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Medicare should cover people who go to a skilled nursing facility without a preceding hospital stay, experts recently told the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it plans to focus more on quality improvement initiatives rather than stricter surveys, but that didn't stop a pair of veteran U.S. senators from calling for more stringent measures.
Many skilled care operators struggle to keep up with a seemingly never-ending array of survey and certification regulations. If two lawmakers get their way, providers can look forward to a large heaping of additional rules.
The skilled nursing facility survey process is failing to ensure resident safety and needs to be improved, two prominent senators said in a recent letter to the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Strenuous efforts should be made to provide aging Holocaust survivors with home care, because institutional settings tend to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder for this group, experts told lawmakers at a recent hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
Leaders in the U.S. Senate have called for a government review of how nursing homes handle facility-managed trust funds.
Improving oversight of assisted living facilities will be the hot topic at a hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging this afternoon. The "Ensuring quality and oversight in assisted living" hearing is a direct result of a media investigation that uncovered multiple violations at various assisted living facilities in Florida, allegedly resulting in deaths.