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September 2021 | Issue 8
Solutions Spotlight
Watch On Demand - A Webinar Series On Census and Network Development
HealthPRO Heritage is proud to partner with industry leaders to give detailed approaches to:
  • Census recovery through data analytics and IDT work plans
  • Impactful occupancy using programming and network partnerships
Cross-continuum panel discussion including innovative best practices 
The Power of Partnership – Sodexo Seniors

Today more than ever, senior living communities are helping people live life to its fullest.

And having a trusted partner is a necessity when it comes to meeting the needs of this ever-growing population.

Commitment. Expertise. Experience. These are just a few of the qualities that senior living communities expect in a strong partnership.

Sodexo Seniors provides those qualities while integrating with teams to bring fresh insights and deliver exceptional dining and hospitality services.

Click here to learn how a Sodexo Seniors partnership provides a roadmap for success.
Falls Prevention, Management, and The Impact On Reimbursement

The statistics are sobering: One in three adults over the age of 65 and between 50% to 75% of nursing home residents fall each year and falls are the leading cause of death from injury in those 65 and older. The annual cost of falls is over $50 billion. The “Cost” of falls impacts our patients, customers, and the overall economics of healthcare. Falls can lead to major injuries, which can cause pain, immobility, contractures, incontinence, increased dependence on caregivers, medical complications, decreased quality of life, depression, and sometimes loss of life.
HHS Provider Relief Fund Portal Opens

The highly-anticipated and often delayed HHS Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal officially opened on July 1, 2021 here. Along with the portal itself, a user guide, an excel template workbook, and several new FAQs were also issued. These are in addition to updated reporting guidance that was released on June 11, 2021 here. These new resources clarified and resolved several important issues.
Top 15 Things to Know About Vaccinating Staff

COVID-19 has certainly taken taking its toll on the nursing home industry where staffing was a challenge even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recent directive by the federal government that is mandating that all employees of skilled nursing facilities to be COVID-19 vaccinated on or about October 18th, 2021, (the estimated last day for final COVID-19 Vaccine shot on October 4, 2021) further compounds the staffing crisis and could result in significant negative ramifications to the clinical, financial, and operational performance of nursing facilities. This new federal mandate comes shortly after the May 11th, 2021 regulation requiring nursing homes to report weekly the status of completed COVID-19 vaccinations for both residents and staff to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
CORE Analytics Releases Medicare Advantage Platform 

The Medicare Advantage Post-Acute eXchange (MAPAX) delivers the industry’s first claims-based intelligence on current SNF-MA reimbursement, outcomes and value proposition. This data does not exist elsewhere, despite Medicare Advantage enrollment exceeding 40% of all beneficiaries nationally. Learn more here!
How to Build Equity Into Your Employee's Health Benefits

The converging crises in 2020 shed light on the lack of access to affordable healthcare for Black and Brown peoples and persons from economically marginalized communities. We all witnessed the crippling compound effect of health inequity shouldered by economically distressed communities - many New York nonprofits responded in turn.
Employee Health Benefits in a Pandemic
One major area where health inequities still exist in the workplace is in employer-sponsored health benefits plan design. Traditional insurance plans—premiums, copayments, deductibles and coinsurance—frequently create barriers to care. They also can exacerbate inequities in healthcare by inhibiting the use of services - such as primary care - that benefit health and wellbeing.
Special Savings from Value First!

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Using Technology As Part of a Multifactorial Approach to Falls

Revolutionizing care for seniors by reducing adverse events using artificial intelligence (AI), with predictive analytics based on balance and gait analysis to identify deficits and forecast fall risk.
HJ Sims Financing Catalysts for Future Growth

Senior living organizations may take several approaches to achieving financial success for their communities. However, there are certain strategies that can save time and money, and ultimately execute an effective, long-term and innovative financing solution for any capital needs. These strategies are focused on not only expanding capital and debt capacity, but also driving a lower cost of capital, all to support accelerated and smart growth.
Realize the Value of Building Equity into your Employee Benefits

Organizations that take control of their employee health benefits costs are better positioned to enhance their retirement plan, their overall benefits package, and keep their workforce healthy, happy, retained and engaged. Watch this on-demand webinar featuring benefits experts Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services and Mutual of America Financial Group to learn how to equitably maximize the value of your benefits spend and reach your recruitment and retention goals. Register here:
The New Power of Attorney Laws - What Health Care Facilities Need to Know to Avoid Liability

