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October 18, 2018

This week the Society submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule for Medicare Shared Savings Program; Accountable Care Organizations—Pathways to Success.

The Society commented on the following areas of the proposed rule:

  • Expanding skilled nursing facility three-day rule waiver eligibility—The Society requested that CMS remove the requirement that skilled nursing facility (SNF) affiliates must have
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Health Policy
October 18, 2018

Do you need in-service training on dementia management and resident abuse prevention? Hand in Hand: A Training Series for Nursing Homes from CMS focuses on caring for residents with dementia and preventing abuse. This training is updated and available in two formats:

Health Policy
October 18, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted three new Continuing Medical Education (CME) modules on the Medicare Learning Network Learning Management System for the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS):

  • Improvement Activities Performance Category: Basics, including reporting requirements, scoring, and flexibilities for small and rural practices
  • Cost Performance Category: Overview and how CMS
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Health Policy
October 18, 2018

The revised Annual Wellness Visit booklet is available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Learn about:

  • Health risk assessment
  • Initial and subsequent components
  • Coding, diagnosis, and billing
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Spotlight
October 15, 2018

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Receiving the 2018 Medical Director of the Year award was an honor that Eric Hasemeier, DO, CMD, will never forget. “Receiving this award was fantastic. It truly was the highlight of my career. It substantiates what I’ve devoted my life to and reaffirms what I’ve accomplished,” he says. Of...

Weekly Roundup
October 15, 2018

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Jeffrey Levine, MD, CMD, has spent years studying wounds. He has worked in a wide array of environments from outpatient wound care clinics, hospitals...

JAMDA
October 15, 2018

Care workers in nursing homes cannot always carry out all necessary nursing interventions because of time constraints, lack of resources, or other organizational or personal factors. This failure is included within the concept of unfinished nursing care, which comprises missed care, implicit rationing of nursing care, and care left undone.1 In nursing homes, residents' pronounced dependency on physical, psychological, and sociocultural care makes them especially vulnerable to implicit rationing, which intensifies with cognitive impairment and social isolation.

JAMDA
October 15, 2018

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of low fluid intake in institutionalized older residents and the associated factors.

JAMDA
October 15, 2018

Several authors suggest that circulating klotho, a single-pass transmembrane protein, could be associated with longevity.1–4 This study aimed to test the relationship between the level of plasma Klotho and mortality among a specific population of nursing home residents. To address this objective, we measured plasma klotho levels in a longitudinal cohort of 662 nursing home residents, the SENIOR cohort.5 A sample of 443 subjects from the SENIOR cohort with archived blood samples available at the point of enrollment was included in the current study.

Health Policy
October 11, 2018

On October 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 1,299 entities have signed agreements with the agency to participate in the administration’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) – Advanced Model. The participating entities will receive bundled payments for certain episodes of care as an alternative to fee-for-service payments that reward only the volume of care delivered. Model participants include 832 Acute Care Hospitals and 715 Physician Group Practices – a total of 1,547 Medicare providers and suppliers, located in 49 states plus Washington,...