PDPM

Azar toes company line, which isn't half bad

Azar toes company line, which isn't half bad

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When the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services addressed a gathering of nursing home owners and operators Tuesday in Washington, it might not have been the HHS Secretary everyone had once hoped for. But at least he delivered his message straight and didn't drop any big surprises on anyone.

RCS-Done ... Tech Support, please!

RCS-Done ... Tech Support, please!

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I was all ready for my presentation on RCS-I, and then I literally lost power and had the run yanked out from under me at the same time.

Skilled care operators might want to curb their PDPM enthusiasm

Skilled care operators might want to curb their PDPM enthusiasm

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If some operators are getting the PDPM tingly-dinglys, I'm experiencing something else: a sense of déjà vu.

BREAKING NEWS: CMS gives skilled nursing 2.4% Medicare pay raise, unveils another new resident classification system

BREAKING NEWS: CMS gives skilled nursing 2.4% Medicare pay raise, unveils another new resident classification system

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In a flurry of activity late Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced an $850 million pay raise for skilled nursing facilities for fiscal 2019 that comes along with major simplifications to a previously pitched resident classification system.