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In this section, we cover such issues as pharmaceuticals in long-term care facilities, the red flags rule relating to identify theft and other assorted court cases and legal issues that involve aging services.

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Nonprofit Nursing Homes Earn Higher 5-Star Ratings

Nonprofit nursing homes tend to earn higher ratings on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home 5-Star Rating System than their for-profit counterparts, according to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

CMS Announces the Payroll-Based Journal Staffing Data Collection System for Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted information and a Survey and Certification Letter addressing the timing of submissions, sample data entry screens, and its expectations for how nursing homes will electronically submit their staffing data.

The Challenges of Implementing Advance Directive Requirements

A new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report reviews the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) oversight and provider implementation of the Patient Self-Determination Act (PSDA) requirements for informing residents and patients about advance directives and providing documentation in individual medical records.

CMS Issues New Instructions for Filing DAB Appeals

Effective Oct. 1, 2014, providers that disagree with enforcement actions imposed on their facility and wanting to appeal via a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) must now file their hearing request electronically using the Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) E-Filing System (DAB E-File).

New Compliance Guidance for Health Care Boards Released by HHS OIG

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) collaborated with 3 associations of health care professionals on new guidance to help health care boards fulfill their compliance oversight duties.