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State bill would ban anonymous complaints against nursing homes

Anonymous complaints about Illinois' nursing homes would no longer be accepted or investigated under a bill currently up for debate in the state House of Representatives.

Accuracy key to staying ahead of changes to MDS 3.0, quality measures, experts say

Accuracy key to staying ahead of changes to MDS 3.0, quality measures, experts say

Providers should conduct accuracy reviews of their facility's data base in order to prepare for changes to the MDS 3.0 and the Five-Star Quality Measures slated for this year, experts emphasized on Monday.

CMS drops payment cut related to two-midnight rule

Faced with a legal challenge, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has killed a two-midnight inpatient payment cut to hospitals. The agency will not move forward with a 0.2% inpatient payment cut to hospitals under the "two-midnight" rule, giving a partial victory to the hospital industry Tuesday.

Providers worried about extra provisions in new SNF payment rule

Three categories — rehospitalizations, quality measurements and interoperability — are expected to be major challenges for providers under a new Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System proposed rule, according to one long-term care expert.

Largest Medicare ACO reflects mixed results in first year, data shows

Largest Medicare ACO reflects mixed results in first year, data shows

The data from Medicare's largest accountable care organization's first full year of operation is in and the results are mixed, according to a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine.