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CMS adds quality measures to 5-star rating system

April 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adds six new quality measures to the Nursing Home Compare system, including data on short-stay residents' trips to the emergency room.

Are you ready for PBJ transactions?

April 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

With the new CMS reporting requirements looming, skilled nursing facilities are gearing up for the mandatory Payroll-Based Journal data transactions for direct-care workers.

CMS proposes payment boost, new reporting system for hospice

April 22, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Hospice may see a 2 percent increase in reimbursements in 2017, but new reporting requirements could go into effect as well, according to a new CMS proposal.

UnitedHealthcare pulls out of most state health marketplaces

April 20, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The largest private insurer in the country has announced it will be ending its participation in most state healthcare marketplace exchanges, but it has some new plans for the future.

OSHA gives whistleblower status for employee food safety complaints

April 18, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released the final rule that gives protection to employees who serve as whistleblowers on food safety violations.

CMS imposes fines of more than $278k for Woodbriar Health Center

April 8, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has imposed steep fines and threatened to terminate Woodbriar Health Center from its programs if serious problems are not resolved by next week.

Focused Dementia Care Surveys: What You Need to Know

April 5, 2016  |  Lisa Hohlbein, RN, RAC-MT, CDP, CADDCT

CMS is moving forward with new surveyor tools for facilities that offer dementia care. does your staff know how to document for the new survey?

Calif. agrees to $15 minimum wage

April 1, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The state of California legislature has passed a bill to raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 gradually over the next six years.

Watch your back

March 24, 2016  |  Judah Gutwein, LNHA

As OSHA rules become more stringent, senior living organizations are giving more attention to healthy habits to avoid staff back injuries—and not just when lifting a resident.

Preparing residents for emergencies

March 23, 2016  |  Stan Szpytek

All long-term living communities need protocols for managing a wide range of incidents whether the law requires it or not, and residents need to be part of the annual practice drills, says safety expert Stan Szpytek.

Harness the MDS for dementia care

March 7, 2016  |  Judi Kulus, MSN, RN, NHA, RAC-MT

The federally mandated minimum data set (MDS) is a documentation tool caregivers use every day that can help ensure quality dementia care.

Washington state votes to oversee CCRCs

March 4, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The state is one of the first to pass legislature to bulk up consumer protections relating to continuing care retirement communities. Could your CCRC meet their new requirements?


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