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LeadingAge's healthcare team tracks regulations and legislation relating to nursing homes.

Medications: AGS Releases 2012 Beers Criteria

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) released the updated version of the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly. 

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IRS Publishes Final Rules on ACA Employer Responsibility Penalties

The final regulations published by the IRS regarding shared responsibility requirements, while similar to the proposed rules, address questions posed by employers trying to figure out how to practically apply the ACA’s employer shared responsibility requirements. This ACA provision focuses on requiring “large” employers.

15% Reduction in Prevalence Rate of Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Homes

In 2011, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) created the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care. Last week, CMS announced that it had met its initial goal of a 15% reduction. The agency reported the prevalence use rate (in long-stay residents) went from 23.8% to 20.2% over the past 18 months. Our Dr. Cheryl Phillips explores.

Genworth 2014 Cost of Care Report: No Increase in Adult Day National Median Rates

Genworth in its 2014 Cost of Care Survey reported that the cost of adult day care centers didn’t increase from last year, but has shown a 3.4% five-year annual growth, with the national median daily rate at $65 in 2014. The report does show that adult day services are a cost effective option for caregivers and older adults to choose.

Medicare: ALJ Hearings Suspended on New Claim and Entitlement Appeals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) has announced the temporary suspension of new administrative law judge hearings for Medicare claim and entitlement appeals. OMHA noted the backlog of 357,000 claims for Medicare services and entitlements already assigned to its 65 administrative law judges and the additional cases already pending assignment. 

Basic Life Support: A New Training Solution from HealthStream

This webinar recording provides an introduction to HeartCode® BLS, an official American Heart Association online program that saves time and money compared to traditional BLS classroom training. HeartCode customers enjoy improved BLS compliance, convenience of 24/7 access, and increased staff confidence and competence.