Other Legal Issues
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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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.
On Aug. 4, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining the 2016 Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF).
On August 6, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an assessment of the general accuracy and reliability of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes and its usefulness as a consumer tool.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in Obergefell vs. Hodges that same-sex couples have a right to marry in all 50 states. The discussion has a wide range of implications for aging services providers and we anticipate additional guidance over the coming months from federal and state agencies to help navigate the changing landscape.
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).