The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently finalized their physician fee schedule final rule for 2015. The rule includes updates to overall payment of physician services, including therapy services. LeadingAge’s Part B Therapy Rate Calculation Tool has been revised to reflect changes made in the final rule. This tool automatically calculates your facilities Medicare Reimbursement for CY 2015 rates, effective January 1, 2015.
LeadingAge has partnered with the National Cooperative Bank (NCB) and Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) to launch LeverAge, a program to address the financing needs of LeadingAge members serving low-income older people. LeverAge can be used to reposition, to expand, or to add to aging services, housing, and long-term care programs serving at least 40% of the participants at 80% or less of area median income.
Health officials suggest Ebola cannot be spread through casual contact, rather a person becomes infected through contact with blood and other bodily fluids of others already infected. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) also communicates "Individuals who are infected are not contagious until symptoms are noted." Find out what you can do to protect yourself, your workers and your patients.
Improving quality of care for people approaching the end of life is the topic of a recent report published by the Institutes of Medicine (IOM). Recommendations include better training of health care professionals in palliative care and communications skills, and better integration of health care with social services that support patients and their family caregivers.
The American Medical Association (AMA) recommendation to include 2 newly created advance care planning codes in the physician fee schedule final rule was rejected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.