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CDC Releases Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes, a new set of materials designed to help nursing homes improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile.

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New MDS-Based Quality Measures on Nursing Home Compare: MDS Coding Primer

In April CMS introduced two new MDS-based quality measures to NH compare.  These will be phased in to the Five Star Rating System by January 2016.  These measures are calculated using two ADLs in G0110 that have not been used before.  Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, reviews the coding for these new measures

SNF Medicare Rate Calculation Tools Update

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.

New CMS Memo on Exit Conferences

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Updates the Exit Conference Process for all Federal Surveys. 

CMS Issues Finalized PBJ Manual

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued the updated/final ‘Electronic Staffing Data Submission Payroll-Based Journal Long-Term Care Facility Policy Manual’ (PBJ Manual); Version 2; March 2016. 

How to Avoid Employee Benefit Plans Fraud

 Can fraud occur in an employee benefit plan? Absolutely. One factor that creates risk is a lack of strong internal controls. Plan sponsors can mitigate the risk of fraud by creating a system of internal controls; however, knowing where to start can be a difficult and time-consuming task.