Category: Quality of care

The election is looming, is your facility prepared to help with the vote?

With the presidential election looming, is your facility prepared to help residents vote? Post-acute and long-term care facilities should be ready to support and protect residents’ rights regarding voting and participation in election-related activities. Making sure that residents can vote is a key component of resident rights. Federal nursing home regulations don’t specifically address voting, […]

Improving quality of life through your activities program

Your activities program helps to ensure the residents you serve feel ownership over their “home.” Many assisted living communities pride themselves on maintaining a homelike environment, and a strong activities program can bring the sense of community needed to keep resident and family satisfaction high.An effective activities program aims to improve the quality of life […]

49 states have reduced avoidable hospital readmissions

On September 13th, CMS released data showing that 49 states (all but Vermont) have reduced avoidable hospital readmission rates since 2010. To address the problem of avoidable readmissions, the Affordable Care Act created the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which adjusts payments for hospitals with higher than expected 30-day readmission rates for targeted clinical conditions such as: […]

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 […]

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 […]

SNF Readmission Measure: Top 10 Things You Should Know

A new fact sheet is available for the Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) Readmission Measure (SNFRM). The SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program ties portions of SNF payments to performance on this measure, which is calculated by assessing the risk-standardized rate of all-cause, unplanned hospital readmissions for Medicare Fee-For-Service SNF patients within 30 days of discharge from […]

Quality Reporting Program Provider Training: August 9&10

CMS is hosting a 2-day, in-person training event on August 9 and 10 for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting program (QRP) in Chicago, IL. This training is for IRF providers, associations, and organizations. The objective is to provide IRFs with assessment-based data collection instructions and updates associated with the changes in the October […]

MEDCAC Meeting 7/20/2016 – Lower Extremity Chronic Venous Disease

On July 20, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will convene a panel of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC).  The MEDCAC panel will examine the scientific evidence underpinning the benefit and risk of existing lower extremity chronic venous disease treatments that aim to improve health outcomes in the […]

CMS Finalizes its Quality Measure Development Plan

On December 18, 2015, CMS posted the draft Quality Measure Development Plan, a strategic framework for clinician quality measurement development to support the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and advanced alternative payment models (APMs). Through March 1, 2016, CMS asked for stakeholder feedback and received responses from 60 individuals and 150 organizations. CMS posted […]

New payment model test for nursing facility care aims to reduce avoidable hospitalizations

On March 24th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new effort to improve care for nursing facility residents. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will test whether a new payment model for nursing facilities and practitioners will further reduce avoidable hospitalizations, lower combined Medicare and Medicaid spending, and improve the […]