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Proposed law would mandate minimum direct care nurse hours

Proposed law would mandate minimum direct care nurse hours

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A bill that would establish a minimum direct care nurse staffing hours at Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities was introduced by an Illinois congresswoman last week.

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

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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.

Medicare bill would boost transitions to long-term care, other settings

Medicare bill would boost transitions to long-term care, other settings

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Federal lawmakers have introduced a bill designed to improve coordination of care and services for Medicare beneficiaries as they move from one setting to another.

New bill emphasizes freedom in serious illness care plans

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A newly proposed bill aims to give people with serious and terminal illnesses more say in their care plan and provide Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement to healthcare professionals for holding discussions about a patient's goals, illness and treatment options. The American Association for Long-Term Care Nursing was among the healthcare associations that endorsed the measure.

New bill improves on nursing home surveys and surveyor training

New bill improves on nursing home surveys and surveyor training

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A new House bill aims to improve the nursing home survey process, enhance whistleblower protections for surveyors and establish an advisory committee for CMS that would include skilled nursing facility administrators, directors of nursing and other stakeholders. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the bill on Tuesday.

Medicare 'doc fix' clears hurdle in the House, but providers still have questions

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A House of Representatives subcommittee has approved legislation reforming physician payments through Medicare. The bill passed out of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on health by voice vote on Tuesday, after a two-day markup.

Lawmakers target use of antipsychotics in LTC settings

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Three U.S. Senators have proposed legislation that would further regulate the administration of antipsychotic medications to nursing home residents. Specifically, the new measure would require nursing home staff to obtain informed consent from residents or their legally designated representative that acknowledges possible risks and side effects. The measure addresses growing public concern about "off label" uses for such medications.

Patient advocates blast Stupak's nursing home survey improvement act

A group of long-term care patient advocates on Thursday sent a letter to Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), criticizing the lame-duck legislator's new "Enhancing Quality through Survey System Improvements Act of 2010."

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