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Berwick’s nomination causes Republican outcries

It appears Dr. Donald Berwick’s confirmation as the next CMS administrator could take some time. Republicans are taking a strong stance against his nomination, citing Berwick’s views on Britain’s National Health Service (N.H.S.) and what his feelings on rationing healthcare could mean to the future of the U.S. health system.

Notes from the October 28 ODF

During the October 28 SNF Open Door Forum (ODF), CMS provided callers with updated information about the SNF PPS transition, MDS 3.0, survey and certification process, and technical issues with MDS data submission.

National Nursing Assistants Week

The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants announced the theme for the 33rd annual National Nursing Assistants Week, to be held June 10-17. This year, the focus is on “Safe Patient Handling.”

CMS loosens nursing home infection control regulation with single use devices

 Nursing homes now are allowed to purchase certain previously prohibited types of medical devices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced. To prevent the spread of infections, federal regulations have directed nursing homes to only use brand-new single-use medical devices (SUDs), such as endoscopes or blood pressure cuffs. Under a policy change effective immediately, […]