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.

CMS proposes nonskilled service coverage as additional benefit to Medicare Advantage

On February 1, 2018, CMS proposed new Medicare Advantage and Part D payment and policy updates to provide new benefits, some nonskilled, for enrollees.
The development, if passed, could change how agencies focus their business.
“I think for private duty, this is a big plus,” says Diane Link, director of clinical services with Conshohocken, Pa.-based BlackTree Healthcare Consulting. “I think it also gives opportunity for private duty agencies to really start considering having skilled care as part …