- Drug resistant pathogen discovered in Ohio long-term care facility
A type of drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa discovered in an Ohio long-term care facility has killed one person and infected six others, according to research published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
- 2015 IPPS Final Rule released
A significant portion of updates in the Fiscal Year 2015 IPPS final rule pertain to the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, and the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program.
- CMS Fraud Prevention System identified or prevented over $210 million in improper Medicare payments
CMS reports that its Fraud Prevention System (FPS) identified or prevented more than $210.7 million in improper Medicare fee-for-service payments during fiscal year 2013, its second year in operation—almost double the returns from the first year of the program.
- ICD-10 compliance date officially set for October 1, 2015
HHS will release the final rule, Administrative Simplification: Change to the Compliance Date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD–10–CM and ICD-10-PCS) Medical Data Code Sets, in the Federal Register August 4.
- New bill would target improved care coordination for seniors
A bill introduced in the House of Representatives would target improved care coordination for seniors, adding it under the Older Americans Act.Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced the Care Coordination for Older Americans Act of 2014 to improve upon the Older Americans Act. While the bill, first enacted close to 50 years ago, targets improving the lives of seniors, it fails to look at the need for care coordination, which leads to preventable medical problems.
- IMPACT Act introduced in House
On Saturday, the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4994) was introduced in the House of Representatives and subsequently referred to both the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Energy and Commerce.