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Caring for the Ages
October 1, 2016

TORONTO — Antipsychotics can be safely withdrawn from some patients with dementia in long-term care facilities, two new studies from Australia and Canada have determined.

Caring for the Ages
October 1, 2016

Those who say “It’s only money” likely have never been the victim of fraud or financial abuse. When elders are defrauded of their money or other assets through scams or deceit, “I believe it can kill them,” said Elizabeth Loewy, general counsel for EverSafe and a former New York City prosecutor.

Spotlight
September 30, 2016

With a contentious election just weeks away, Society leaders hit Capitol Hill to address issues including advance care planning and the three-day inpatient stay requirement. “We had several goals going in, and we accomplished a lot,” says Society public policy consultant lobbyist Susan Emmer. She observed that in addition to discussing key issues, participants were successful in helping to ensure that Congressional members and staff understand who medical directors and other post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) clinicians are, what they do, and how the Society and its members can serve as...

Policy Snapshot
September 30, 2016

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule to make major changes to improve the care and safety of the nearly 1.5 million residents in the more than 15,000 long-term care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The policies in this final rule are targeted at reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections, improving the quality of care, and strengthening safety measures for residents in long-term care facilities. These revisions mark first major rewrite of the conditions of participation for long-term care...

Policy Snapshot
September 30, 2016

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted an Open Door Forum to provide details about the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP). The program enacted under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 requires SNFs to submit data on quality measures related to cost and quality including hospital readmissions. The program will have a financial impact for facilities starting in 2018.

To view the slide presentation from the call with more detailed information, ...

Policy Snapshot
September 30, 2016

2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) are available.

  • The PQRS Feedback Reports show your program year 2015 PQRS reporting results, including payment adjustment assessment for calendar year 2017
  • The 2015 Annual QRURs show how physician groups and physician solo practitioners performed in 2015 on the quality and cost measures used to calculate the 2017 Value Modifier, as well as their 2017 Value Modifier payment adjustment

How to Access the Reports: 

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Policy Snapshot
September 30, 2016

The next Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Open door forum will be taking place on Thursday October 6th at 2:00mpm EDT. CMS planned agenda for the call includes:

  • Flu Announcement
  • Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule (CMS-3178- F)
  • PBJ Reminder Announcement
  • SNF RM
  • https://www.cms.
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Weekly Roundup
September 30, 2016

Spotlight: Society Leaders Climb the Hill, Build Connections, Influence HPA: CMS Releases Final Conditions of Participation Rule for Long-Term Care Facilities, CMS Hosts SNF Value-Based Purchasing Open Door Forum, 2015 PQRS Feedback Reports and 2015 Annual QRURs Available, CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum October 6th

JAMDA
September 28, 2016

We thank Dr Matsunaga for his interest in our work,1 and for the points raised in his letter. We also appreciate JAMDA for inviting us to respond on this controversial topic of combination therapy for Alzheimer disease. We disagree with Dr Matsunaga's description of methodology flaws. His comments appear to concern the references used in our article, and we had double-checked all of his references and ran sensitivity analyses according to his suggestion.

JAMDA
September 28, 2016

I have never been fond of the term SNFist, with all due respect to the esteemed Dr Katz, or whoever may have coined the term.1 I also know that I am not alone. Although most of us quietly soldier on, focused on our care more than our moniker, some have been more vocal, such as Dr Steinberg.2 However, I do believe that we need a unifying name, now more than ever. We are (finally) gaining increased recognition of our importance in health care, we are (somewhat) more often mentioned in the media, we are (appropriately) in the minds of legislators, and we are (hopefully) increasingly...