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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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CMS Will Expand MDS 3.0 Focused Surveys in 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it will expand its 2014 5-State MDS 3.0 Focused Survey Pilot to a nationwide sample in 2015, and that it also will include an evaluation of staffing in some of the selected focused-survey facilities.

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).

OIG Releases Proposed Rule on Providing Free or Discounted Transportation

The Office of the Investigator General (OIG) released a proposed rule to apply safe harbor criteria equally to all eligible entities offering the eligible forms of free or discounted local transportation services. However, the OIG is considering whether to exclude free transportation to referral sources by home health agencies from safe harbor treatment.

CMS Allows Use of Power Strips in Resident Rooms 

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. 

Coalition Exceeds Goal of Reducing Use of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

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.