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Policy Snapshot
December 11, 2015

Electronic submission of staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is required for long-term care facilities beginning July 1, 2016. To prepare, nursing homes should register to submit data to meet this requirement and maintain compliance.

  • Obtain a CMSNet User ID for PBJ if you do not already have one for other Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) applications
  • Obtain a PBJ QIES Provider ID for
  • ...
Policy Snapshot
December 4, 2015

On November 25, CMS shared the updated 2016 CMS Quality Strategy, which incorporates progress made in shifting Medicare payments from volume to value, including payment reform initiatives, as well as new requirements from the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 legislation. The 2016 CMS Quality Strategy helps to align all of CMS to:...

Policy Snapshot
December 4, 2015

In response to feedback from stakeholders and partners of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, CMS is sharing the revised survey materials that were developed for the 2014 Focused Dementia Care Survey Pilot and 2015 expansion effort. The intent is that facilities would use these tools to assess their own practices in providing resident care.

The tools can be accessed by clicking here....

Policy Snapshot
December 4, 2015

On October 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule that updates the payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) on or after January 1, 2016. The rule changes several of the quality reporting initiatives associated with MPFS payments, including the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).

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JAMDA
December 1, 2015

Health care is filled with biases and assumptions. Family members, health care providers, even seniors themselves, carry beliefs about aging that affect choices of care, from pain control and end-of-life care decisions to settings and types of support services provided. There tends to be a consistent bias that people with more dependencies have lower quality of life and seniors who live in their own homes are happier than those in other settings of long-term care. Drs Uhlmann and Pearlman1 addressed some of these same biases in their 1991 article that investigated quality of life and...

JAMDA
December 1, 2015

To identify characteristics and outcomes of elderly patients admitted to a slow stream, low-intensity, and long-duration inpatient rehabilitation (SSR) program after an acute hospitalization because they were unable to tolerate traditional inpatient rehabilitation.

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