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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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CDC Releases Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes

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.

Nondiscrimination in Health Programs: Proposed Rule

On September 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a rule specifying that the current prohibition on sex discrimination in the provision of health services includes discrimination on the basis of gender identity. The agency is accepting public comment on the rule through November 6, 2015.

Your Comments Needed on Proposed Changes in Nursing Home Requirements of Participation

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.

LeadingAge Comments on CMS Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Demonstration

In commenting on the new demonstration mandating bundled payments for lower extremity joint replacement (LEJR) in 75 geographic areas across the country, LeadingAge emphasized the need to ensure Medicare beneficiary choice in post-acute care. We also urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services not to use the Five Star system to assess post-acute care providers' ability to manage joint replacement patients.

Long-Term Care Facility Requirements Updated by CMS Proposed Rule

Undertaking its most comprehensive review and revision since 1991, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule updating the Requirements of Participation for nursing homes.