LTC Institute is asking for your complaints

The TRECS Institute, a non-profit dedicated to improving the care of seniors, with support from the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) has announced the launch of a national, grassroots initiative designed to identify and address “No Brainers” within our long-term care system.
The goal of this initiative is to identify “No Brainers,” defined as any practice that negatively effects the quality of care in long-term care facilities, and to estimate the overall negative economic …

Yale studies approach to patient-centered care that involved a critical conversation with patients

Researchers at Yale, New York University School of Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine recently studied an approach to patient-centered care that involves tailoring healthcare of seniors to senior’s desires.
The approach, which was studied and published in the Journal of American Geriatric Society, included a structured, 30-minute conversation with patients in primary care practices. The information focused on patient’s values, helath goals, what they consider helpful versus burdensome care, and one problem they consider most …

Justice Department announces expansion of Medicare Fraud Strike Force

From Home Health Line.
The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced the formation of a 10th area where regional Medicare Fraud Strike Force Teams will operate: New Jersey/Philadelphia. The team will focus on health care fraud and illegal opioid prescriptions, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
“The devastation the opioid epidemic is inflicting on communities across the country and here in the Mid-Atlantic region is staggering — and health care fraud has played a …

CMS posts updates on IMPACT Act data elements

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CMS has posted slides about recent Standardized Patient Assessment Data Elements (SPADE) activities involving the IMPACT Act. But it canceled the July 25 special open door forum where it had planned to discuss the slides.
The slides discuss CMS’ progress on national field test data collection, among other things.
View the slides by clicking on the “SODF-July-SPADE final” PowerPoint in the dowloads section here.