CMS Proposes Removing Requirements for Unnecessary Rules

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Compliance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced  a proposed rule, “Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilties: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency and Transparency” (CMS-3347-P). This proposed rule would increase facilities’ ability to devote their resources to improving resident care. The proposed rule would, among other provisions: Reduce  the frequency that LTC facilities are required to …

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ACL Releases Annual Profile of Older Americans

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The Administration for Community Living’s annual report for 2018 is out and is full of valuable information for any healthcare provider. Here is a quick list of some of the highlights of this incredibly detailed demographics report. Over the past 10 years, the population age 65 and over increased from 37.8 million in 2007 to 50.9 million in 2017 (a …

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New Data Shows Best Practices for Treatment of Chronic Pain in the Elderly

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Training

Resources for Integrated Care, a website dedicated to adults dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare, has released a new webinar to help participants identify common causes of pain among the elderly, utilize effective treatment, and help older adults self-manage pain in a healthy way. Ineffective treatment of this kind of constant pain often leads to serious health concerns for the …

CMS Announces Five Step Plan for Better Nursing Home Quality

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

CMS will undertake a comprehensive review of their regulations, guidelines, internal structure, and processes related to safety and nursing home quality by developing a five-part plan to ensure the care provided in America’s nursing homes is of the highest possible quality. Strengthen Oversite CMS plans to first strengthen oversight. The CMS oversees State Survey Agencies (SSA) which are required to …

OIG Releases Study on the Assessment of State Background Checks for LTC Providers

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Compliance

The National Background Check Program (Program) provides grants to States to develop systems to conduct background checks of State and Federal criminal history records for prospective long-term-care employees. Congress mandates that the Office of Inspector General evaluate various aspects of Program implementation. This report provides an assessment of States that concluded Program participation prior to 2017, and it also provides …

Nursing Facility Influenza Study Opens Enrollment

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

A team of nationally recognized long-term care researchers from Brown University Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, and Vincent Mor, PhD, are undertaking a large-scale quality improvement study to evaluate the impact of the annual influenza vaccine choice on long-term care facility residents’ hospitalization risk for the 2019-2020 influenza season. Nursing facilities that meet eligibility and agree to participate will be allocated …

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CDC Issues Health Advisory Regarding Influenza

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

CDC reminds clinicians to have a high suspicion for influenza and recommends rapid antiviral treatment of high-risk patients with suspected influenza. Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this health advisory to notify clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States, with an increasing proportion of activity due to influenza A(H3N2) viruses, continued circulation …

Updated OIG Exclusion Database is Now Available

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

The LEIE Downloadable Databases are available HERE. You may open the file in a database program such as Microsoft Access, a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel, or whichever software program you normally use.