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  • JAMDA: High hospice usage can reduce hospitalization risk for all nursing home residents

    Hospice can reduce the risk of hospitalization for all residents at a nursing home—regardless of whether if they are enrolled in the end-of-life care services or not, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA).

     

  • 2015 Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles to remain the same as past two years

    Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell announced October 9, 2014 that next year’s standard Medicare Part B monthly premium and deductible will remain the same as the last two years.

  • CMS Announces Two Medicare Quality Improvement Initiatives

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two initiatives to improve the quality of post-acute care. First, the expansion and strengthening of the agency’s widely-used Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes will improve consumer information about individual nursing homes’ quality. Second, proposed new conditions of participation for home health agencies willmodernize Medicare’s Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation to ensure safe delivery of quality care to home health patients. 

  • ACO bill would waive 3-midnight rule for SNFs

    Certain Accountable Care Organizations would be able to send Medicare beneficiaries to a skilled nursing facility without a prior hospital stay under a bipartisan bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives.

  • 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.

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