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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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MedPAC Considers Allowing Hospitals to Recommend Post-Acute Care Providers

At a recent meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) discussed proposals to allow hospitals to recommend post-acute care providers to Medicare beneficiaries on discharge. Current law does not permit this kind of recommendation. The commission did not reach a conclusion on any changes in current policy. However, this discussion shows why it is important for nursing homes and other post-acute care providers to focus on quality measure performance and the development of relationships with hospitals and physician organizations.

MedPAC Considers Giving Hospitals Flexibility in Steering Patients to Post-Acute Care Providers

On Friday October 10th, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a session titled "Private Sector Initiatives to Manage Post-Acute Care," to discuss how certain providers select post-acute care settings to use and how they manage the care a beneficiary receives within the setting selected.

4 Tips for Contracting With 3rd-Party Payers

Providers are moving towards initiating their own contracts, and must be prepared to negotiate with third-party payers and organizations similar to ACOs.

5 Questions You Should Ask About Your Healthcare Workforce

Developing a workforce involves strategic planning and dedicated resources to create desired business and clinical outcomes. Given the issues faced by healthcare organizations today, a wide range of solutions is necessary to address their vast workforce development needs.

Hospice Extraordinary Circumstance Exemption Extended by CMS

The period of time for hospices to qualify for an "extraordinary circumstance" exemption when they believe the nursing shortage has affected their ability to hire sufficient numbers of nurses directly has been extended until Sept. 30, 2016, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).