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April 29, 2017

Hand hygiene is the single-most important nursing home (NH) infection control measure. We piloted a multifaceted hand-washing/surface cleaning intervention in 5 NHs. Our aims were to assess the feasibility of implementing this intervention by assessing staff participation, satisfaction, hand-washing compliance, and whether the intervention was...

April 28, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been reviewing claims and is now letting practices know which clinicians need to take part in...

April 28, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is tracking the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes by reviewing publicly reported measures. The official measure of the Partnership is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding...

April 28, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created seven short videos from a recent webinar for clinicians in small, rural, and underserved practices on Getting Started with the Quality Payment Program. Each video is 15 minutes or...

April 22, 2017

Delirium is common in acute, postacute, and long-term care settings, and it can be difficult to recognize, especially without deliberate mental status evaluation. Because delirium typically presents with altered arousal and arousal can be assessed within a matter of seconds, routine assessment of arousal offers an efficient means of delirium...

April 21, 2017

On May 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin accepting Notices of Intent to Apply (NOIA) for the January 1, 2018 start date. You must submit a NOIA if you intend to apply to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Skilled Nursing Facility 3-Day Rule Waiver, and/or Medicare Accountable Care Organization Track 1...