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COVID-19 song lightens mood

Singing to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” Maryland-based operator Nexion Health used a music video to help raise awareness on how providers can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their facilities.

Marc Zimmet

Caution amid PDPM glow

Daily pay rates in November under the Patient Driven Payment Model were above federal regulators’ forecast by an estimated 5.27%, a report released in late January by the Zimmet Healthcare Services Group and CORE Analytics program found.

Drugs mend ‘broken heart’

When a close loved one dies, normal emotional trauma is accompanied by a greater risk of heart attack. But short-term preventive drug therapy may reduce the odds of experiencing this “broken heart,” cardiologists say.

Lawmakers ask CMS about cut

Nearly 100 U.S. lawmakers sent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma a letter in mid-February, expressing concerns over a plan that would slice 8% from Medicare payments for physical and occupational therapy services.

CMS to unify eight ‘Compare’ websites

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently said that it plans to combine and standardize its eight separate consumer-facing “Compare” websites, including Nursing Home Compare. Long-term care providers generally lauded the announcement.

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