Skilled nursing operators now have greater flexibility in allowing non-physicians to do certain tasks. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified what may be delegated in an April 3 brief.
Quality measures recommended for dual eligible coordination programs
Jun 04, 2012
Implementing an effective quality measurement system is paramount in improving care and lowering costs in the dual eligible population, according to a new stakeholder report.
‘Doc fix’ might hurt a little
Feb 24, 2012
President Obama has signed legislation that delays a pay cut for doctors treating Medicare patients. That comes as good news for physicians, but not so much for nursing facilities.
Health insurer proposes plan for dual eligibles
Oct 18, 2010
Enrolling those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid in managed-care plans could save the United States up to $1.62 trillion over the next 25 years, according to health insurance giant UnitedHealth...
MedPAC: Promising care models for dual eligibles face challenges
Apr 06, 2010
Problems persist when it comes to enrolling seniors dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid into integrated care programs, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission staff recently said.
New law strives to keep older adults at home
Mar 31, 2010
When you read between the lines of the healthcare reform law, its general intent becomes clear: The law is about increasing home- and community-based services (HCBS), and improving wellness and prevention.
Federal government gives states more than $4 billion to help with Medicare Part D ‘clawback’...
Feb 22, 2010
The Obama administration is granting $4.3 billion to states to help them offset the cost of Medicare drug coverage for those dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.
Governor makes case for transferring costs of dual eligibles to federal government
Jan 14, 2010
New York Gov. David Paterson (D) is attempting to build a “national, bipartisan movement” among big states to shift the costs of dual eligible beneficiaries to the federal government, according...
Cardin amendment would work to expand assisted living residents’ access to prescription drugs
Dec 10, 2009
Assisted living providers and advocates are cheering this week after Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced an amendment to the healthcare reform bill that seeks to improve some assisted living residents’...
Long-term care advocates applaud provisions in Senate healthcare reform bill
Nov 20, 2009
The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging gave kudos to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others for including the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act in...