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New survey guidance coming soon, CMS official says

New survey guidance coming soon, CMS official says

Interpretive guidance for the new survey process incorporating Phase 2 regulations may be released over the next few weeks, a top government official said Thursday.

Providers incited over Medicaid provisions in Senate health bill

Providers incited over Medicaid provisions in Senate health bill

Senate Republicans emerged Thursday to release details of their health reform bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and providers made no secret out of their displeasure.

CMS extends comment period for proposed new PPS

Federal regulators announced Thursday that they are extending the comment period for a proposal to revise the skilled nursing facility prospective payment system case-mix methodology.

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Deeper Medicaid cuts reportedly in Senate health bill

Deeper Medicaid cuts reportedly in Senate health bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) planned to share on Thursday morning a so-called "discussion draft" of a health reform bill that is likely to cause long-term providers a lot of worry.

House reform bill could cost more than 700,000 healthcare jobs: report

About 725,000 healthcare jobs could be lost over the next decade as a result of the pending House GOP healthcare bill, according to analysts.

New LeadingAge center will tackle workforce problems

LeadingAge announced Wednesday that it has formed the Center for Workforce Solutions to better assist providers with employee recruitment, training and retention.

Also in the News for Thursday, June 22

Vast majority of consumers want telehealth, but adoption lagging ... Researchers discover brain mechanism behind multi-tasking ... Study points to extra virgin olive oil for better memory, protection from Alzheimer's

CMS seeks to ease burdens for quality program

CMS seeks to ease burdens for quality program

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.

E-prescribing needed for VA, government watchdog says

Department of Veterans Affairs clinicians and pharmacists should be able to order medications electronically and track dispensing of controlled prescription drugs, among other best practices, according to a government report.

Florida governor signs law that will change nursing home reimbursement

Florida nursing homes will be moving to a prospective payment system for reimbursement following Gov. Rick Scott's (R) signing of legislation Friday.

Also in the News for Wednesday, June 21, 2017

'Discussion draft' of Senate healthcare bill set to be released Thursday ... Illinois providers continue Medicaid talks after missing deadline ... New tool could predict which Parkinson's disease patients at risk for dementia ..

Constraints for Medicaid managed care might ease

Constraints for Medicaid managed care might ease

State Medicaid directors are actively working to mitigate effects of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 2016 managed care rule.

Medicaid cuts would hurt opioid epidemic efforts, experts tell White House

Cuts to Medicaid, whether they are in President Trump's budget or via the GOP healthcare bill, would hurt efforts to curb opioid addiction, according to attendees at the White House's first panel on opioids Friday.

Facilities may be underestimating risk of animals in pet therapy programs

Almost one-fourth (22%) of eldercare facilities have no policy whatsoever for animal-assisted intervention programs, also called therapy animal or pet therapy programs, according to a new academic study.

Also in the News for Tuesday, June 20

California facility hit with $100K fine in resident death ...NJ nursing home closure will put more than 300 out of work ... Nevada governor vetoes 'Medicaid-for- all' bill

False Claims Act settlement to cost Genesis $53.6 million

False Claims Act settlement to cost Genesis $53.6 million

Genesis Healthcare Inc. has agreed to pay more than $53 million to settle six lawsuits that alleged the long-term care giant violated the False Claims Act, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Ohio SNF shooter disabled alarm, spoke with residents during incident, employees recount

The gunman in a shooting that left two Ohio nursing home employees and a police officer dead reportedly shot the facility's alarm system as he entered, leaving many employees unaware that he was in the building.

Endemic levels of CRE hit D.C. facilities

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, a highly pathogenic and antibiotic-resistant bacteria that worries nursing home providers, has hit a 5.2% prevalence rate in Washington, D.C. healthcare facilities, according to a recent analysis.

Also in the News for Monday, June 19

Senate Republicans will likely miss the deadline to repeal Obamacare ... Healthcare support company will pay NY state $130,000 for failure to report data breach of patient records ... National campaign aims to put a face on Medicaid to fight cuts