Health officials suggest Ebola cannot be spread through casual contact. Rather, a person becomes infected through contact with the blood and other bodily fluids of others already infected. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) also communicates, "Individuals who are infected are not contagious until symptoms are noted." Find out what you can do to protect yourself, your workers and your patients.
As the health care field gets even more serious about delivering patient-centered, value-based care, nurses and other staff members are facing new responsibilities and learning requirements. These developments make it an ideal time to review competency programs and competency assessment goals, and create strategies targeted toward building and maintaining an advanced workforce.
Challenges in promoting professional development, such as time and financial resources for training, can act as barriers to workforce development. Therefore, it is important that we measure benefits and outcomes of our investment in achieving our organizations' strategic goals.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently finalized their physician fee schedule final rule for 2015. The rule includes updates to overall payment of physician services, including therapy services. LeadingAge’s Part B Therapy Rate Calculation Tool has been revised to reflect changes made in the final rule. This tool automatically calculates your facilities Medicare Reimbursement for CY 2015 rates, effective January 1, 2015.
LeadingAge has partnered with the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) and Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) to launch LeverAge, a program to address the financing needs of LeadingAge members serving low-income older people. LeverAge can be used to reposition, to expand, or to add to aging services, housing, and long-term care programs serving at least 40% of the participants at 80% or less of area median income.