- 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.
- 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.