Regulatory

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.

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.

It's time for LTC and the law

The American Health Lawyers Association is holding its annual "Long Term Care and the Law" meeting Monday through Wednesday in Orlando, FL. Legal, compliance and operational issues will be the focus of education sessions.

NASL winter conference kicks off Monday

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The National Association for the Support of Long Term Care is holding its annual winter legislative and regulatory conference Monday through Wednesday in Washington.

Avalere Health begins partnership with Pope Woodhead & Associates

Avalere Health will expand internationally through a partnership with Pope Woodhead & Associates, a European-based consulting firm. The latter's specialties include regulatory strategy, pricing and market access solutions for entering into the European market.

Long-term care regulations the focus of McKnight's next Super Tuesday webcast

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Attendees at the next McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast will receive a 2012 regulatory update delivered by well-known expert Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA. The executive director of the Alliance Training Center, Klusch will offer the latest insight and advice on numerous regulatory matters on which providers must remain current. The event begins at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time). An outgrowth of the annual McKnight's Online Expo, the webinar will be moderated by Executive Editor John O'Connor. Included will be a discussion of the year's top regulatory developments and how they are likely to affect operators. A live Q&A session will conclude the one-hour event.

Compliance Store makes changes that aid site navigation

Compliance Store makes changes that aid site navigation

The Compliance Store recently revamped its website. Improvements include easier navigation, tab restructuring, site videos, and additional customer-friendly features. Compliance Store staff research more than 60 regulatory/government websites each day in order to compile regulatory and policy updates.

Frustrations of a persecuted provider boil over

Frustrations of a persecuted provider boil over

What happens when a government and society create an evil enemy of the state? They begin by calling them monsters, a drain on society that is guilty of heinous crimes, and they use the legal system and media to prosecute them publicly without due process. You have all seen the headlines about nursing homes. The TRUTH never seems to matter, only the synthetic story.

Rockefeller introduces bill making MedPAC independent executive branch agency

Rockefeller introduces bill making MedPAC independent executive branch agency

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is a legislative entity whose purpose is to advise Congress on matters of Medicare reimbursement rates and coverage policies. Now, one senator has introduced legislation that would transfer the agency to the executive branch and give it more political muscle.

Nursing home leaders to unveil new mentoring program at national conference

Major issues of the day, plus the start of a new mentoring program, will grab the spotlight at the 43rd annual convocation and exposition of the American College of Health Care Administrators this weekend and early next week. Administrators and other long-term care leaders will seek answers about the federal government's new Five-Star rating system, possible Obama administration policies and legislative hurdles at the event, which runs through Tuesday in Providence, RI. Dr. Vincent Mor, chairman of the Department of Community Health at Brown University's school of medicine, headlines as keynote speaker. Dr. Douglas Olson will introduce ACHCA's new mentoring program, through the Academy of Long Term Care Leadership and Development.

Nursing home groups suggest $1 billion Medicare cuts could cost even more

Nursing home representatives and healthcare groups continued their attacks against a proposed FY 2010 $1.05 billion Medicare reduction on Tuesday with the release of a report indicating the cuts could carry additional billions of dollars in unintended costs and consequences for both patients and providers.

Nursing home operators howl as government proposes slashing Medicare payments by $1 billion

Nursing home operators howl as government proposes slashing Medicare payments by $1 billion

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set off a backlash from nursing home operators late Friday afternoon when it proposed "adjustments" that would cut Medicare payments by $1.05 billion in fiscal 2010. The 3.3% reduction will "largely" be offset by a 2.1% market basket increase, officials said.

CMS releases implementation timeline for MDS 3.0

CMS releases implementation timeline for MDS 3.0

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Friday released the timeline for MDS 3.0. This comes one week after the agency published a timeline and then pulled it off the site.

F-tags with revisions on resident quality of life to be released in June

Eleven F-tags with revisions related to the quality of life and environment of nursing home residents will be available June 17.

CMS issues new MDS 3.0 schedule -- and quickly recalls it

CMS issues new MDS 3.0 schedule -- and quickly recalls it

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week posted on its Web site a new schedule for the planned October 2010 rollout of the new MDS 3.0. But the agency quickly removed it the same day.

