-19 infection early. It also can help you take […]

Maximize revenue and monitor CCM program performance

Quality data drives wise decisions. That’s never been more true than in today’s healthcare environment. Think about your practice for a moment. How would you benefit from reports, enrollment status information and other key performance indicators vital to your practice? You’d be able to make crucial decisions needed to boost revenue and maximize returns. In […]

HICNs to MBIs for Medicare Eligibility: How to Handle the Switch

By now, you are probably aware that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is no longer accepting SSN-based Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) for most transactions. The HICNs have been replaced with randomly-generated Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers (MBIs), intended to improve the security of patients’ personal information and help prevent fraud. Starting January 1, […]

Prevent uncompensated claims in your Chronic Care Management (CCM) program

You go above and beyond every day to provide the best possible care for your patients. Unfortunately, many of the services you provide outside of face-to-face visits require extra time and resources and don’t come with additional compensation. All we can say is … ouch. But what if you could get paid for that time […]

How to streamline clinical workflow and reduce staff stress

Did you know that over 40 million Medicare beneficiaries have multiple chronic conditions? Did you also know that people with chronic conditions account for over 75% of hospital stays, office visits, home health care, and prescription drugs? There’s a high probability many of your patients qualify for Medicare’s Chronic Care Management (CCM) program. That said, […]

Increase awareness: Introduce your patients to CCM

They say ignorance is bliss. While that may be true for some things in life, it certainly doesn’t apply to healthcare. And for patients with chronic conditions, being informed about care options is critical. Fortunately, Medicare’s Chronic Care Management (CCM) program helps patients get the coordinated care they need. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you […]

Avoid missed care coordination and income opportunities

So, you’re thinking about starting a chronic care management (CCM) program, but not sure where to begin? If your objective is to avoid missed care opportunities AND increase your revenue… You’ve come to the right place! First things first. How do you go about identifying CCM-eligible patients? CMS requires participants who are under your care […]