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CMS will up its weekend inspections of nursing homes

December 4, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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The CMS notified state survey agencies it will use payroll-based staffing data to identify facilities with reduced weekend staffing, and require the agencies to conduct at least 50% of off-hours surveys of those facilities on weekends, starting immediately...

Northern Light Beacon Health ACO and tech firm team up

November 8, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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It's the first health care organization in Maine to implement the PatientPing technology that will link it to a growing network of New England providers.

Accountable care organizations save money at cost of skilled nursing

August 29, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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The Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model netted Medicare about $62 million in net savings in its first year of operations — and cutting spending in skilled nursing facilities was a key driver for the decrease.

MedPAC report focuses on long-term care, referrals

June 20, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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MedPAC said this system results in Medicare’s fee-for-service payments varying greatly from setting to setting.

North Carolina lawmaker pushes for legislation to protect seniors in assisted living facilities

May 10, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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A state legislator told Channel 9 Tuesday there are loopholes in North Carolina that let assisted living facilities take advantage of seniors by hiking prices or even kicking them out.

Accountable care organizations benefiting from skilled nursing woes

March 6, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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Skilled nursing providers have long been wary of accountable care organizations (ACOs), fearing that the models’ emphasis on cost-sharing might drive dollars away from their buildings. And a new study shows that those concerns might be grounded in reality...

Bye-bye, CMMI?

September 20, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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CMS Administrator Seema Verma has announced the dawn of big changes at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). What will happen to all the bundled payment projects?

House passes AHCA bill by 4 votes

May 4, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The promise of $8 billion for high-risk and pre-existing conditions pushed the bill in the GOP's favor. The bill now moves on to the Senate, where the margins for passage are predicted to be tougher.

The repeal and replace bill: Medicaid's most dangerous enemy?

March 8, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The GOP's long-awaited bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is here--but its vision may be dangerously shortsighted.

CMS issues final rule for cardiac bundled payments

December 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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CMS released its latest episodic care models Tuesday, including the 90-day bundles for heart and bypass patients.

CMS to test new ACO model for dual-eligibles

December 18, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The pilot will let accountable care organizations manage the Medicaid claims for beneficiaries who receive both Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

What impact will Trump’s victory have on value-based healthcare?

November 9, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal and Heather Landi
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As Republicans take control of the executive and legislative branches, how will the new Administration impact healthcare's initiatives and priorities? Healthcare information technology experts weigh in on key policy issues moving forward.

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