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  • Jimmo continues on

    Medicare officials continue to cite an “improvement standard” as a reason for withholding benefits from Glenda Jimmo, whose 2012 legal victory was supposed to end this type of denial, Kaiser Health News reported Monday. The situation shows why both beneficiaries and providers are confused about current policy, and why some nursing homes continue to expect business-as-usual.

  • NAHC creates Ebola task force for homecare workers

    Last week, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announced the creation of an Ebola task force, which is intended to help homecare agencies protect their workers and patients from the spread of the Ebola virus.

  • New test for sepsis reveals diagnosis in one hour

    Nursing home residents might benefit from a new way of diagnosing and treating sepsis made possible by a recent discovery out of the University of British Columbia.

  • 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. 

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