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The Impact of COVID-19 on Employee Mental Health

Posted by Allyson Edwards on Apr 30, 2020 10:29:40 AM

COVID-19 has its own set of physical symptoms, but with 1 in 5 Americans suffering from some form of mental illness, this period of uncertainty is not the time to let mental health take a back seat.

A recent study shows that nearly 7 in 10 employees report that the COVID-19 pandemic is the most stressful time of their entire professional career. These high stress levels are reflected in the increase of prescriptions filled in mid-March with 78% of all anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and anti-insomnia prescriptions being filled as new prescriptions.  

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Topics: Leadership, Healthcare, Disaster Plan, HR

A Guru Recap of LeadingAge 2018

Posted by Allyson Edwards on Nov 8, 2018 4:27:04 PM

Over the course of three days at the Annual LeadingAge Meeting & Expo in Philadelphia, our Gurus met with other Gurus, exchanged ideas, learned more about the booming industry, and further confirmed our commitment to helping the Senior Care Industry improve people processes, mitigate compliance risk, and control labor costs. We also had the pleasure of handing out our “Relax, We Goat This” t-shirts, stuffed goats, (sorry, we left the real goats at home) and had the opportunity to visit with some of our awesome clients.

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Topics: Healthcare, Senior Care, Technology, HR

PBJ Goes Public

Posted by Allyson Edwards on Oct 18, 2017 2:18:13 PM

In this recent letter, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will begin posting Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) public use files on November 1, 2017. You will be able to access the files at https://data.cms.gov.[i]

The first posting will include data that was submitted for the reporting period of the first two calendar quarters in 2017. These files are the raw number of hours that providers have submitted and will include:

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Topics: Compliance, Healthcare, Senior Care

Does Your Organization Meet the CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements?

Posted by Allyson Edwards on Sep 29, 2017 10:03:26 AM

Last September, the Federal Register posted the final rule, Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. This rule went into effect on November 15, 2016 and will be implemented on November 15, 2017. [i]

The final rule establishes national emergency preparedness requirements to ensure healthcare providers and suppliers affected by the rule are adequately planning for both natural and man-made disasters and coordinating with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. In addition, the final rule sets guidelines for how providers and suppliers can adequately prepare to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters or emergency situations. [ii]

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Topics: Compliance, Healthcare, Senior Care

Tips for Successful Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Reporting

Posted by Allyson Edwards on Aug 7, 2017 3:22:20 PM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has put in place PBJ as a way to ensure consistency of care and to develop higher standards throughout the industry. The next PBJ Reporting deadline is August 14, 2020.

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Topics: Compliance, Healthcare, Senior Care

Are You Ready for a Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Audit?

Posted by Allyson Edwards on Jul 24, 2017 10:51:45 AM

In this letter, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduces their Payroll-Based Journal staffing audit team.

The letter also states that the team will “examine payroll records and other auditable data along with PBJ submission data to identify if staffing is being reported accurately based on hours staff are paid to work.”

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Topics: Compliance, Healthcare, Senior Care

Understanding the Baby Boomer Generation

Posted by Allyson Edwards on Apr 25, 2017 9:41:14 AM

The Baby Boomers are working and living longer than previous generations. In addition to adopting new technologies to keep up with a diverse workforce, these 75 million Americans are also directly impacting the health care industry, as the demand for services drastically increases.

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Topics: Healthcare

Emotional Intelligence Depends on More than Physician Behavior

Posted by Guest Post on Mar 8, 2017 9:44:11 AM

This blog, Emotional Intelligence Depends on More than Physician Behavior, was originally written by Paul Keckley and Marina Karp on May 17, 2016.

Emotional intelligence is not a new idea. In corporate America, it’s widely recognized as an essential quality for effective leadership. In health care, the application of EQ, as it’s known, has been limited to face-to-face interactions between caregivers and patients, but it’s much more.

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Topics: Healthcare

Top 10 Qualities to Look for When Hiring a Healthcare Professional

Posted by Allyson Edwards on Mar 1, 2017 9:14:47 AM

Your people are your organization’s most valuable asset. Employees tend to be held as the nurturers of the organization and as you can imagine, healthcare is no exception.  Specifically, in the healthcare industry, there are a lot of considerations that you need to take into account before bringing on a new employee. 

Such an important and taxing career can be difficult to manage, so ultimately you want to find the best employee you can. When recruiting for healthcare, a process is absolutely essential for the success of your organization. Here is a list of the top 10 qualities you should look for when hiring a healthcare professional:

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Topics: Healthcare

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