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Patient survey star ratings

Patient survey star ratings HHCAHPS (Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems) star ratings help you quickly and easily assess the patient experience of care information provided on Home Health Compare. You can use these ratings to more easily compare home health agencies using a 5-star scale, with more stars indicating better quality [...]

By | 2017-02-28T13:41:08+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Latest News|Comments Off on Patient survey star ratings

SNF Quality Reporting Program (IMPACT Act 2014)

SNF Quality Reporting Program (IMPACT Act 2014) On September 18, 2014, Congress passed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (the IMPACT Act). The Act requires the submission of standardized data by Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Home Health Agencies (HHAs) and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs). The IMPACT Act establishes [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:27+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Latest News|Comments Off on SNF Quality Reporting Program (IMPACT Act 2014)

What is the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)?

What is the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)? The purpose of this page is to provide users with important announcements and updates regarding the LTCH QRP. This page is updated periodically whenever an important update needs to be communicated to LTCH providers regarding the LTCH QRP. Please refer to this page when [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:27+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Latest News|Comments Off on What is the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)?

What’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)?

What’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)? The IRF QRP creates IRF quality reporting requirements, as mandated by Section 3004(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. Every year, by October 1, we publish the quality measures you must report. Section 3004(b) of the ACA amended section 1886(j)(7) of [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:28+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Latest News|Comments Off on What’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)?

Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements

Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements The reporting of quality data by home health agencies (HHAs) is mandated by Section 1895(b)(3)(B)(v)(II) of the Social Security Act (“the Act”). This statute requires that ‘‘each home health agency shall submit to the Secretary such data that the Secretary determines are appropriate for the measurement of health care quality. [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:28+00:00 January 30th, 2017|Latest News|Comments Off on Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements

What Part B covers?

What's covered? Medicare covers services (like lab tests, surgeries, and doctor visits) and supplies (like wheelchairs and walkers) considered medically necessary to treat a disease or condition. If you're in a Medicare Advantage Plan or other Medicare plan, you may have different rules, but your plan must give you at least the same coverage as [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:28+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on What Part B covers?

How Medicare works with other insurance

How Medicare works with other insurance (credit Medicare.gov) If you have Medicare and other health insurance or coverage, each type of coverage is called a "payer." When there's more than one payer, "coordination of benefits" rules decide which one pays first. The "primary payer" pays what it owes on your bills first, and then sends [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:28+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on How Medicare works with other insurance

CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings

CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings New quality measures are now included in the overall calculation for Nursing Home star ratings: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the popular Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Ratings to incorporate new measures, giving families more information at their fingertips to help them make [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:29+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings

Medicare & Your Hospital Benefits

Medicare & Your Hospital Benefits (credit Medicare.gov) What’s covered? If you’re admitted to a hospital as an inpatient, Part A helps cover your hospital services. This generally includes a semi-private room, meals, general nursing care, drugs as part of your inpatient treatment, and other hospital services and supplies. Your Part A coverage doesn’t include doctors’ [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:29+00:00 December 19th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Medicare & Your Hospital Benefits

Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient?

Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient? This booklet has important information about the following: If You Have Medicare – Ask! Did you know that even if you stay in the hospital overnight, you might still be considered an “outpatient”? Your hospital status (whether the hospital considers you an “inpatient” or “outpatient”) affects how much you pay [...]

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When does Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility care begin?

When does Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility care begin? This is the official U.S. government booklet about Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care benefits for people with Original Medicare. This booklet has important information about the following: How would my hospital status affect the way Medicare covers my care in a skilled nursing facility (SNF)? Medicare will [...]

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Heroin Use Increases As Prescription Painkiller ODs Fall

Heroin Use Increases As Prescription Painkiller ODs Fall Between August 2010 and December 2012, two changes — introduction of an abuse-deterrent OxyContin and removal of propoxyphene (Darvon) from the marketplace — led to a 20 percent drop in the number of overdoses from prescription painkillers, say collaborating researchers at Boston Medical Center and Harvard Medical [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:30+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Heroin Use Increases As Prescription Painkiller ODs Fall

Sonic wave therapy

Many of us face pain on a daily basis for a number of reasons. For some the pain stems from an illness, advanced age, injury or an accident. Whatever the cause we seek anything that can help alleviate the pain from over the counter medications to acupuncture, massage, injections and surgery. Sound familiar? But when [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:30+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Sonic wave therapy

What is TOMO ?

Digital Tomosynthesis is now offered at DOC’s Diagnostic Outpatient Centers DOCs Tomo is offering the first mobile facility nationwide. You are still able to get your mammogram at one of our facilities but we are now offering both mammograms and tomosynthesis in the nations first state of the art mobile facility with Siemens technology. Digital [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:30+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on What is TOMO ?

Counseling Resource Services

Welcome to Counseling Resource Services Sometimes life becomes too challenging or we want to make a change. When people need help they look for a skilled professional who will listen, understand and guide them on their life’s journey. Counseling Resource Services is a private network of clinicians providing mental health counseling and wellness support to [...]

By | 2016-09-27T11:19:51+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on Counseling Resource Services

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project Our Purpose: The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain. It’s time to transform our culture so we shift from [...]

By | 2016-09-27T10:43:35+00:00 March 1st, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on The Conversation Project

What Is Pneumonia?

What Is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lung. It can be caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. Pneumonia causes inflammation in your lung’s air sacs, or alveoli. The alveoli fill with fluid or pus, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms of pneumonia can range from mild to life-threatening. The severity of [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:30+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on What Is Pneumonia?

What Is Congestive Heart Failure?

