Contracts

CMS finalizes contract requirements for long-term care providers and hospice partners

CMS finalizes contract requirements for long-term care providers and hospice partners

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Long-term care providers will need to draw up a strictly formatted contract with their hospice care partners, according to a final rule released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The regulation clarifies the details of each contract and is effective Aug. 26.

Ask the legal expert ... about arbitration agreements

Ask the legal expert ... about arbitration agreements

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It seems like every time I see a news item about arbitration agreements being signed by a resident/patient's surrogate or relative, some judges rules it invalid or unenforceable. Are they ever valid? Must we always get the resident/patient to sign for himself or herself, or is that just strongly recommended?