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March 3, 2017

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) recently introduced the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (S.178). The goal of S.178 is to minimize elder abuse and exploitation, and to establish an infrastructure within the...

February 24, 2017

A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MLN Matters Article on Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) Instructions is now available. The article gives instructions on how to use the...

February 17, 2017

Congressman Tom Price, MD, (R-GA) was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 52-47 to service as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Secretary Price is an orthopedic surgeon that has been in support of repealing the Affordable Care Act. He has also been a long time delegate to the American Medical Association’s...

February 1, 2017

Are you clear on which pneumococcal vaccine is appropriate for your patients or loved ones?

Hi – I’m Christopher Laxton,...

February 3, 2017

As of July 1, 2016, electronic submission of staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is mandatory for all long-term care facilities. You have up to 45 days after the end of the quarter to submit data for Federal Fiscal Quarter 1 (October 1, 2016-December 31, 2016.) The final submission file for this quarter is due on February 14,...

February 3, 2017

This week, the Society worked with the Observation Status Coalition to submit a question during the Senate Finance Committee’s confirmation hearing for Representative Tom Price (R-GA), nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), sponsor of the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act, asked “If confirmed,...

February 3, 2017

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill and a resolution that would prevent the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) process from moving forward. The resolution comes before the February 1st statutory deadline required to discontinue the process.

The IPAB was set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to make recommendations to...

January 27, 2017

This week, two pieces of legislation were introduced as replacements for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the Patient Freedom Act of 2017. While Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced S. 222, the Obamacare Replacement Act...

January 20, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted the second annual release of the Skilled Nursing Facility Public Use File (Skilled Nursing Facility PUF) with data for 2014. The Skilled Nursing Facility PUF presents summarized information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by skilled nursing facilities. It contains...