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.
Larry Minnix discusses the latest proposed rule on reform of requirements for long-term care facilities, something he's called the biggest overhaul of nursing homes since the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (or OBRA) of 1987.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun pilot testing a focused survey on medication safety systems to look at nursing home practices for high-risk medications, such as Coumadin. CMS has also released a medication-related adverse event tool developed in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ).
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would implement more financial incentives for hospitals to work with home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities that care for patients who undergo hip and knee replacements.
Undertaking its most comprehensive review and revision since 1991, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule updating the Requirements of Participation for nursing homes.