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QAPI Is Coming to Critical-Access Hospitals—What You Need to Know Now

QAPI Is Coming to Critical-Access Hospitals—What You Need to Know Now

Posted on February 19, 2020

It’s been more than four years in the making, but starting next year—March 30, 2021, to be exact—critical access hospitals will be required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to meet new quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) requirements as a condition of their participation in Medicare.

Adolescents, Patient Portals and Privacy—What You Need to Know

Adolescents, Patient Portals and Privacy—What You Need to Know

Posted on February 12, 2020

The proliferation of patient portals may have stemmed from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Meaningful Use requirements, but their multitude of benefits, from increased patient engagement to optimized office workflows, is the real driving force behind this now-ubiquitous healthcare technology tool.

Back to the Basics: Prioritize Health Promotion for Care Coordination Success

Back to the Basics: Prioritize Health Promotion for Care Coordination Success

Posted on February 04, 2020

Health promotion is something we all learned in nursing school, but in the frenzied reality of today’s healthcare setting, the concept is an easy one to forget. How can you be proactive when you’re constantly being reactive?

New Discharge Planning Rules Put the Focus on Patients

New Discharge Planning Rules Put the Focus on Patients

Posted on January 28, 2020

A new discharge planning rule went into effect Nov. 29, 2019. While new regulations often have providers scrambling to prepare, this one shouldn’t be too heavy of a lift. That’s because a lot of the rule is about mandating what many rural hospitals and CAHs already do as part of their discharge planning process.

The Importance of Health Literacy in Rural and Critical Access Hospitals

The Importance of Health Literacy in Rural and Critical Access Hospitals

Posted on January 22, 2020

How well do your patients understand doctor’s orders, prescription labels and disease pamphlets? While various definitions exist, health literacy is widely considered to be the “degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”

Recent Changes to Swing-Bed Regulations: Here’s What You Need to Know

Recent Changes to Swing-Bed Regulations: Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted on January 16, 2020

Swing beds were first authorized by Congress in 1980. For those keeping count, that was four decades ago! Given the long-standing nature of the program, one might think it would be set in stone by now.

The 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and Care Coordination: What You Need to Know

The 2020 Physician Fee Schedule and Care Coordination: What You Need to Know

Posted on January 09, 2020

Advancing the practice of care coordination is a vital part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)’s 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule.

How Do Emotionally Intelligent CEOs Handle Power?

How Do Emotionally Intelligent CEOs Handle Power?

Posted on December 19, 2019

Some of history’s best leaders were bold, courageous, focused and insightful. But the power that comes along with being in charge can go unchecked if those qualities aren’t balanced by a set of traits now widely known as emotional intelligence.

Mastering the Building Blocks of Team-Based Care

Mastering the Building Blocks of Team-Based Care

Posted on December 11, 2019

As more provider organizations embrace team-based care as a way to achieve their value-based care goals and provide a better patient experience, they’re also discovering that successfully implementing team-based care is easier said than done. Siloed information, conflicting cultures, competing interests, breakdowns in communication—these and other barriers can make it difficult for teams to work together in the interest of patient care.

Critical Strategies for Interim Leaders

Critical Strategies for Interim Leaders

Posted on December 03, 2019

Interim leadership: It’s a big job, but somebody has to do it. And there’s too much at stake in healthcare today for an interim leader to simply keep the seat warm. It’s not uncommon for hospital boards to charge interim leaders with much more than maintaining the status quo while they search for the next permanent leader.