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The secret to reducing hospitalizations: APRNs

December 6, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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A Missouri skilled nursing program reduced unnecessary hospitalizations by nearly 50 percent by using full-time APRNs, according to a CMS report.

FDA approves, CMS proposes coverage for extensive cancer genomic test

December 6, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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The FoundationOne CDx (F1CDx) is a diagnostic test that can detect gene mutations for cancer, and its potential to help patients has spurred the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pay for qualifying beneficiaries to be screened. 

CMS puts 18-mo. hold on certain enforcements, 5-star ratings

November 29, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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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.

CMS adds online tool for quality measures

November 21, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The web-accessible version of the CMS Measures Inventory Tool (CMIT) will make it easier for providers to track their quality measures across the care continuum.

CMS proposes new Immediate Jeopardy policy for SNFs

November 9, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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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 proposes new Immediate Jeopardy policy for nursing homes

November 6, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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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.
 

Immediate jeopardy: True or false?

October 17, 2017  |  Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN
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An immediate jeopardy deficiency can cost providers dearly in finances and reputation. But what if it’s not true? Legal expert Alan C. Horowitz discusses a recent case where the provider challenged CMS over nearly $1 million in fines—and won.

Price resigns from HHS: Now what?

October 1, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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As the head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services steps down amid scandal over the use of travel funds, how will it affect the swirl of unsolved healthcare issues?

Medicaid cuts could cause greater care gaps

September 29, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News
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An analysis of Nusing Home Compare shows cuts to Medicaid could harm the poorest residents and lowest-rated facilities that will have to do more with less. That could cost the government even more. 

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?

5 must-haves for emergency preparedness planning

September 6, 2017  |  Martie Moore
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New CMS regulations are an opportunity for providers to write policies and practice procedures that can prepare staff for the unexpected. 

CMS launches Hospice Compare site

August 16, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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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.

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