We have updated the Medicare Part-B rate calculation tool for final rates reflecting provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act signed into law in December 2013. The law allowed for a 0.5% average increase in Medicare payment rates and extended the 2% sequestration cut for all health care providers for another 2 years. Access to this tool requires login via My.LeadingAge.
CMS has revised the Interpretive Guidelines and as needed, Investigative Protocols for the following F Tags to incorporate survey and certification policy memos issued from October of 2003 through May of 2014.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in the early stages of developing a regulation to control the spread of infectious diseases in healthcare and related workplaces, including hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care. Due to the regulation's potential impact on a wide range of LeadingAge members, we would like to have a representative on this panel, which may begin work as early as August. If you are willing to serve, please contact Jennifer Hilliard as soon as possible.
Today’s voluntary payment models -- bundled payments, shared savings and accountable care organizations -- provide an opportunity for acute and post-acute care providers to work together to better manage care across the continuum. This shift from traditional fee-for-service to risk-based payment models requires effective alignment among acute and post-acute care providers.
A new report from the RAND Corporation provides a policy blueprint for improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) for persons with dementia.