The Veterans Access to Extended Care Act of 2015 (S.739) was introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 16 by Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and was then referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs.
By now, most of you who provide nursing home care are aware of the extensive proposed rule CMS released on July 16, to revise the Requirements of Participation for nursing homes.
Post-acute care organizations are vital in developing population health management programs. These organizations can prevent escalation to acute care levels and thereby help limit costs.
On Aug. 4, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining the 2016 Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF).
On August 6, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an assessment of the general accuracy and reliability of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes and its usefulness as a consumer tool.