The U.S. Congress now appears to be on track to keep government operations and programs in operation by passing a continuing resolution before the 2016 fiscal year begins on October 1, 2015. We expect this continuing appropriation to last through December 11. Fiscal 2016 challenges remain, including possible budget reconciliation and debt ceiling legislation.
Recent research points to the usefulness of mindfulness practices, such as yoga and meditation, in reducing some of?the symptoms of diseases such as diabetes and depression.
On Sept. 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes, a new set of materials designed to help nursing homes improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile.
By now, most of you who provide nursing home care are aware of the extensive proposed rule CMS released on July 16, to revise the Requirements of Participation for nursing homes.
There are several essential steps aging services providers should take to prepare for the implementation of ICD-10. These include forming a steering committee, outlining a transition process, educating staff, and increasing reserves to mitigate risk.