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In this issue: The 2017 OPTIMA Award winners, diabetes medication management, infection control programs, disaster planning and more.
Better record-keeping could help skilled nursing facilities protect themselves from litigation or penalties as regulators looks to cut down on improper discharges.
Residents, ombudsman, associations and consumer advocates are raising their voice about a growing number of allegedly improper evictions and discharges.
The agency has issued a temporary moratorium on the enforcement of eight specific Phase 2 F-Tags, although the new survey process begins this week as scheduled.
As the CMS regulations for infection control programs kick in, providers are finding that leadership matters as much as training.
The draft policy could reduce the likelihood of high civil money penalties against skilled nursing providers for immediate jeopardy deficiences that resulted in no harm or death.
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?
The criminal investigation into the eight South Florida nursing home deaths following Hurricane Irma is prompting a larger look at how long-term care facilities prepare—and practice—for natural disasters.
New CMS regulations are an opportunity for providers to write policies and practice procedures that can prepare staff for the unexpected.
A resident's advance directive has turned into a legal battle with family members who say the assisted living provider shouldn't be helping her eat.
Much like the Nursing Home Compare site for skilled nursing facilities, the new data comparison tool will allow consumers to see quality measures data on hospice and palliative care providers.
GOP senators make a few big changes to the BCRA bill but stick to their guns on tax repeals and cuts to Medicaid.