Regulations

New perspectives on aging and healthcare

New perspectives on aging and healthcare

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Three new books on aging and healthcare recently crossed my desk, each with completely different takes on our industry. Each has merit for anyone involved with senior care.

Are we entering skilled care's Golden Age? The answer might surprise you.

Are we entering skilled care's Golden Age? The answer might surprise you.

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It's very possible historians may look back at 2018 as a kind of Golden Age for skilled care. No, I have not been drinking.

LeadingAge fires back at Senators wanting tougher nursing home enforcement

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Two weeks after a dozen Senators expressed "deep concern" about the impact of delaying and reducing financial penalties against nursing homes, one of the profession's leading groups is firing back.

These 3 won't happen

These 3 won't happen

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There's nothing quite like a new calendar to get media types acting like story forecasters. What might be more helpful is a brief list of things that won't be taking place.

Super Tuesday webinar Feb. 13: The year of value, quality and efficiencies

Super Tuesday webinar Feb. 13: The year of value, quality and efficiencies

A McKnight's Super Tuesday webinar at 1 p.m. ET on Feb. 13 will offer strategies for achieving financial, clinical and operational success in the months ahead.

Nursing home advocates allege state's financial, regulatory policies are pushing providers out

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Financial pressure and increased enforcement are driving skilled nursing operators out of Kansas, industry advocates told members of the state Legislature last week.

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.

Three things that won't happen in long-term care during 2018

Three things that won't happen in long-term care during 2018

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Last week I offered three fearless predictions for the year ahead in long-term care. So without further ado, here are three predictions every long-term care operator can count on. As in, count on NOT to occur.

Trump administration scaling back nursing home fines: report

Trump administration scaling back nursing home fines: report

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Shortly before President Donald Trump was inaugurated, the American Health Care Association sent him a letter asking for regulatory relief, with one of the group's top executives later saying the organization felt "very optimistic" about the odds of getting some.

Certain healthcare words are worth fighting for

Certain healthcare words are worth fighting for

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Last week, long-term care providers likely celebrated the slashing of regulations announced by the Trump administration. This week, they should be appalled by a move that may impact how they do their jobs.

Congress told: pharmacy distribution reform severely needed

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The president and CEO of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition warned the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Wednesday that pharmacy benefits managers are bad for business, for both consumers and the federal government.

Lawmaker raises concerns over potential conflicts of interest with health rules

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Using private sector consultants to help rewrite health regulations "raises a number of issues" if they still have ties to the healthcare industry, according to a top House lawmaker.

Health regulations should be pared back, CMS administrator says

Health regulations should be pared back, CMS administrator says

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Deregulation in the healthcare industry will help providers focus more on care outcomes, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Friday.

Post-acute providers putting billions into regulatory compliance, report finds

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The healthcare industry spends roughly $39 billion annually on regulatory compliance efforts, with post-acute care providers bearing the brunt, a new report shows.

Promising signs on the regulatory front

Promising signs on the regulatory front

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President Trump is no fan of regulations, and long-term care operators have more than their fair share to contend with. So it's a welcome breeze when Trump says he wants to start eliminating some regulations. But the industry ought to do something more on its own.

Be proactive with new CMS regulations

Be proactive with new CMS regulations

If you wait to only react to the process, you will have to bite off more than you can chew when the deadlines come.

Ask the payment expert ... about regs vs. resident choice

Ask the payment expert ... about regs vs. resident choice

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We are going through culture change and wonder if surveyors will be more lenient with regulations if we do something that is resident choice?

Ask the nursing expert ... about overseeing immunizations

Ask the nursing expert ... about overseeing immunizations

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I am a new assistant director of nursing and my administrator asked me to oversee immunizations. Where do I start?

Ask the care expert ... about interpretive guidance

Ask the care expert ... about interpretive guidance

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I heard there was communication to surveyors on being required to cite the regulation and not the interpretive guidance. Where can I find this?

A survey and regulatory review of 2013

A survey and regulatory review of 2013

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It's important to do a review that considers your region and state. Identify how complaints and care deficiencies were handled last year.

Why nursing homes won't be catching many breaks this year

Why nursing homes won't be catching many breaks this year

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When you talk to experts in this field about the year ahead, an unsettling pattern soon emerges. Almost everyone seems fairly confident that regulators will be taking a much closer look at operators.

Ask the nursing expert ... about filling leadership positions

Ask the nursing expert ... about filling leadership positions

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I have three leadership positions open in my facility and I just can't seem to find what I am looking for. Any suggestions?

CMS wants burdens eased

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Providers will have their say about the future of Medicare Administrative Contractors.

Where in the !@#$% are their inspection processes?

Where in the !@#$% are their inspection processes?

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What if compounding pharmacies were given even a quarter of the scrutiny of long-term care inspections? If that were done, I don't believe there would be a fungus among us!

Once again the war on drugs forgets LTC

Once again the war on drugs forgets LTC

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A proposed reclassification of painkillers is one more example of how the long-term care setting gets left out of policy discussions, and frail elders will pay the price.

Nursing homes no longer subject to independent pharmacist regulation

Nursing homes no longer subject to independent pharmacist regulation

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Federal regulators have reversed a controversial proposal that would have required facilities to hire consultant pharmacists to review residents' medications.

Here's how you can effectively schedule rehab

Here's how you can effectively schedule rehab

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When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services implemented its latest rounds of new and stricter regulations, the groan was heard throughout nursing homes across the country. But, I have good news: It is possible to keep an efficient schedule and here's how ...

Whatchamacallit

Whatchamacallit

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I'll bet that "regdiculous" and "disgustipating" would become a part of normal vocabulary at your workplace immediately.