What Is Congestive Heart Failure? Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic progressive condition that affects the pumping power of your heart muscles. While often referred to simply as “heart failure”, CHF specifically refers to the stage in which fluid builds up around the heart causing it to pump inefficiently. You have four heart chambers. [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:30+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on What Is Congestive Heart Failure?

What Your Doctor’s Body Language Is Really Telling You?

What Your Doctor's Body Language Is Really Telling You? (Credit MSN.com) Past research has shown when it comes to certain diseases and medications, not all racial and ethnic groups respond the same. Is it possible, then, that race and ethnicity determine how likely patients are to elect aggressive end-of-life treatments? The short answer is yes, [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:31+00:00 January 21st, 2016|Latest News|Comments Off on What Your Doctor’s Body Language Is Really Telling You?

Legislative Alert ALF Bill Passes Florida Legislature

Legislative Alert, ALF Bill Passes Florida Legislature ALF Legislation Passes the Florida Legislature After four years of advocating on behalf of FALA and its members for policy changes in ALF regulations that focus on resident care, we are excited to advise you that CS/CS/HB 1001 by Rep. Larry Ahern passed the Florida Legislature this afternoon. [...]

By | 2017-02-17T09:59:31+00:00 December 28th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on Legislative Alert ALF Bill Passes Florida Legislature

8 Facts About Anesthesia Everyone Should Know

8 Facts About Anesthesia Everyone Should Know (credit MSN) Learn the surprising facts about the medical mystery of anesthesia, from waking up during surgery to suffering amnesia post-surgery. If you’ve had surgery, your anesthesiologist has probably told you to count backward from 100 in order to be “put to sleep.” Anesthesia is administered in hospitals, [...]

By | 2015-10-14T07:01:53+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on 8 Facts About Anesthesia Everyone Should Know

What is ThePatientChoice.com?

ThePatientChoice.com provides information directly to the patient, which allows the patient to make an informed decision for their healthcare needs upon leaving the hospital or healthcare setting. We provide the hospital with iPads, which the patient and/or family can access ThePatientChoice.com at beside. While on ThePatientChoice.com, the home page lists patient-centered education. Each article will [...]

By | 2015-10-05T08:10:29+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on What is ThePatientChoice.com?

Medicare and Home Health Care

Medicare and Home Health Care This is the official U.S. government booklet about Medicare home health care benefits for people with Original Medicare. This booklet has important information about the following: [lists style="liked"] Who is eligible What services are covered How to find and compare home health agencies Your Medicare rights [/lists] Many health care treatments that were once offered [...]

By | 2015-10-05T08:08:18+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on Medicare and Home Health Care

Study points to association between carbonated drinks and heart attacks

Study points to association between carbonated drinks and heart attacks (credit MSN) Limiting consumption of carbonated beverages could be beneficial for health according to a study involving 800,000 patients that associated the bubbly drinks with out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of cardiac origin. It's not the first study to find fault with soft drinks, as epidemiological research [...]

By | 2015-09-01T19:54:35+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on Study points to association between carbonated drinks and heart attacks

Most Americans’ hearts are older than their actual years

Most Americans' hearts are older than their actual years (credit MSN) Three out of four Americans' hearts are older than their chronological age, raising the risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death, officials said Tuesday. An online tool at www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/heartage.htm can help people determine how old their heart is, based on factors like weight, [...]

By | 2015-09-01T18:47:33+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on Most Americans’ hearts are older than their actual years

Global Life Expectancy Rises, But People Live Sicker For Longer

Global Life Expectancy Rises, But People Live Sicker For Longer (credit MSN) LONDON (Reuters) - People around the world are living longer, but many are also living sicker lives for longer, according to a study of all major diseases and injuries in 188 countries. General health has improved worldwide, thanks to significant progress against infectious [...]

By | 2015-08-28T08:19:52+00:00 August 28th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on Global Life Expectancy Rises, But People Live Sicker For Longer

New Molecular Therapy Has Potential To Treat Dementia And ALS

New Molecular Therapy Has Potential To Treat Dementia And ALS (credit MSN) Researchers developed a therapy to clear a “traffic jam” in brain cell nuclei, caused by a genetic mutation that is linked to ALS and dementia. A new study out of Johns Hopkins University has pinpointed a specific mutation that is involved in the [...]

By | 2015-08-27T08:34:37+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on New Molecular Therapy Has Potential To Treat Dementia And ALS

It’s Not Me, It’s You: When It’s Time to Break Up With Your Doctor

It’s Not Me, It’s You: When It’s Time to Break Up With Your Doctor (credit MSN) In medicine, as in love, the longer and deeper a relationship, the more difficult it is to sever ties. With today's physician shortages and narrowed health insurance networks, breaking up with your physician is certainly hard to do, as [...]

By | 2015-08-24T08:48:22+00:00 August 24th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on It’s Not Me, It’s You: When It’s Time to Break Up With Your Doctor

11 Surprising Remedies For Your Arthritis Pain

11 Surprising Remedies For Your Arthritis Pain (credit MSN) When a twinge or creak around your joints brings your hinges to a stiffening stop, it may be time to take action before your cartilage rusts out completely. But before you reach for a bottle of gel caps, consider this: Many over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), [...]

By | 2015-08-17T08:29:13+00:00 August 17th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on 11 Surprising Remedies For Your Arthritis Pain

12 ways to trick yourself healthy

12 ways to trick yourself healthy (credit MSN) SMALL CHANGES, BIG RESULTS Finding the self-discipline to live a healthy lifestyle isn't always easy. But what if healthy changes required little to no effort on your part? Changing the color of your water bottle, displaying a colorful bowl of fruit within arm's reach and chatting with [...]

By | 2015-08-17T07:35:54+00:00 August 17th, 2015|Latest News|Comments Off on 12 ways to trick yourself healthy
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