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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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Nonprofit Nursing Homes Earn Higher 5-Star Ratings

Nonprofit nursing homes tend to earn higher ratings on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home 5-Star Rating System than their for-profit counterparts, according to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Advantages of Community Engagement

Imagine an environment in which your organization's human capital is harnessed to maximize performance, outcomes, and satisfaction. And imagine your greater community viewing your organization as the strategically relevant expert to all things senior. That's community engagement.

CMS Announces the Payroll-Based Journal Staffing Data Collection System for Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted information and a Survey and Certification Letter addressing the timing of submissions, sample data entry screens, and its expectations for how nursing homes will electronically submit their staffing data.

The Challenges of Implementing Advance Directive Requirements

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reviews the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) oversight and provider implementation of the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) requirements for informing residents and patients about advance directives and providing documentation in individual medical records.

Skilled Nursing Facility 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.