CMS to test cash incentives for nursing home quality, efficiency efforts

CMS to test cash incentives for nursing home quality, efficiency efforts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Friday announced a new, four-state demonstration project to test whether cash incentives will help improve quality and efficiency in nursing homes.

DAY ONE: McKnight's third annual Online Expo to kick off with webcasts on technology, wound care and payment

DAY ONE: McKnight's third annual Online Expo to kick off with webcasts on technology, wound care and payment

The third annual online trade show for the long-term care field starts today with a whole range of educational webcasts and virtual vendor booths. It's not too late to register for the two-day event at www.mcknights.com/expo.

ONE DAY TO GO: Medicare, Medicaid face drastic cuts under new administration, McKnight's Online Expo to address programs as they affect long-term care

ONE DAY TO GO: Medicare, Medicaid face drastic cuts under new administration, McKnight's Online Expo to address programs as they affect long-term care

Under President Obama's budget plan, Medicare and Medicaid spending would be slashed by up to $295 billion over the next 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated.

TWO DAYS AND COUNTING: Expo session on IT comes on heels of naming of new national health information technology coordinator

TWO DAYS AND COUNTING: Expo session on IT comes on heels of naming of new national health information technology coordinator

Long-term care providers are liable to hear the name David Blumenthal, M.D., a lot in the coming months and years if all goes as planned at the Department of Health and Human Services. On Friday, HHS named Blumenthal the new national coordinator for health information technology.

Regulators see need to issue new guide for dining assistants in nursing homes

Regulators see need to issue new guide for dining assistants in nursing homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has completed a guide for providers who want to employ dining assistants in their facilities. After a drawn out battle, CMS agreed five years ago to allow the use of paid feeding assistants--provided they achieve a certain level of training and have the approval of the state.

CMS: No changes imminent to staffing formula for Five-Star rating

Federal health officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services say they are considering tweaking their new Five-Star nursing home ranking system, but altering the way staffing is graded will not happen in the near future.

Sebelius gets HHS nod, DeParle tabbed to become health czar

President Obama officially nominated Kathleen Sebelius, the democratic governor of Kansas, for the job of Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on Monday. Sebelius had been considered the front-runner after former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle bowed out after questions arose about personal tax issues.

Nursing homes oppose proposal to display ratings

Nursing homes oppose proposal to display ratings

A proposal that would require facilities through-‚Äčout the state to prominently show their new federal star ratings has received pushback from nursing homes.

Ask the care expert: how to understand state deficiency scores

Ask the care expert: how to understand state deficiency scores

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Sherrie Dornberger, RNC, CDONA, FACDONA President, NADONA

Federal court finds 17 Indiana nursing home violations were not issued maliciously

A federal appeals court has ruled against an Indiana nursing home, which successfully contested 16 of 17 Medicaid-participation and state licensing violations. The court did not find that state health department officials had issued citations out of malice.

New York pushes back against home-care benefits rule

The state of New York is urging the Obama administration to overturn a rule that denies couples receiving home care the same financial rights as those in nursing homes.

Initial results of five-star ratings: Nonprofit nursing homes deliver better care, analysis shows

Initial results of five-star ratings: Nonprofit nursing homes deliver better care, analysis shows

Nonprofit nursing homes provide a higher quality of care than for-profit facilities, according to an analysis by USA Today of the first ratings of nursing homes by the government's five-star rating system.

Five-star nursing home rating system kicks off with controversy

Five-star nursing home rating system kicks off with controversy

The head of one provider organization reacted negatively Wednesday to the way the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has handled the launch of a new five-star rating system for nursing homes. The program is scheduled to launch today.

CMS asks 30,000 Medicare providers to take part in survey

The fourth annual Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services healthcare provider satisfaction survey is on its way, the agency announced Tuesday.

Nursing homes to be notified of initial 'five-star' ratings starting Monday

Nursing homes to be notified of initial 'five-star' ratings starting Monday

Nursing home operators on Monday will begin receiving advance notice of their first ratings in federal regulators' new "five-star" system, officials said during a conference call Thursday.