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CMS clarifies staffing, care link under broad mega-rule

CMS clarifies staffing, care link under broad mega-rule

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What is the definition of sufficient staffing in a nursing home?

AHCA joins lawmakers in drive for greater flexibility dealing with new requirements of participation

AHCA joins lawmakers in drive for greater flexibility dealing with new requirements of participation

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The American Health Care Association is throwing its weight behind lawmakers' efforts to convince the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to revise the upcoming requirements of participation for long-term care providers.

CMS: Nursing homes with high antipsychotic rates should aim for a 15% reduction by end of 2019

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has met its latest goal for antipsychotic reduction in nursing homes, and with it set a new one for under-performing providers: cutting antipsychotic use by 15% over the next two years.

CMS withdraws proposal requiring LTC facilities to afford spousal rights to same-sex couples

CMS withdraws proposal requiring LTC facilities to afford spousal rights to same-sex couples

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has withdrawn a 2014 proposed rule that would have required long-term care facilities to recognize and ensure rights for same-sex marriages, according to a notice published Tuesday.

National testing of standardized post-acute data elements to start in November

National testing of standardized post-acute data elements to start in November

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Beta testing of standardized data elements for post-acute care will kick off in November in 14 geographic markets, officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the RAND Corporation disclosed on Thursday.

CMS to make Payroll Based Journaling data public starting Nov. 1

CMS to make Payroll Based Journaling data public starting Nov. 1

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin posting public use files of providers' Payroll Based Journaling data on Nov. 1, the agency said in a memo posted Monday.

Special national conference call on IMPACT Act Thursday

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hosting a special Open Door Forum conference call on the IMPACT Act at 2 p.m. ET Thursday.

CMS suspends surveys, allows providers to exceed bed capacity in states hit by Hurricane Harvey

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is extending some flexibilities for Medicare providers in Texas and Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Administrator Seema Verma said on Saturday.

You're not too busy to know this CMS news is good news

You're not too busy to know this CMS news is good news

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It's nice to have friends in high places. Even better if she speaks of clearing regulatory clutter.

New company launched around CMS requirements

RoP Learning launched last week as a company geared to help post-acute care providers meet new federal standards.

In case you missed it, there's a new Medicare audit process coming

In case you missed it, there's a new Medicare audit process coming

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it's understandable if a story we ran last — about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revamping its Medicare audit process — slipped under your radar. Here's what you need to know to catch up.

Preparing for the upcoming BPCI model: Is your facility primed for success?

Preparing for the upcoming BPCI model: Is your facility primed for success?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' testing of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative has been largely successful.

Nursing homes' 1% Medicare pay increase 'unlikely' to cover costs, expert warns

Providers expressed gratitude Tuesday at a 1% increase from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for skilled nursing services, even as it braced for quality measure implementation.

Why nursing homes can exhale — but not get complacent

Why nursing homes can exhale — but not get complacent

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The announced delay of full enforcement of new survey requirements is indeed good news for nursing home operators and all of their compliance officers. Their blood pressure should now lower a few millimeters. If only for a while.

CMS seeks to ease burdens for quality program

CMS seeks to ease burdens for quality program

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Small and rural providers may find it easier to participate in quality programs under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) following a proposed rule that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued Tuesday.

RCS-1 CMS Case-Mix Rule

RCS-1 CMS Case-Mix Rule

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There is a new horse in town and it goes by the name of RCS-1.

Antibiotics in LTC: Changing from 'Just in case' to 'Only when needed'

Antibiotics in LTC: Changing from 'Just in case' to 'Only when needed'

Prior to the discovery of antibiotics, the most common cause of death was infection. There was no good treatment for pneumonia, complications of urine or ear infections were common, and many people died of simple wounds.

NASL winter conference arrives amid uncertainty

The 2017 winter legislative and regulatory conference of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care takes place Monday through Wednesday in Washington.

What is your vision for PACE expansion and innovation?

What is your vision for PACE expansion and innovation?

In the final days of the Obama administration, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services provided a parting gift to the PACE community by issuing a Request for Information seeking stakeholder input on the design and implementation of a broad range of PACE pilots.

Next week's SNF Open Door Forum rescheduled

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has decided not to hold a Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long Term Services Open Door Forum conference call in January. The agency announced that it has "rescheduled" the call planned for Thursday (Jan. 12) until 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 9

CMS targets falls, pressure ulcers, other skilled care challenges

CMS targets falls, pressure ulcers, other skilled care challenges

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is pursuing better outcomes in a list of 97 reporting requirement adjustments that could help improve Medicare's quality and value-based purchasing programs.

Providers get an 'A' for submitting PBJ data, officials say

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Around 90% of long-term care providers have submitted electronic staffing data, officials said Thursday.

Cracking new PT and OT evaluation codes

Cracking new PT and OT evaluation codes

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January 1 will put new evaluation codes for physical and occupational therapy into effect and we all better be paying close attention.

Selling fear: Are you buying?

Selling fear: Are you buying?

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Fearmongering has certainly played a major role in the 2016 presidential race, but you might not realize it's also become more and more common in our own industry as well.

Story contest launched to discuss healthcare costs

Costs of Care, a healthcare nonprofit, has launched another Story Contest.

New arbitration rule doesn't have much of a silver lining

New arbitration rule doesn't have much of a silver lining

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Any way you slice it, last week was a rough one for long-term care operators.

Debating the obscure parts of the final rule

Debating the obscure parts of the final rule

If misery loves company, take comfort in knowing many of your long-term care colleagues are doing the same thing this week.

CMS and providers have reason to celebrate

CMS and providers have reason to celebrate

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I encourage providers to pause and pat themselves on the back. That's because 30-day hospital readmission rates have dropped in all states except one over the past five years.

What you really need to know about the presidential election

What you really need to know about the presidential election

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Ignore the white noise over whether Hillary or The Donald will be a worse choice. There's a sleeper issue in the November elections, and it just might have a major impact on your long-term care organization.

New CMS administrator among the expected changes, as Clinton and Trump set up transition teams

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As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare their transition teams as part of their hoped-for march to the White House, one position is sure to catch long-term care officials' notice: The future leader of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.