- New blood test for Alzheimer's is promising
The latest Alzheimer's blood test is promising; as it appears to accurately predict the disease 10 years before a clinical diagnosis could be made, researchers announced Sunday. Their findings appeared in the online version of The FASEB Journal, The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, in late October.
- Intervention program can curb depression among older home health patients, new study shows
A routine intervention program may provide relief to older home health patients who suffer from moderate to severe depression, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
- MedPAC wants to eliminate observation stay
Observation status is not working as a way of classifying hospital patients and should be eliminated, members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission proposed at a Nov. 6 meeting.The increasing prevalence of hospital observation stays has been of sharp concern to post-acute providers. Under current rules, Medicare will only cover skilled nursing services after a beneficiary spends three days as a hospital inpatient, and time spent in observation is not counted toward this threshold. About 11,000 hospital stays ended with a non-covered discharge to a skilled nursing facility in 2012, staffers told MedPAC members during a presentation last Thursday.
- OIG 2015 work plan to address home health payments, hospice setting specifics
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released its work plan for fiscal year 2015, which will address several salient issues each for the home health and hospice communities.
- OIG releases Work Plan for FY 2015
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 provides brief descriptions of activities that the OIG plans to initiate or continue in FY 2015. The following key items are addressed in the FY 2015 work plan for Nursing Homes.
- CMS releases 2015 PPS final rule for home health
On Thursday, CMS released the 2015 PPS final rule for home health, which heralds some good news for providers, particularly on the therapy reassessment and face-to-face fronts.