Encore Rehabilitation’s monthly publication, designed to give you updates on trends we are seeing in the Post-Acute Care industry.
Care Compare October Release of SNF QRP Data – Now Available
The data are based on quality assessment data submitted by SNFs to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from Quarter 1, 2021 through Quarter 4, 2021. The data for the claims-based measures will display data from Quarter 3, 2019 through Quarter 4, 2019 and Quarter 3, 2020 through Quarter 2, 2021 for this release, and for the SNF Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Requiring Hospitalization measure, Quarter 4, 2020 through Quarter 3, 2021.
Lastly, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) measure (COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel (HCP)) will be publicly reported on Care Compare and PDC beginning with the October 2022 release. The data for the COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage among HCP measure will display data submitted for Quarter 4, 2021 for this release.
Almost 30 million people in the U.S. have some form of diabetes. With so many of our SNF community residents either having the diagnosis of diabetes or not realizing it yet, this is a great time to learn about diabetes and the significant role that healthcare providers play in helping our residents maintain healthy and active lives.
How Interdisciplinary Teams Can Impact Resident Health:
- Understand the differences between Type I and Type 2 diabetes and how diabetes can be managed
- Identify resident needs, create resident-centered care plans
- Provide IDT programming to address medical, emotional, and wellness approaches to care
- Educate residents on how they can impact their health in ways such as:
- Regularly engaging in physical activity
- Encouraging healthy eating
- Not smoking, keeping blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol as close to normal as possible
- Wearing comfortable shoes and socks
- Protecting feet from hot and cold temperatures
- Putting feet up when sitting
- Wiggling toes and moving ankles up/down throughout the day to improve blood flow
- Wearing the proper footwear to prevent serious foot problems
- Train staff on diabetes and associated symptoms such as fatigue, hunger, frequent urination, thirstiness, blurred vision, headaches, insomnia, mood changes, slow healing, pain & numbness in the feet and legs, weight loss, and changes in heart rate
In addition to what we already know about diabetes, researchers have found that 14% of patients who experience severe COVID-19 have developed a new onset of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Although some individuals who developed diabetes had other risk factors for the condition, many of those diagnosed with diabetes did not have any risk factors before contracting the virus.
We can combat the effects of diabetes within our SNF communities by coming together and providing the daily nutrition and activity all of our residents need. A great start is establishing community-wide healthy living initiatives and activities.
Let’s help our residents maintain healthy habits. In doing so, we might minimize the risks of diabetes and other chronic health conditions, giving residents healthier futures for many years.
Contact your Regional Vice President to obtain training materials and more information on diabetes programming in your facility.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
– Helen Keller
As the holiday season approaches, we take this time to prepare for another year coming to a close and reflect on the year’s events thus far. With another year comes challenge, growth, and gratefulness. The challenges we have continued to face as an industry have changed the landscape we find ourselves in each day. These same challenges have tested our foundations as clinicians, causing us to be intentional with our quality provision of services and reminding us how much we are needed. During these times of challenge, we also continue to demonstrate growth as adversity allows us to step outside of our comfort zones, become creative with achieving our goals, and push the status quo.
Gratefulness is the overwhelming feeling of the season as we begin the closing of another year. We reflect on all the relationships contributing to our overall success each year. First and foremost, many thanks are due to our employees. Thank you for your continued loyalty and support for the patients we serve as you continue to show up every day to provide the essential services that aid our communities to wellness. Those who withstood the years of the pandemic continue to show up to provide services to all ages we serve. Your loyalty makes us proud of what we can contribute to this industry over the years, despite the challenges. To those that have joined us recently – your excitement to join the ranks at Encore allows us to continue to grow and ensure our future footprint in the rehabilitation industry. We want to personally thank each of you for the special contribution you all make to this company because without you, we cannot succeed.
To our customers and partners, we thank you for continuing to trust in the services we provide, knowing that we deliver services with the highest quality and compassion. Your trust allows us to continue being part of the rehabilitation continuum across the lifespan.
From all of us at Encore Rehabilitation, we wish everyone a peaceful and joyous holiday season, and may we continue to remember the feelings we hold most dear during this season.