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Nursing Home Rules and Regulation

Information about rules and regulations for nursing home communities.

 

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HIPAA Audits to be Used as Enforcement Tool by OCR

A senior official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that the forthcoming round of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) audits will be used by OCR to launch investigations into whether providers and their business associates are complying with the HIPAA privacy and security rules.

MedPAC Shifts View of 3-Day SNF Requirement

On September 12th, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a meeting on hospital short stays. During this meeting, Chairman Glenn M. Hackbarth recommended that the 3-day stay requirement be eliminated from the Medicare benefits package.

DEA Reschedules Hydrocodone from Schedule 3 to Schedule 2

Hydrocodone combination products have been rescheduled from schedule 3 to schedule 2 of the Controlled Substances Act effective Oct. 6, 2014, according to a final rule published on Aug. 22 by the the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). LeadingAge is continuing to work with other stakeholders to resolve the problems nursing care members are experiencing with timely resident access to pain medications.