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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.

Congressional leaders call for hearings on deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Congressional leaders call for hearings on deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria

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The House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee should hold hearings on deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the rise, according to a March 7 letter from lawmakers.

House Republicans aim to block board's Medicare authority

House Republicans aim to block board's Medicare authority

Republican House leaders say they will continue to fight a part of the healthcare reform law that could lead to Medicare spending reductions without direct input from Congress. The House was scheduled to vote on rules for the 113th Congress Thursday. Part of them would include a GOP-promoted package that would disallow powers of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

Nursing home lobbyists fight back against proposed provider tax reduction

Nursing home lobbyists fight back against proposed provider tax reduction

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As lawmakers negotiated a budget deal Thursday, the American Health Care Association voiced its objection to cutting the Medicaid Provider Assessment statutory threshold.

House bill hopes to determine if there really is an app for that

Providers can now download thousands of mobile health applications. These apps allow users to examine issues ranging from glucose levels to resident movement. But it's not always easy to tell which apps truly deliver as promised.

Congress votes to prevent whopping physician pay cut

Congress votes to prevent whopping physician pay cut

The House and Senate voted Friday morning to pass a two-month extension of the so-called "doc fix," preventing a scheduled 27.4% cut in Medicare payments for physicians.

Medicare Part D sponsors may be overcharging beneficiaries; investigation sought

Congressional Democrats are calling for a full review of the Medicare Part D program following a recent audit that found that many program sponsors have been overcharging beneficiaries by underestimating manufacturer rebates in their bids.

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