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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.

Are you ready for some more quality? Doesn't matter

Are you ready for some more quality? Doesn't matter

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Did you feel the Earth move a bit extra Wednesday? Didn't think so, even though that was THE DAY that five new quality reporting measures were added to the calculations for nursing home grades.

A word to the regulators: Enough already!

A word to the regulators: Enough already!

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You probably don't need to be reminded that skilled care is regulated quite severely. And if it seems like things are getting worse for your facility, well that's because they probably are.

Answers to lingering questions about PBJ

Answers to lingering questions about PBJ

Even though the Payroll-Based Journal kick-off was last Friday, it's understandable that questions still cloud this new process. It behooves providers to get up to speed and become better informed as soon as possible.

SNF/LTC Open Door Forum to hit hot topics

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' monthly Open Door Forum conference call for skilled nursing and long-term care stakeholders will discuss a blockbuster list of hot topics Thursday. The agenda includes a Payroll-Based Journal update, talk about SNF waivers for the CJR initiative, and Nursing Home Compare Quality Measure updates.

Now that was one tough week

Now that was one tough week

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Most long-term care facilities would probably like to forget about last week. That's because two figurative bombshells exploded.

CMS, it's time to listen up

CMS, it's time to listen up

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The options for finding the most appropriate nursing home for a loved one are, shall we say, somewhat limited, especially when compared cars and other products. But there may be a solution to that.

How should long-term care providers celebrate? Let us count the ways

How should long-term care providers celebrate? Let us count the ways

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Long-term care operators have plenty of reasons to recoil and lick their wounds over the course of a year. But there are also good times when they should find reason to smile. Like this past week.

CMS call will discuss NOTICE Act requirements

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Long-term care providers might want to dial in to a conference call Monday that will discuss requirements of hospitals and other providers under the NOTICE Act.

CMS sneaks a trick in with its treats

CMS sneaks a trick in with its treats

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With so many regulatory changes kicking in on Oct. 1, it's no wonder providers were likely too distracted to notice the latest "trick" by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Uniform data collection key for SNF cost containment

Uniform data collection key for SNF cost containment

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When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in July that it was implementing a system of bundled payments for knee and hip operations in 75 geographic areas of the country, it prompted CFOs and accountants at many skilled nursing facilities to ask themselves an awkward question: What is our share of the episode cost to CMS, and what does this procedure actually cost us?

Be proactive with new CMS regulations

Be proactive with new CMS regulations

If you wait to only react to the process, you will have to bite off more than you can chew when the deadlines come.