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June 1, 2018

Medicare’s New Value-Driven Purchasing from LTPAC

SNF Value-driven purchasing (VBP) is a new Medicare payment program supported by the CMS and is aimed at shifting reimbursement “from volume to value.” This new framework is intended to prioritize the holistic needs of the patient, rather than simply focusing on the volume of services that a patient receives. Value-based payments seek to disincentivize […]

May 16, 2018

Interoperability between LTPAC facilities and hospitals – Why and How?

As the pressure on Long-Term Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) facilities to become ever more competitive grows, the need of Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) to maintain a leading edge grows as well. As healthcare providers rely more and more on electronically stored data and patient information to make medical decisions and run […]

April 4, 2018

Natural Disasters and LTPAC Facilities: Preparing for an Earthquake (Part 2 of 4)

In the previous blog, we discussed the steps that an LTPAC facility can take to be prepared for a hurricane. Whereas there is advanced notice for a hurricane, earthquakes can strike anytime with absolutely zero warning. Therefore, it is important to prepare for an earthquake very differently than one would prepare for a hurricane or […]

January 31, 2018

Natural Disasters and LTPAC Facilities: Preparing for a Hurricane (Part 1 of 4)

2017 was a year filled with natural disasters. While many people lost homes, businesses, and even their lives, policies and procedures for evacuation and emergency management preparedness saved numerous lives and mitigated the potential for even more significant damage. However, nursing homes and other LTPAC facilities were woefully underprepared, as evidenced in several anecdotes of […]

October 15, 2017

ACA Repeal Attempts and LTPAC Technology Standards

  In our previous blog, we discussed the main aspects of LTPAC operations that were not likely to change in the event of a new or modified Republican healthcare plan: namely quality of care and privacy laws at a state and federal level. Another aspect that is not likely to change is that of the […]

September 14, 2017

ACA Repeal Attempts and LTPAC Regulations: What Won’t Change

Despite a major blow to their repeal attempt in the U.S. Senate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – Republican lawmakers have vowed to keep pushing towards healthcare reform. While their general goals entail making changes to Medicaid and Medicare funding and allotment, states’ rights and flexibility, and insurance regulation, […]

July 31, 2017

ACA Repeal Attempts and LTPAC, Round 2: The Fight for Medicaid

  As the healthcare debate heats up and despite recent losses, the Republicans prepare to regroup and present another set of plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare.  One of the biggest challenges will be numerous citizens fighting for precious Medicaid dollars.  Whereas the ACA pretty much […]

June 21, 2017

ACA vs. ACHA vs. LTPAC Round 1: Payments and Reimbursements

  Note: this is the first part of an ongoing series looking at potential effects that the transition from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – to the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) – also known as Trumpcare –  will have on the elderly as well as LTPAC facilities. […]

May 31, 2017

How the Republican Healthcare Plan Could Affect the LTPAC Industry – Part 2

  As we mentioned in our last piece, the gradual repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – has significant potential to affect how seniors plan for and manage their healthcare.  The long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) sector has the possibility of being affected by changes now, and more importantly, […]

May 8, 2017

How the Republican Healthcare Plan Could Change Care for Seniors – Part 1

  With a new Republican-majority house, senate, and executive branch, it is clear that there will be many changes to current healthcare laws, practices, and regulations as they currently exist. While the Republican congress’s secondary effort to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – has passed the house, there still remain many […]