Providers must take more nuanced approach to visitors, CMS nursing home chief warns
Oct 13, 2021
OXON HILL, MD — Federal regulators are expecting nursing homes to do more to “maximize visitation,” according to a top official at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Take advantage of PDPM before it’s too late: experts
Oct 11, 2021
With the future of the Patient Driven Payment Model, at least as it’s currently constructed, up in the air, now is the time for providers to ensure they are accurately capturing resident needs and acuity...
Federal guidance on vaccine mandate ‘can’t come soon enough’: expert
Oct 08, 2021
Guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all healthcare workers can’t come soon enough for those in nursing homes, according to one industry...
CMS ‘getting pretty close’ to releasing details of COVID-19 vaccination mandate
James M. Berklan
Oct 05, 2021
Long-term care providers and other healthcare employers remain in the dark as to what will be required with the federal government’s impending COVID-19 vaccination mandate for employees.
CMS program had unintended outcome for Black residents with dementia, study suggests
Oct 01, 2021
The rate of schizophrenia diagnoses rose significantly for Black nursing home residents with dementia after the CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care launched in 2012, a new analysis finds.
Nursing homes, feds hide sky-high antipsychotic use with dubious diagnoses: report
Sep 20, 2021
At least one-fifth of nursing home residents are taking the drugs, many for schizophrenia, a diagnosis that has skyrocketed in these settings since 2012, a new investigation finds.
CMS leaning on providers to form new PDPM pay rates
Sep 16, 2021
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is relying on data metrics regarding trends or changes in provider behavior, payments and beneficiary care quality as it considers potential adjustments to...
New CMS guidance allows focused COVID testing during outbreak investigations
Sep 13, 2021
Updated guidance released Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gives nursing homes more options for conducting a COVID-19 outbreak investigation after a positive test occurs.
Panel on non-invasive ventilation seeks to simplify ‘maze’ of regulation for device coverage
Aug 20, 2021
Recommendations aimed at expediting CMS coverage determinations for non-invasive ventilation devices could help ensure that LTCF residents and others get quick access to lifesaving treatments.
CMS: Providers themselves hold the key to regulators’ ultimate PDPM decision
Aug 06, 2021
Provider comments will be vital in determining the fate of potential pay adjustments to the Patient Driven Payment Model, federal health officials said Thursday.