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House subcommittee hears about bundled payments from post-acute care groups

April 17, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Fans and foes of the proposed BACPAC Act, which would bundle payments for post-acute care providers, testified during a recent House subcommittee hearing.

Observation status is focus of AARP report

April 17, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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A new report from the AARP’s Public Policy Institute details the effects on Medicare beneficiaries who stay in a hospital under observation status rather than being admitted, and it offers recommendations to address the issue.

Workplace violence: A continuing concern of nurses

April 15, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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The American Nurses Association seeks public comment on its draft proposal of recommendations to prevent violence to ensure workplace safety by April 30 deadline.

Healthy aging is topic of first White House Conference on Aging policy brief

April 14, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Healthy aging is the topic of the first policy brief released by the White House Conference on Aging. Additional briefs, on the other key topics being examined by the conference are expected in the future.

Pharmacy group launches website

April 14, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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The Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition, launched in January, has announced its new website.

Home health focus of two bills

April 13, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Increasing the scope of practice for ABRNs and PAs who work in home healthcare, and reimbursing for HCBS for low-income, Medicare-only beneficiaries who need help with two or more ADLs, are the goals of two bipartisan bills introduced in Congress.

3 safety concerns to consider in long-term care

April 8, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Wherever patients are treated, their safety needs to be ensured. ECRI Institute has compiled a list of safety concerns for healthcare organizations that long-term care providers can benefit from.

AMDA names new officers, board members

April 1, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine has announced its 2015–2016 officers and board members.

LeadingAge advocacy day brings 300 to Capitol Hill

April 1, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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More than 300 members of LeadingAge headed to Capitol Hill March 17 to talk with their representatives. The event coincided with the organization’s PEAK Summit, at which the group’s new Thrive initiative was discussed.

Hospice, home care providers march on Washington

March 27, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Defining the work week and expanding caregiver duties were two of the issues on the table as the National Association for Home Care & Hospice March on Washington took place March 22 to 25.

ALFA unhappy with VA's proposed definition of ADLs

March 18, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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The Assisted Living Federation of America responsed to a benefits eligibility rule proposed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you’d like to do so, you have until March 24.

Rehab groups disappointed in MedPAC recommendation

March 18, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Two groups representing rehabilitation providers are expressing disappointment in MedPAC’s recent report to Congress, which recommends providing comparable reimbursement for rehabilitation provided at inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and nursing homes.

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