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 of extensive hearings, debate and amendment. But that has not been the case,” said McCain. “Instead, the specter of September …

Caregivers draw support by mapping their relationships

Editor’s note: This article has been republished with permission from the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News.
DENVER — Every time Jacque Pearson tried to devise a plan to move her 81-year-old dad, who has Alzheimer’s, from his home in Boise, Idaho, to hers in Denver, she felt stuck. Then, two weeks ago, she had a breakthrough.
It happened at an AARP-sponsored session in which Pearson created a “CareMap” — a hand-drawn picture showing all the people …

Avoid Medicaid payment delays by being proactive

Written by Becky Ziviski, CPA, LNHA, speaker and author of Profit Without Census: A Nursing Home Administrator’s Guide to Profitability by Department.
Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from the full article originally published in the August issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care.
A delay in the application process for Medicaid can have serious financial implications for the nursing facility. It is key to speak early with new residents and family members who might …

CMS considers new direction to increase healthcare competition, issues request for information

The CMS Innovation Center is seeking feedback from stakeholders through an informal Request for Information (RFI) to determine a new direction for healthcare systems that promotes patient-centered care and tests market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provides price transparency, increases choices and competition to drive quality, reduces costs, and improves outcomes. Comments will be accepted through 11:59pm ET, November 20, 2017.
In a press release sent out via email on September 20, CMS states that …