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CMS urges providers to look at 'big picture' of IMPACT Act, health data

CMS urges providers to look at 'big picture' of IMPACT Act, health data

Although providers are rightfully preoccupied with the requirements of the Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, they should also be paying attention to widespread changes in data standardization and exchange, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid officials emphasized Thursday.

Labor shortage raising costs of CCRC construction

A skilled labor shortage in the construction industry is forcing some contractors to be increasingly selective in the senior housing projects they take on, driving up construction costs in the process.

CMS optimistic about reaching 30% value-based purchasing goal this year

Healthcare providers should reach the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services' goal of having 30% of all Medicare payment be value-based by the end of this year, one CMS official shared Tuesday.

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Pilot shows promise in healing skin tears

A new program for acute treatment of skin tears may help reduce wound healing times and healthcare costs.

Age, antibiotics factors for infected diabetic foot ulcers

Age, antibiotics factors for infected diabetic foot ulcers

Older diabetes patients who receive prolonged courses of antibiotics are at the highest risk of having infected diabetic foot ulcers, a new study shows.

Ask the Treatment Expert about... palliative ulcer care

Ask the Treatment Expert about... palliative ulcer care

I am treating a resident who is receiving palliative care with a Stage III pressure ulcer on the right trochanter and a Stage IV pressure ulcer on the sacrum. How should I treat these pressure ulcers?

naviHealth acquires RightCare Solutions

naviHealth, an awardee convener under Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, has acquired RightCare Solutions Inc., which has developed a hospital discharge planning software system.

Incontinence pilot program brings PSL facilities success

Incontinence pilot program brings PSL facilities success

With pressure on continence care mounting for long-term care providers, Presbyterian Senior Living said it recently was able to cut its continence care product cost by more than 52% in just three months.

Happy Now Years

Happy Now Years

It's suddenly 2016, and I'm uneasy. Perhaps you know that vague apprehension. Like maybe you left your newly stocked phosphorescent med cart unlocked in the parking lot overnight, or ran off to work with the hot iron resting face down on a pile of tinder-dry copies of McKnight's.

I couldn't live without... CareConnection

I couldn't live without... CareConnection

By using Constant Care's CareConnection™ platform, certified nursing assistants at Kentwood Manor in Kentwood, LA, have been able to upload vital signs from residents automatically into electronic health records.

Dementia patients helped by art-based tablet application

Dementia patients helped by art-based tablet application

Previous research has shown that spending time together viewing art at a gallery can lead to cognitive improvements and enhanced quality of life among patients with dementia, as well as reduce caregiver burden.

State News for February 2016

State News for February 2016

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey provider organizations are raising concerns over a state bill that would create minimum staffing requirements for certified nursing assistants.

Drugs can provoke urinary incontinence

A review of prior studies found that nursing home patients, already prone to overactive bladder or urinary incontinence, are often given medications that exacerbate those conditions.

Music gives second wind to many with breathing issues

Music gives second wind to many with breathing issues

Patients with chronic respiratory disorders who received music therapy in conjunction with standard rehabilitation saw a marked improvement in symptoms, psychological wellbeing and quality of life, according to New York researchers.

Ask the Care Expert about... Payroll Based Journaling

Ask the Care Expert about... Payroll Based Journaling

As a new charge nurse, I hear the administrator and director of nursing talking more often recently about the Payroll Based Journaling and I need to know more about it. What's the overview?

Profile: Fred Benjamin

Profile: Fred Benjamin

Whether it's representing the American Health Care Association, Medicalodges, or another of his interests, there's a frequent comment about Fred Benjamin: "That man is everywhere."

CMS releases DMEPOS rule

Providers will face new rules in March that change the way they're reimbursed for certain types of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS).

Agencies seek feedback on quality measure reporting

Agencies seek feedback on quality measure reporting

Nursing homes were allowed a 30-day window last month to give the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services a piece of their mind about the way the agency certifies and tests electronic health record products.

Ask the Payment Expert about... data interoperability

Ask the Payment Expert about... data interoperability

he SNF Final Rule indicates that interoperability of data will be important. What do we need to do about this issue?