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Federal agencies should work together for effective use of elder services

In a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), it is recommended that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should aid in federal agencies working together to ensure that government resources related to elder services are used effectively. Five agencies within four federal departments fund home- and community-based services (HCBS). The […]

Reminder: Be aware of timely filing requirement changes

As the end of the year approaches, it is important that Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) physicians, providers, or suppliers submitting claims to Medicare for payment remember the newly implemented timely filing requirement.

Senator McCain casts vote regarding Graham-Cassidy bill

In a press release published last week, Senator John McCain announced his lack of support for the Graham-Cassidy bill, a last-ditch attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act before the September 30 budget reconciliation deadline, explaining that he “would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered [by the bill] were it the product […]

Current antipsychotics quality measure is too hard on long term care providers

A new study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry explains that an updated quality measure could produce a clearer picture of nursing homes’ antipsychotic prescribing practices. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced the quality measure, which assesses how many long-stay residents are on antipsychotic medications and do not have […]

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