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BPCI Model 3: Bonanza or boondoggle?

October 6, 2016  |  Kevin R. McMahon

There’s an argument to be made for being an early adopter with Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Model 3, but there are also questions about how much participants will ultimately save.

Feds propose improvements to PACE

September 30, 2016  |  Robert Gatty

The proposed plan is intended to streamline and improve the federal Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) to help seniors avoid nursing home care.

CMS' Final Rule: Is it a win for residents?

September 30, 2016  |  Tom Ealey and Elizabeth Cameron, JD, MBA

Two business administration academics take an early look at what CMS' Final Rule for long-term care reform legislation will mean.

NOTICE Act takes effect

August 25, 2016  |  Robert Gatty

Advocacy groups are urging Congress to pass additional legislation on the NOTICE Act to allow observation time to count toward the required three-day inpatient stay for Medicare. Federal officials are also considering arbitration agreement provisions.

Illinois signs bill for dementia care regulations

August 22, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The state is the latest to mandate certification for facilities that provide care services for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Seniors concerned about presidential candidates’ plans for Social Security

August 18, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Likely female voters age 50 and up in battleground states say Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump aren’t talking much about Social Security but that the next president will have to update the program, according to a survey commissioned by AARP. 

MedPAC launches plan for new payment system

June 30, 2016  |  Robert Gatty

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) submits it recommendations to Congress for how to establish a unified, cross-setting post-acute care payment system. The plan would redistribute payments among types of stays, making profits more uniform and...

Challenges to EHR implementation

June 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A new study on implementation of electronic health records (EHR) has identified several obstacles for doctors, chief among them poor user experience.

House Republicans propose healthcare system overhaul

June 26, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Republicans from the U.S. House of Representatives announced a healthcare reform proposal that would challenge parts of the Affordable Care Act but retain some of the Act’s more popular provisions.

Unified PAC payment feasible, MedPAC says

June 25, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has issued its annual report on refinements to Medicare payment systems and on issues affecting the medicare program

Medicare could cover comprehensive Alzheimer’s care plan

June 8, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Congressional subcommittees have proposed changes to the Social Security Act to cover an initial care plan for Medicare beneficiaries newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to help them understand the disease and treatment options.

The fate of your stars: CMS and the new quality measures

May 23, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

As the opening keynote at the Memory Care Forum in Philadelphia, NASL policy guru Cynthia Morton discusses what’s coming next from CMS on long-term care quality measures and how that data might affect your five-star quality rating.


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