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CMS proposes Medicare Advantage and Part D updates, including 1.84% payment increase

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued Medicare Advantage and Part D updates that include an average payment increase of 1.84% and policy changes that include new supplemental benefits for services that improve health and quality of life.

Veterans Affairs plans to borrow from the CMS fraud-prevention playbook

Veterans Affairs plans to borrow from the CMS fraud-prevention playbook

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will share its best fraud prevention tactics used against nursing homes and other providers with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the agencies said Tuesday in announcing a joint effort to sniff out waste and abuse.

The boss at CMS has some nice things to say about regulations

The boss at CMS has some nice things to say about regulations

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It appears there may be some good news ahead, courtesy of the boss at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Government shutdown could put chokehold on public health

Government shutdown could put chokehold on public health

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It remains unclear how a government shutdown would affect the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services if Congress can't agree on a bill to send the president by midnight.

SNFs can prosper after CMS' bundled pay postponement

SNFs can prosper after CMS' bundled pay postponement

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Skilled nursing providers should capitalize on the opportunities presented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' plans to roll out more voluntary payment initiatives, according to observers.

CMS targets improper SNF discharges

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A new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiative will attempt to reverse a controversial trend of evicting residents who can no longer pay from the nation's skilled nursing facilities.

Therapy caps back on as Congress delays action

Therapy caps back on as Congress delays action

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Therapy caps are back on for now, even though Congress may still be prepared to eliminate them in 2018.

CMS waives some requirements for wildfire-impacted SNFs

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Agency offers blanket waiver in Southern California

Five-Star is anything but frozen

Five-Star is anything but frozen

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The day after Thanksgiving, CMS further defined its intensions with the Five-Star Quality Rating System; more specifically how the new survey process and derivative data will be used in its calculation of the Health Inspection domain. Here's what that means — and doesn't mean.

Only one quality measure for SNFs under new CMS proposal

Only one quality measure for SNFs under new CMS proposal

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled a shorter-than-usual list of potential Medicare quality measures last week, with only one aimed at skilled nursing providers.

CMS Hospice Compare site plagued with wrong information

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently launched Hospice Compare website may be giving users incorrect location information for hospice providers, the agency said on Tuesday.

CMS gives providers a mug with a gift card

CMS gives providers a mug with a gift card

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Never have Rolling Stones' lyrics come faster into my head than when I saw the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would give an 18-month enforcement delay for certain Phase 2 regulations.

Disaster tools released

Disaster tools released

Disaster Management Systems announced a line of solutions for nursing homes and long-term care facilities to meet Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services standards.

Top execs gather at AHCA conference

Leaders of some of the most influential skilled nursing providers in the country will gather to discuss legislative and regulatory affairs and plot lobbying strategies Nov. 8-10 in Marana, AZ.

New survey process has 'learning curve for everybody,' CMS official says

New survey process has 'learning curve for everybody,' CMS official says

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NEW ORLEANS — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new survey process for nursing homes will challenge the sector with a "learning curve," but providers can stay on top of it by utilizing the agency's training resources, one CMS official advised on Monday.

ACOs saved Medicare more than $700 million in 2016

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Accountable care organizations participating in Medicare's Shared Savings and Pioneer models saved the program roughly $713 million last year — nearly double the amount of savings recorded in 2015.

'Complete management failure' led to Hollywood Hills nursing home deaths, CMS official says

'Complete management failure' led to Hollywood Hills nursing home deaths, CMS official says

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Recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico have led to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wanting to boost its emergency preparedness plans nationwide for future natural disasters, an official with the agency said Tuesday.

CMS clarifies staffing, care link under broad mega-rule

CMS clarifies staffing, care link under broad mega-rule

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What is the definition of sufficient staffing in a nursing home?

AHCA joins lawmakers in drive for greater flexibility dealing with new requirements of participation

AHCA joins lawmakers in drive for greater flexibility dealing with new requirements of participation

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The American Health Care Association is throwing its weight behind lawmakers' efforts to convince the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to revise the upcoming requirements of participation for long-term care providers.

CMS: Nursing homes with high antipsychotic rates should aim for a 15% reduction by end of 2019

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has met its latest goal for antipsychotic reduction in nursing homes, and with it set a new one for under-performing providers: cutting antipsychotic use by 15% over the next two years.

CMS withdraws proposal requiring LTC facilities to afford spousal rights to same-sex couples

CMS withdraws proposal requiring LTC facilities to afford spousal rights to same-sex couples

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has withdrawn a 2014 proposed rule that would have required long-term care facilities to recognize and ensure rights for same-sex marriages, according to a notice published Tuesday.

National testing of standardized post-acute data elements to start in November

National testing of standardized post-acute data elements to start in November

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Beta testing of standardized data elements for post-acute care will kick off in November in 14 geographic markets, officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the RAND Corporation disclosed on Thursday.

CMS to make Payroll Based Journaling data public starting Nov. 1

CMS to make Payroll Based Journaling data public starting Nov. 1

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin posting public use files of providers' Payroll Based Journaling data on Nov. 1, the agency said in a memo posted Monday.

Special national conference call on IMPACT Act Thursday

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hosting a special Open Door Forum conference call on the IMPACT Act at 2 p.m. ET Thursday.

CMS suspends surveys, allows providers to exceed bed capacity in states hit by Hurricane Harvey

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is extending some flexibilities for Medicare providers in Texas and Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Administrator Seema Verma said on Saturday.

You're not too busy to know this CMS news is good news

You're not too busy to know this CMS news is good news

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It's nice to have friends in high places. Even better if she speaks of clearing regulatory clutter.

New company launched around CMS requirements

RoP Learning launched last week as a company geared to help post-acute care providers meet new federal standards.

In case you missed it, there's a new Medicare audit process coming

In case you missed it, there's a new Medicare audit process coming

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it's understandable if a story we ran last — about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services revamping its Medicare audit process — slipped under your radar. Here's what you need to know to catch up.

Preparing for the upcoming BPCI model: Is your facility primed for success?

Preparing for the upcoming BPCI model: Is your facility primed for success?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' testing of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative has been largely successful.

Nursing homes' 1% Medicare pay increase 'unlikely' to cover costs, expert warns

Providers expressed gratitude Tuesday at a 1% increase from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for skilled nursing services, even as it braced for quality measure implementation.