Tag: nursing homes

PBJ submission guidelines updated, new FAQs answered

CMS has released updates to the PBJ Policy Manual (V2.2) and the PBJ Policy Manual FAQ. These updates reflect changes to submission guidelines and provide answers to additional FAQs. The updated documents, dated December 21, 2016, highlight changes in red text. Changes to the PBJ Policy Manual (V2.2) regarding submission guidelines can be found here […]

Workplace violence rates higher in residential care facilities, OSHA to address

In a request for information published December 7, 2016, OSHA reports that in 2014, residential care facilities’ workplace-violence-related injury rates were 11 times higher than other sectors in the healthcare industry. Supporting data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. Table 1 of the request documents the rate of […]

The Joint Commission and CDC conduct study to help reduce nursing home infection rates

The overall goal of a 12-month study being conducted by The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research is to prevent health-care associated infections that occur in nursing homes. The study is supported by a research contract from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative. The CDC’s National Healthcare Safety […]

OIG releases 2014 work plan

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report that focused on its fiscal year 2014 Work Plan. The work plan summarizes the activities the OIG plans to pursue with respect to HHS programs and operations during the current fiscal year (FY) and future years. The OIG Work Plan for FY 2014 provides brief descriptions […]

OIG releases 2014-2018 strategic plan and top management issues

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released their strategic plan for 2014-2018. Their goals include: Fight fraud, waste, and abuse Promote quality, safety, and value Secure the future Advance excellence and innovation To read the full report, click here. The OIG also released their annual summary of the most significant management and performance […]

Antipsychotic drug use is down in nursing homes

On August 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release announcing that new data shows that antipsychotic drug use is down in nursing homes nationwide. This data was found on Nursing Home Compare in July. CMS data shows that in 2010 more than 17% of nursing home patients had daily […]