Category: Hospice

CMS releases the next version of Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Support and Alignment Networks

Americans deserve a health care system that delivers the right care, at the right time, and at a cost that is reasonable and easy to understand. Such a system will result in fewer unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions, fewer healthcare-associated infections, reduced patient harm, and will show continuous improvement in quality of care and cost […]

Medicare Makes Enhancements to the Shared Savings Program to Strengthen Incentives for Quality Care

On June 7th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule improving how Medicare pays Accountable Care Organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for delivering better patient care. Medicare is moving away from paying for each service a physician provides towards a system that rewards physicians for coordinating with each […]

Dementia-friendly community movement gaining momentum

The aim of the dementia-friendly community movement is to support dementia residents in living a more independent, less-stigmatized, lifestyle. In such a community, all sectors of the community are prepared and equipped to support people living with dementia and their care partners, Dementia Friendly America (DFA). The DF movement relies on collaboration of many community partners, […]

The American Hospital Association recommends how to measure EHR interoperability

The AHA recommended to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology that interoperability should be measured not only by electronic health information exchange and use, but should also include: availability of standards, structures and infrastructure to support those goals. One requirement of the Medicare Access and […]

CMS releases the first ever Public Use File for the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)

The MCBS 2013 Access to Care public use file (MCBS PUF) provides the first publicly available MCBS file for researchers interested in the health, health care use, access to and satisfaction with care for Medicare beneficiaries, while providing the very highest degree of protection to the Medicare beneficiaries’ protected health information.  Celebrating 25 years of […]

OIG addresses challenges associated with maintaining an accurate licensure database

The OIG has found that some contract supplies in Round 2 of the Durable Medical Equipment Competitive Bidding Program had not met all of the competitive bidding licensure requirements. Specifically, of the 146 suppliers covered in our audit, 69 suppliers met licensure requirements. However, 63 suppliers did not meet licensure requirements for some of the […]

The Department of Labor increases salary requirements for overtime

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule, issued this week, increases minimum salary requirements for overtime exemptions to $47,476 a year, or $913 per week. The rule will take effect December 1, 2016. The new overtime rule will: Raise the salary threshold indicating eligibility from $455/week to $913 ($47,476 per year), ensuring protections to 4.2 […]