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Is senior care going to pot?

October 7, 2016  |  Alan C. Horowitz, RN, Esq.

As more states pass laws legalizing medical marijuana, how will federal lawmakers react to the new climate?

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.

3 tips for finding the perfect MDS coordinator

October 4, 2016  |  By Terry Raser, RN

A veteran RN/MDS Coordinator discusses what skills and assessments are most important when hiring a new employee in the crucial role of overseeing the facility's Minimum Data Set documentation.


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.

MedPAC and the 5-star rating systems

September 29, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

MedPAC is speaking out against CMS’ new five-star rating system for hospitals, citing flaws and unecessary reporting. Will the initiative spill over into senior care as well?

CMS issues emergency preparedness rule

September 9, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found current preparedness regulations were not comprehensive enough to address the complexities of emergency preparedness. The agency has issued new requirements that follow industry best practices for each...

Judge: CMS fails to educate on maintenance therapy coverage changes

August 24, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Too many beneficiaries—and their doctors—still don’t realize that maintenance therapies are now covered by Medicare, ruled a U.S. District Court judge.

CMS releases more cost data for Part D drugs

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

The latest data is a follow-on to the agency’s March report and provides additional cost data on the most-used drugs, the highest-cost drugs and other metrics for trend analyses.

CMS to SNFs: Get your social media policies in place

August 11, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

CMS has issued a notice to state officials to ensure nursing homes have proper policies in place to prohibit employees from capturing footage of residents and sharing on social media with the intent to humiliate or make fun of them.

CMS begins new 5-star rating calculations

August 10, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun using the latest quality measure additions to calculate nursing homes’ five-star quality ratings on the Nursing Home Compare site.

Md. healthcare provider sentenced for fraud, patient death

August 9, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A Maryland healthcare provider who operated a portable X-ray business primarily for seniors has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for insurance fraud that resulted in two known patient deaths.

Patients must be notified of hospital 'observation status'

August 8, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The Notice Act, which went into effect Saturday, would requires hospitals to notify patients of their outpatient status to warn them of potential out-of-pocket hospital expenses and impact on possible nursing home stays funded by Medicare.


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