New York State recently passed legislation simplifying the Power of Attorney (POA) document and its execution. Every Power of Attorney executed on or after June 13, 2021 must comply with the new rules. The new laws leave health care facilities facing potential exposure when handling resident funds through the use of a POA.
PBJ Submissions: Key to 5 Star Rating & NYS Minimum Staffing Standards Compliance

In the Post-COVID environment, consumers focus on nursing home staffing as a core element in a facility’s ability to provide quality care and patient safety. The CMS Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) quarterly submissions are the basis for calculating the facility’s Nursing Home Compare Staffing Star rating and, starting in 2022, will be used to monitor compliance with the New York State Nursing Home minimum staffing standards that were signed into law on June 18, 2021.

In this webinar we will provide the following insights to successfully evaluate your submission process and how to meet your goals for your 5 Star rating while maintaining compliance with the New York requirements:
  • Discuss the PBJ submission process requirements and common areas that result in inaccurate reporting of nursing hours
  • Discuss the Staffing Star methodology and ways to project the staffing hours needed to achieve higher Stars
  • Review the NYS minimum staffing standards and how the methodology is different than the 5 Star Staffing rating
  • Discuss ways to identify current compliance level with minimum standards and staffing changes necessary to achieve compliance
  • Discuss tools to monitor nursing hours per resident day on an ongoing basis to maintain compliance.
A Proactive, Resident-Centric Approach to Infection Control 

Senior living communities are increasingly grappling with occupancy challenges driven by health and safety concerns of older adults and their families.
More rigorous CMS infection control standards and staffing issues caused by employee health fears are putting pressure on budgets and overextended team members.
Sodexo’s ReAssure Program keeps senior communities safer by maintaining regulatory compliance and providing valuable safety reassurance to residents, families, and staff.
Earn Free CEU Credits with Pharmscript

All webinars are approved for 1 NAB Credit for Nursing Home Administrators and Nurses. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. All webinars are recorded, archived, and posted on our website:
Budding Issues in New York State Employment Law

On March 31, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) into law. This law provides protection to individuals over the age of 21 for the legal consumption of recreational marijuana. In this upcoming webinar, join Pullano & Farrow attorney, Daniel Christian, Esq., to learn how these recent provisions effect the workplace in New York State.
Nursing Homes Save Money with Community Solar

Nursing homes are typically master metered, meaning one electricity account encompasses the electricity usage for all residents in a building, rather than each resident having their own account. Community solar subscriptions are usually capped at a specific amount of demand (kW) per account. However, master metering allows a customer to circumvent this cap. A common cap for a direct metered account is 30kW. If the account is master metered, the customer can exceed this cap and be granted a subscription several times this amount, depending on the number of residents. With a larger subscription, the customer will see greater savings.
Insurance Marketplace Continues to Harden
For 2021, the insurance market continues to harden with significantly higher pricing. After approximately 20 years of a soft, buyer-friendly insurance market, the past few years have seen a firming or hardening market—one that is less friendly to insurance buyers.

While the effects of this hardening insurance market on long term care will depend on a variety of factors, most facilities will see premium increases for their insurance coverage overall. In fact, most facilities may see double-digit rate increases at their renewal.
Turn Your Program Into a Profit Center
When most companies think about
cybersecurity, they’re considering things
like regulatory compliance, loss prevention,
and qualitative risk reduction – all valuable
facets of a well-rounded program. But with
the right strategies and implementation,
a well-managed cybersecurity program
has a major impact on driving revenue,
reputation, and company growth.

Companies of all sizes are exploring digital
technologies more than ever to build
better-connected audiences, increase
operational agility, and create web-based
ecosystems that offer new revenue
streams. With such a prevalence of digital
services and solutions, opportunities
to extract more value from your
cybersecurity program are ever-growing.
Help Your Employees Be Financially
Prepared for the Unexpected
Today’s workforce is complex, which makes voluntary benefits especially important. While auto and home insurance may not be top of mind for your benefits program, these coverages provide more options for your employees to improve their financial wellness.
Time to consider?

Just like medical, premiums and out-of-pocket expenses for auto and home insurance are going
up. From auto accidents to natural disasters, there has been an increase in the severity and
frequency of incidents. And without the right coverage, an accident or storm can be devastating
to your employees’ financial wellbeing. With MetLife Auto & Home®, you can give your employees
access to the protection they need to stay prepared for the unexpected. And the support they
need to get back on track.