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CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities

Updates to the Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities are available. Many resources remain to help providers with ICD-10 questions. Please refer to the CMS ICD-10 webpage for informational resources. A step-by-step resource list is also available to help you quickly locate important […]

CMS is providing a MLN Connects National Provider Call: Countdown to ICD-10

Thursday, August 27; 2:30-4 pm ET Don’t miss the August 27 MLN Connects Call — five weeks before ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015. CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt will be opening the call with a national implementation update. Then, Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Nelly Leon-Chisen from the […]

2014 NADONA/LTC National Conference is less than one month away!

You do not want to miss out on this year’s NADONA/LTC conference. Going to the conference, you will receive: Networking opportunities with key LTC personnel within your state and across the US Up to 30 hours of nursing continuing education credits Putting the “fun” back into fundamental principles of learning Interact with exhibiting companies whose […]

CMS answers questions about caring for beneficiaries who wander in settings that receive HCBS funding

Questions have arisen on how to care for individuals who have dementia or other cognitive impairments and are prone to wandering or exit-seeking behavior in communities receiving home and community-based settings (HCBS) funding. In order to receive this Medicaid funding, these settings must adhere to criteria which requires that individualized care is provided to beneficiaries […]

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 […]

Exercise can reduce need for ADL assistance in dementia patients

Regular exercise improves balance for people with some types of dementia and reduces their need for assistance with activities of daily living (ADL), according to research published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Investigators in Sweden studied 186 residents of 16 residential care facilities who were over 65, had dementia, and needed […]

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 […]