CMS plans IMPACT Act frequently asked questions call for post-acute providers

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Learn more about the IMPACT Act and ask your questions of CMS officials during an upcoming Medicare learning call.
CMS will address frequently asked questions on quality measures, standardized data elements, the CMS data element library and future directions of the IMPACT Act, according to the event description.
There will also be a Q&A session after the main presentation.
The call is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 21, 2018.
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CMS asks Medicare insurance providers to monitor prescriptions of Neudexta

CMS is warning insurance providers to watch prescriptions of Neudexta for off-label use. Neudexta is a prescription meant to treat symptoms of pseudobulbar affect (PBA), which can cause uncontrollable laughter or crying. As CNN reports, prescribing for off-label use is not illegal, but creating a false diagnosis in order to secure coverage of the prescription is fraud.
A CNN investigation last fall indicated that the prescription drug was being given to those without PBA to control …

Equip your leadership teams to achieve compliance and navigate CMS regulatory changes

The evolving post-acute care industry landscape introduces greater accountability, a heightened focus on patient outcomes, and significant payment reform for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Building solid processes and systems is critical for staying compliant under the numerous Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulatory changes effective at the beginning of each new fiscal year.
HCPro’s SNF Regulatory Update Boot Camp covers the industry changes that impact your clinical and financial operations while providing strategies for …

Skilled nursing facility fined for denying opioid-dependent patient

A Massachusetts skilled nursing facility was fined $5,000 after denying admission to a potential resident because he was taking Suboxone, a medication for the treatment of people who are dependent on opioids.
Although the facility, Charlwell House located in Norwood, MA, created policies in December 2016 stating that the facility would maintain the use of physician prescribed treatments for opioid use disorder (OUD), including Suboxone and methadone, a patient was turned away in November of 2017 …