Category: Clinical

CMS hosting special open door forum

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a Special Open Door Forum on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 EST to discuss the upcoming Dry Run for LTCH Provider Performance Reports on All-Cause Unplanned Readmissions for 30-Day Post Discharge from Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs). The purposes of this Special Open Door Forum are: […]

CMS releases final rule simplifying EHR incentive programs

On October 6, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released final rules that simplify requirements and add new flexibilities for providers to make electronic health information available when and where it matters most and for health care providers and consumers to […]

CDC has released new guidance on antibiotic use in nursing homes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released The Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes adapts the CDC Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship into practical ways to initiate or expand antibiotic stewardship activities in nursing homes. The program seeks to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use. Antibiotics are the […]

Modern healthcare risk management by Reg Hislop III

The second most important function an executive and/or a governance board conducts (second only to planning) is risk management.  This key leadership function is evolving rapidly primarily due to the evolutionary movement around compliance (ACA, CMS, etc.) and the payer focal shift from episodic, procedural care to outcome or evidenced based care, pay-for-performance, etc.  Similarly, as government policy […]

GAO will investigate the federal government’s five-star rating system

The GAO will launch an investigation into the federal government’s five-star rating system in response to a letter written by U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), highlighting county by county data. In addition to the senator’s concern, recent news reports have raised questions about the integrity of the federal government’s ‘Five-Star’ rating system that millions of […]