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Draft bill proposes counting observation stays for SNF coverage, limiting RAC oversight

Draft bill proposes counting observation stays for SNF coverage, limiting RAC oversight

Hospital observation stays would count toward establishing Medicare eligibility for post-acute services, under comprehensive reforms in a new draft bill from the House Committee on Ways and Means. The Hospitals Improvements for Payment (HIP) Act of 2014 proposes a new hospital prospective payment system to be in place by fiscal year 2020. Its goal is to address problems with how short stays are reimbursed.

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Largest US healthcare union praises Obama's action on immigration

Nursing home workers and other members of the country's largest healthcare union praised President Barack Obama for allowing certain undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status through an executive action announced last Thursday.

Nurses should be able to reject shifts to prevent fatigue risks, ANA states

Registered nurses should have more control over scheduling in order to reduce the risk of fatigued workers, according to a new position statement from the American Nurses Association.

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