In a 400 + page proposal, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), set forth sweeping changes to regulations for the long term care industry. The massive changes would be the first to nursing home regulations since 1991. The aim of the proposed changes would be to improve quality of care and quality […]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made revisions to twenty F-Tags in the State Operations Manual (SOM). The changes reflect the Survey and Certification (S&C) policy memos issued from October 2003 through May 2014.
CMS states it is committed to revising and updating the SOM which includes clarifications to guidelines and changes […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new pilot program that will hopefully alleviate the backlog of Medicare Part B claims that have been appealed to the Administrative Law Judge level. Settlement Conference Facilitation will be a pilot alternative dispute resolution process by which the appellant and CMS will be […]
Do you know where your work laptop is? Do you get work e-mail on your smartphone? Are both sufficiently password protected? What about your business associates? Do you believe they sufficiently protect all protected health information they have in their possession? It would probably be a good idea to take another look at […]
In Mississippi, a man obtained access to the continuing care retirement community where a U.S. State Senator’s wife was being cared for due to dementia. The man, Clayton Kelly, took an unauthorized photograph of the Senator’s wife. He then used that photograph in a video that he used in his political blog to […]
On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Governor Dave Heineman vetoed LB 916, which would have eliminated the requirements that nurse practitioners enter into integrated practice agreements with physicians. They would still be required to work collaboratively with physicians and other care providers. The bill would have changed provisions to credentialing and regulation of nurse […]
In a report released by the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), more than one in five Medicare beneficiaries receiving skilled care after a hospitalization experiences an adverse event. The study defined an adverse event as harm that resulted in a longer stay in the skilled nursing facility or […]
On March 24, 2014, the Nebraska Legislature passed LB854. The bill recognizes that there is a need for sufficient planning and input from stakeholders, including service providers and consumers, in order to establish an effective managed care system for Medicaid recipients. In order to protect the state’s most vulnerable citizens, LB854 states that the […]
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has started a new website to help long term care providers gain access to information and resources to help in the prevention of infections in nursing home residents. The site provides information to clinical staff, infection control coordinators and residents.
The CDC estimates that there are 1 […]
The Nebraska Legislature began its 2014 session on January 8th and over the first ten days of the session Senators introduced several pieces of legislation which could potentially impact nursing home facilities throughout Nebraska.
Senators Steve Lathrop and Les Seiler have proposed amendments to the Nebraska Hospital-Medical Liability Act to increase the amount recoverable from […]