In a March 10 letter, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner responded to Congress, saying that CMS will pull back 4 provisions of a controversial proposed rule governing Medicare's prescription drug program. Many LeadingAge members were concerned about the proposal to lift the
protected class definition on three drug classes, including antidepressants and
On March 4, President Obama submitted his budget proposals for fiscal year 2015. We are pleased that his budget would build on the new housing with services demonstration program and maintain or slightly increase funding for other housing and home- and community-based services programs. We are concerned about sections of the budget that call for more cuts in Medicare reimbursement to skilled nursing facilities and home health care providers.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a letter on Feb. 28 that revises the survey and certification emergency preparedness checklist for health care facility planning. CMS advises that the revisions will provide more detailed guidance about patient/resident tracking, supplies and collaboration.
Our MDS expert offers guidance on the current instructions for coding weight loss in Section K0300 of the MDS.
On March 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities, a study evaluating adverse events in skilled nursing facilities.