The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently finalized their physician fee schedule final rule for 2015. The rule includes updates to overall payment of physician services, including therapy services. LeadingAge’s Part B Therapy Rate Calculation Tool has been revised to reflect changes made in the final rule. This tool automatically calculates your facilities Medicare Reimbursement for CY 2015 rates, effective January 1, 2015.
On Dec. 12, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published a proposed rule that would add recognition of same-sex marriages to conditions of participation for providers, including nursing homes and hospice, and to conditions for coverage for suppliers. The agency also issued guidance for long-term care surveyors to follow until the rule is finalized. Comments on the proposed rule are due by Feb. 10, 2015.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a memorandum clarifying off-label use of Blood Glucose Monitoring Systems (BGMS) in nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.
The Long Term Care Facility State Operations Manual (SOM) Interpretive Guidelines for Surveyors and Associated Investigative Protocols has been updated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reflect survey and certification guidance previously issued in the form of survey and certification letters and policy memorandums from fiscal year 2003 through May of 2014.
Health officials suggest Ebola cannot be spread through casual contact. Rather, a person becomes infected through contact with the blood and other bodily fluids of others already infected. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) also communicates, "Individuals who are infected are not contagious until symptoms are noted." Find out what you can do to protect yourself, your workers and your patients.