HTS Blog

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Stories from the Field

Featuring HTS Healthcare Hero, Kristen Stedman Meet Kristen Stedman, a 9-year HTS veteran and a PTA at Ketcham Memorial Center. Kristen’s healthcare hero status was further solidified by Ketcham’s Administrator, Kathy Wittmer who stated,…
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Common Citations During Infection Focused Surveys

Blog by:  Shelly Maffia, MSN, MBA, RN, LNHA, QCP, CHC, Director of Regulatory Services, Proactive Medical Review Now that routine surveys are beginning to take place in most states, it is important that vigilant infection prevention and…
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Avoid the Survey Tag (F-866) with Five Simple Steps

By: Sheena Mattingly, Director of Clinical Outcomes On August 26, 2020 CMS released a memo detailing COVID-19 testing requirements. In order for nursing homes to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, staff and residents need to adhere to…

Knee Pain

The knee joint is the largest and most complex joint in the body.  Enduring a significant amount of stress, the knee acts as a support system for our body when sitting, walking, running, and climbing.  The number of moving parts in the knee…
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Enforcement Cases Held during the Prioritization Period and Revised Survey Prioritization

Blog by:  Shelly Maffia, MSN, MBA, RN, LNHA, QCP, CHC, Director of Regulatory Services, Proactive Medical Review On 08/17/2020 CMS announced that they are revising guidance on the expansion of survey activities to authorize onsite revisits…
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Stories from the Field

Hoping & Coping:  Smiling Faces This story from the field focuses on the new “HTS Hoping & Coping Series”. This series emphasizes all the wonderful HTS therapists and the extraordinary lengths taken to assure quality services…

Stories from the Field

Featuring Marita Huey, PTA At age 43, Marita Huey decided to go back to school to pursue a career in which she could serve people within the healthcare space. This journey led her to becoming a PTA. Marita has now been with HTS for seven…
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The Proof is in the GG

By: Sheena Mattingly, Director of Clinical Outcomes In case you are in need of a recap, let’s start from the beginning. PDPM came into our lives on October 1, 2019. IDT processes and collaborative effort toward patient-centered care became…

Keep Moving for Better Health

As we get older, society tells us to take it easy and rest. However, research shows that this whole “sitting around all day” can actually do us more harm than good. According to the CDC, statistics show that 75% of older adults are sedentary. Having…
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Q4FY19 PEPPER Now Available for Download

SNF PEPPER summarizes data statistics which are obtained from paid SNF Medicare UB-04 Claims for SNF episodes of care that end in the most recent three federal fiscal years (the federal fiscal year spans October 1-September 30). The current…
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New July 2020 Nursing Home Compare is Now Available

The July 2020 Nursing Home Compare refresh, including quality measure results based on SNF QRP data submitted to CMS, is now available. The following SNF QRP measures will displayed on NH Compare during the July 2020 refresh. Application…
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New SNF QRP COVID-19 Tip Sheet Now Available!

On July 24, 2020 CMS released a SNF QRP COVID-19 Tip Sheet. Here’s what you need to know: Starting on July 1, 2020, SNFs are expected to resume timely quality data collection and submission of measure and patient assessment data for the…