Posted on May 03, 2021
For some critical access hospitals (CAHs), the start date for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Quality Assurance Process Improvement (QAPI) regulatory requirements came and went without much fanfare. Quality assurance already is addressed in current CAH Conditions of Participation, and QAPI, to a large extent, is simply an expansion of existing CAH requirements. But, as they say, the devil is in the details.
Posted on April 15, 2021
For most rural and critical access hospitals (CAHs), swing bed programs remain an underutilized opportunity. When empty acute-care beds can be used for post-acute care services, hospitals can drive revenue while providing a vital service for their community.
Posted on April 07, 2021
Using acronyms is supposed to make communication easier and faster. But what happens when there’s a long acronym that gets shortened to a shorter acronym, but that shorter acronym already means something else? Confusion, that’s what happens.
Posted on April 01, 2021
How do you increase diversity in healthcare leadership? Is it as simple as having qualified, diverse talent in your candidate pool? That’s a start, but those qualified candidates won’t get hired and won’t be able to succeed in your organization if you think that’s all it takes, says Kevin Hardy, director of executive and interim recruitment for HealthTechS3.
Posted on March 09, 2021
Hospital closures and razor thin margins were a problem before the pandemic. Rallying cries for diversity and inclusion didn’t start in 2020. But the past 12 months has applied unprecedented pressure on hospitals to address both of these challenges in equal measure. From a financial standpoint, hospitals are being forced to decide what senior leadership positions must be cut and what job openings go unfilled.
Posted on March 03, 2021
Medicare beneficiaries aren’t immune to mental illness. The CDC estimates 1 out of 5 adults over the age of 65 have depression. A study of CMS data from 2019 found that 23% of Medicare beneficiaries have a serious mental illness, such as bipolar disease, schizophrenia, or major depressive disorder, while another 8% had a common mental health disorder, defined as anxiety disorders, personality disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Posted on February 24, 2021
In theory, preparing for a hospital survey shouldn’t be difficult. If hospitals implement the right protocols and are careful about following procedures, they’ll pass with flying colors, right? If only it were that easy. The reality is much more complex. Hospitals are housed in facilities that are sometimes outdated and sometimes break. Hospitals also are run by humans, and under stress, sometimes these humans forget to follow procedures.
Posted on February 16, 2021
Resilience has become a buzzword among healthcare leaders over recent years, and it’s easy to see why. With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, showing resilience in the face of upheaval has taken on new significance.
Posted on February 09, 2021
Andre Storey doesn’t believe in dream jobs. Instead, he believes in being exceptional in the job he’s in. And it’s that mentality, he says, that has been central to his success as a young healthcare executive. “I live by the expression, ‘Bloom where you’re planted.’ In my experience, there’s always opportunity right where you are.”
Posted on February 04, 2021
In 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services established a new benefit for Medicare beneficiaries—the Annual Wellness Visit. But despite its decade of existence, this valuable healthcare tool remains underappreciated and underutilized