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Therapy is Essential
Pandemic Reality: Therapy is essential to improve function to a level that patients can then safely transition to home or lesser level of care as quickly as possible and minimize exposure in the SNFs and continue the cycle to free up beds for more admits from hospitals
Pandemic Reality: Our long-term care residents have been impacted by the ripple effect of COVID-19. Whether they have had COVID-19, or have had to be in social isolation for infection control reasons, their typical daily routines have been disrupted by the pandemic
Things to Consider with the Long-Term Care Population
Room isolation – Emotional Impact
Decrease oral intake
Cognitive deterioration considerations to be on the lookout for:
• Changes in safety awareness: increase impulsiveness
• Changes in problem solving
• Changes in memory: both short term and long term
• Changes in ability to make needs known
• Changes in vocal quality
• Changes in task initiation
Functional deterioration consideration to be on the lookout for:
• Change in and/or an increase assistance with transfers: bed, chair, toilet.
• Change in and/or increase assistance required for ambulation in room.
• Change in and/or increased need for assistance with dressing, bathing, toileting hygiene, toileting frequency, clothing management with toileting, room management skills, oral care, hygiene and grooming tasks, and self-feeding.
• Change in and/or increased need for assistance with using call light, phone, TV, and other electronic devices.
Therapy is Essential
✓ Therapy restores function
✓ Therapy ensures safe transitions to home or a lesser level of care
✓ Therapy combats complications due to immobility
✓ Therapy decreases risk of pressure related wounds
✓ Therapy decreases fall risk
✓ Therapy decreases risk of respiratory compromise
✓ Therapy decreases risk of DVT/PE
✓ Therapy decreases pain
✓ Therapy decreases risk of contracture
✓ Therapy clinical programs focus interventions on resident-specific needs
✓ Therapy boosts resident self-esteem and confidence, resulting in an improved quality of life
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URGENT ACTION NEEDED TODAY - SEPTEMBER 13TH DEADLINE
Submit Comments to CMS Opposing the Significant Cuts to the CY 2022 PFS
LINK TO TEMPLATE: https://app.govpredict.com/gr/t08idbqw
On August 28th, President Biden announced that all nursing home staff must become vaccinated against COVID-19 at facilities receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funding.
With staffing shortages in long-term care, singling out our industry can potentially make staffing woes worse. We agree with Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), when he stated, “Vaccination mandates for health care personnel should be applied to all health care settings. Without this, nursing homes face a disastrous workforce challenge.”
This new mandate may take effect as early as September.
OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard
Encore is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all its employees. We developed a COVID-19 Plan, which includes policies and procedures to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19, in accordance with OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”). Encore has multiple workplaces that are substantially similar, and therefore has developed a single COVID-19 Plan, with site-specific considerations. Individual Hazard Assessments have also been completed for each of Encore’s worksites.
If you have questions or concerns regarding your specific plan, please reach out to your Regional Vice President.
KEYS TO CODING
In response to stakeholder feedback and to improve consistency between the ICD-10 code mappings and current ICD-10 guidelines, CMS made several changes to the PDPM ICD-10 code mappings: