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COVID-19 FAQs MLN Matters SE20011 Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS)

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Fri, Jul 10, 2020

C.A.R.E.S.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency • Survey


Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plan’s coverage of COVID-19 diagnostic testing for nursing home residents and patients started July 6, 2020 and continues until the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE).

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Topics: Regulatory

Top 25 Regulatory Updates for the Nursing Home Industry

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Thu, Jul 02, 2020

C.A.R.E.S.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency • Survey


Skilled Nursing Facilities are accustomed to the inordinate amount of regulatory oversight and changes that occur in the industry on a regular basis.  

HHI, Harmony Healthcare International (HHI), helps Nursing Homes understand and implement the rules of engagement via monthly site visits, medical record reviews, education and analysis.   This blog highlights most of the recent and upcoming changes that Nursing Homes need to assimilate and implement.

HHI, Harmony Healthcare International (HHI), reinforces the importance of ensuring that the Skilled Nursing Facility is diligent in safeguarding that below directives are not only executed, but that there is documentation present to support compliance within each of these areas (i.e., blanket waivers, flexibilities, regulations and guidance related to this pandemic).

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Topics: Regulatory

COVID-19 Seniors at Risk: Top 8 Things to Prevent Death

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Fri, Apr 10, 2020

C.A.R.E.S.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency Survey


The CDC, CMS, AHCA and all State Associations are working around the clock to assist Skilled Nursing Facilities with navigating through this unprecedented time.  The resources are available, but it may difficult for operations to problem solve and prioritize due to the overwhelming risk and mortality of the senior population from COVID-19.

Coronavirus is a member of larger “family of viruses” called Coronaviruses (which includes the common cold). The name is derived from the shape of the virus at the molecular level, it looks like a “crown” with projections.  Those spikes on the virus allow it to stick to human cells and proceed to take over the normal cellular structure and then replicate itself.  This family of viruses has been around over 50 years.  COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is the 7th coronavirus known to effect humans.

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Topics: Regulatory, coronavirus, COVID-19

COVID-19 Strategies to Alleviate the Mental and Psychosocial Impact

Posted by The Harmony Team on Tue, Apr 07, 2020

C.A.R.E.S.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory/Rehab • Education/Efficiency Survey


Landmark legislation for long term care, OBRA ’87, mandates that certified nursing facilities are to provide services so that each resident can “attain and maintain their highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being.”  Recent requirements in Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation (RoP) for trauma informed care have spurred a focus on behavioral health and psychological well-being.  It has been questioned whether the attention to behavioral health issues has kept pace with the attention to the quality of medical care that we’ve seen increase in SNFs.

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Topics: Regulatory, coronavirus, COVID-19

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