Posted on October 21, 2020
Despite the fact that swing beds were first authorized in 1980, there have been considerable changes to the program in just the past few years. The Conditions of Participation (CoPs) changed substantially in October 2018, a new reimbursement model for PPS hospitals with a distinct part swing bed unit was released in 2019, followed by more changes just this past February.
Posted on October 13, 2020
Chronic care management is care coordination services done outside of a regular office visit for Medicare patients with more than one chronic condition. These services, which are typically not face-to-face, allow medical practices to bill for at least 20 minutes or more of care coordination services per month. There are two sets of billing codes for CCM
Posted on September 30, 2020
Do you know who’s responsible for determining if a physician is qualified to practice at your hospital? If you’re scrambling trying to think of one person’s name, you’re on the wrong track. The reality is, credentialing and privileging is a mutual process, and it takes a strong partnership of the medical staff, the medical executive committee and the hospital board to get right.
Posted on September 10, 2020
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the healthcare industry toward more innovative ways of providing patient care. Telehealth, for instance, has seen strong adoption rates in recent months, thanks in part to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ investment in telehealth services as part of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations (CARES) Act.
Posted on August 31, 2020
A “right fit” interim often is offered the permanent position—but rarely do they take it. Mike Lieb, vice president, interim services, for HealthTechS3, estimates fewer than 5% of interim leaders choose to stay in their roles: “Most of these leaders enjoy the flexibility of interim work.”
Posted on August 27, 2020
When the Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to elective surgeries everywhere, Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis, Wyoming, saw a 60% reduction in revenue in the first two months alone.
Posted on August 19, 2020
No hospital is immune to the strains caused by the global pandemic, but nowhere has the impact been felt more deeply than in rural communities. A lack of resources and already slim operating margins have been compounded by the cancelation of elective procedures, which traditionally were seen as a lifeline for rural and community access hospitals.
Posted on August 13, 2020
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Chronic Care Management (CCM) program in 2015, it was targeted to primary care practices, but the final rule didn’t exclude specialty practices from participating.
Posted on July 29, 2020
While it’s no secret that effective communication is essential for healthcare teams to provide high-quality care to patients, it’s also the backbone of an efficient hospital management team.
Posted on July 22, 2020
The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on opioid misuse in America are encouraging. In 2018, the drug overdose death rate was lower in 14 states than in 2017. Four of those states—Kentucky, West Virginia, Maine and Iowa—are predominantly rural, meaning more than 50% of their residents live in rural areas.