Category: Hospice

CMS Life Safety Code updates affect hospice inpatient units

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new updates to the State Operations Manual that include changes that could affect hospice organizations with inpatient or resident units. Transmittal 159 revises the life safety code survey and exit procedures, and it is possible that a life safety code surveyor may follow that procedure when […]

ACTIVE study proves that speed-of-processing training could reduce risk of developing dementia

Analysis from a study, called the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE), has concluded that a computer-based brain exercise called “speed-of-processing training” could cut the risk of developing dementia by as much as 48%. The staggering statistics prove for the first time a cognitive training intervention has been shown to protect against […]

Prescription Drug Spending Increases by 17 Percent

Overall prescription drug spending in the United States increased by 17 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to new data released by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. The new data set provides data on more than one million health care providers who collectively prescribed $121 billion in prescription drugs under the Part D program. Since […]

NHPCO meets with CMS to discuss NOE/NOTR

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) staff and provider representatives from NHCPCO’s Notice of Election (NOE) and Notice of Termination/Revocation (NOTR) Workgroup met with people from CMS’ Provider Billing Group and Chronic Care Policy Group on August 31 to discuss NHPCO’s concerns about the NOE/NOTR process.

MDS Central and HomeCare Insider have changed to become your NEW Post-Acute Advisor

MDS Central and HomeCare Insider have changed to become your NEW Post-Acute Advisor. We are now going to cover the news and regulations across the entire post acute care continuum, including: Long-term care Home health Inpatient rehabilitation Hospice Assisted living Post-Acute Advisor is still your place to ask questions, get the latest post acute care […]

Promising new Alzheimer’s drug

Results of a new drug trial, published September 1, 2016 in Nature, are potentially the most promising yet in the fight against Alzheimer’s. The results suggests it may be possible to clear the brain of the amyloid protein that is characteristic of the disease, using the new drug aducanumab. Although the study was small, and […]

Physicians and health care providers continue to improve quality of care, lower costs

Affordable Care Act Accountable Care Organization initiatives put patients at the center of their care while generating more than $1.29 billion in total Medicare savings since 2012. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on August 25, 2016, the 2015 performance year results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer Accountable […]

MDS Central is changing…. To your Post Acute Advisor

MDS Central is changing…. To your Post Acute Advisor. We are now going to cover the news and regulations across the entire post acute care continuum, including: Long-term care Home health Inpatient rehabilitation Hospice Assisted living Post Acute Advisor is your place to ask questions, get the latest post acute care news, and find resources […]

IMPACT Act Standardized Assessment Data: Comments due August 26

Public comments are due August 26 on standardized assessment-based data items developed under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) to meet the domains of: cognitive function and mental status; special services, treatments, and interventions; medical conditions and co-morbidities; and impairments. CMS seeks comments on: Potential for improving quality Utility for […]