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July 14, 2017

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced, "The Senate will delay the start of the August recess until the third week of August.” Work on health care reform still tops the list of issues to address. Earlier this month the Senate delayed voting on the...

July 14, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued their proposed rule that would update Medicare payment and policies for doctors and other clinicians who treat Medicare patients in CY 2018.

The Physician Fee Schedule is updated annually to include changes to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for...

July 12, 2017

We read with interest the review by Willoughby et al examining mortality in nursing home residents following emergency evacuation.1 We recently reviewed interventions and facility attributes that affect outcomes of nursing home residents whose facilities experience a natural or manmade disaster.2 Like that of Willoughby, our review concluded...

July 12, 2017

Minerals may contribute to prevent and treat sarcopenia, the age-related loss of muscle mass, muscle strength, and physical performance. So far, there is no comprehensive review on the impact of minerals on sarcopenia outcomes. The aim of this systematic review is to evaluate the role of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium...

July 12, 2017

Approximately 25% of individuals who are diagnosed with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) revert to normal cognition (NC) rather than progressing to Alzheimer disease (AD). However, the prevalence of progression and reversion among older people in Asia remains unclear.

July 12, 2017

Measure the clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness of using sensor data from an environmentally embedded sensor system for early illness recognition. This sensor system has demonstrated in pilot studies to detect changes in function and in chronic diseases or acute illnesses on average 10 days to 2 weeks before usual assessment methods...

July 7, 2017

On June 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues a Survey and Certification (S&C) memo outlining changes to the Interpretive Guidance of the revised Requirements for Participation (located in Appendix PP of the State Operation Manual). The memo includes:

  • Revised Interpretive Guidance: In September 2016,
  • ...
July 7, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new resources to help clinicians successfully participate in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Visit the Resource...

July 7, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new Quality Payment Program (QPP) webpage dedicated to doctors and other clinicians working in small or rural practices as well as those treating patients in underserved areas. This page...