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National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill to standardize post-acute assessments

National Quality Forum supports quality measures in bill to standardize post-acute assessments

The National Quality Forum has come out in strong support of a proposed standardized quality measures, such as skin integrity, across different types of post-acute care settings. Uniform assessments are seen as a necessary step to site-neutral payments.

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Large hepatitis outbreak reaches 47 cases, podiatry company denies ManorCare's charges

The number of people infected in an infamous North Dakota Hepatitis C outbreak has risen, state health officials say.

CMS changes mind on hospice drugs

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services has revised guidance on authorization of hospice drugs for those under Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, according to a new memo.

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Joint Commission releases free nursing home resource on preventing infection ... ACA in the balance again as two courts issue contrary rulings on subsidies ... Obama's executive order on LGBT workplace rights extends to some nursing homes

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