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Ed McMahon, Ph.D., Vice President of Quality, Sunrise Senior Living

60 seconds with … Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

Q: You recently received the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award from the American Health Care Association. What are some of the biggest current obstacles to improving quality in long-term care?

DOJ forces observation stay showdown

Hospitals have been cast in a harsh light by long-term care advocates recently for allegedly over-using “observation stay” status. The practice can ultimately deny some patients subsequent Medicare coverage for nursing home admission.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD)

Congressman requests briefing on nursing home five-star rating system

A leader in Congress has called for an evaluation of the nursing home five-star rating system in light of a recent New York Times article. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) requested that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials brief his staff by Sept. 16. One area of concern is the heavy reliance on nursing homes’ self-reported data about staffing levels and quality of care, which may not be regularly audited for accuracy, Cummings stated in his Aug. 26 letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

Also in the news for August 28, 2014 . . .

Marijuana compound slows Alzheimer’s … CBO: Medicare spending for 2014 will be $9 billion less than projected … Former nursing home bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzling $188,000 … Lack of naturally occurring protein linked to dementia

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