The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is permitting a categorical waiver to allow for use of power strips in resident care areas that use line-operated, patient-care-related electrical equipment in both new and existing healthcare facilities if the provider is in compliance with applicable 2012 Life Safety Code (LSC) power strip requirements and with the 1999 NFPA 99 and 2000 LSC electrical system and equipment provisions.
The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, a coalition in which LeadingAge has played an active role, has exceeded its goal to reduce the use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes by 15%. Between the end of 2011 and the end of 2013, use of the drugs had decreased from 23.8% to 20.2% nationwide.
On September 12th, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a meeting on hospital short stays. During this meeting, Chairman Glenn M. Hackbarth recommended that the 3-day stay requirement be eliminated from the Medicare benefits package.
The long-awaited final rule governing the disposal of controlled substances was published by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Sept. 9. The rule becomes effective on Oct. 9.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released 2 new toolkits for nursing homes, for Medicaid beneficiaries, and for pharmacies.