- LTC worker flu vaccination rates remain low
Long-term care workers continued to have low rates of flu vaccination last season, despite there being 92% vaccination coverage overall among physicians and nurses, according to the CDC's FluVaxView website.
- CMS releases updated version of the Minimum Data Set manual
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an updated version of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument manual Monday.
- AHCA pushing for CMS to urge Congress for LTC changes
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should openly urge Congress to change the way therapy services are reimbursed, The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA) stated in recent written comments to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
- CMS offers deal to hospitals to reduce backlog of appeals
In an effort to reduce the backlog of Medicare claims appeals that has hindered long-term care and other providers, CMS is offering a new way to settle some cases. Hospitals could receive a partial payment if they withdraw appeals related to inpatient status, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Friday.
- Restrictive diets provide little benefit for residents in long-term care
Research has shown that restrictive diets add little benefit for older adults in long-term care, and they might even be harmful. Concerning issues are weight loss and meal rejection. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have sent letters to state survey agencies notifying them of its support for new dining practice standards.
- More oversight needed for SNFs to correctly report abuse allegations
Only about half of nursing facilities correctly reported abuse or neglect allegations in 2012, indicating that the government needs to provide more guidance and oversight, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General.