LeadingAge answers gun policy questions for senior living

LeadingAge has released Weapons Policies in Aging Services Organizations, new guidance for senior living communities regarding firearms and other weapons. In the wake of the numerous mass shootings, the organization says it has received many questions regarding how senior living communities can implement weapons policies.
The guidance notes that the 2nd Amendment does not prevent a senior living community from banning weapons on its campus. Any private business, including a HUD-assisted housing programs and Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing …

MedPAC encourages Medicare beneficiaries to use higher-quality PAC providers

During the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) public meeting on Thursday, March 1, analyst Evan Christman reviewed options for modifying Medicare’s hospital discharge rules to encourage beneficiaries to use higher-quality PAC providers.
Christman pointed out that Medicare assigns responsibility for discharge planning to the hospital, and while part of this responsibility includes providing the beneficiary with a list of SNFs and home health agencies nearby, Medicare regulations don’t require that this list contain quality information. The …

The Long-Term Care State Operations Manual – updated!

On October 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ final rule to reform requirements for long-term care facilities made the most sweeping changes to Conditions of Participation and the long-term care industry since 1991. These revisions mandate everything from requiring skilled nursing facilities to prove additional staff training and hiring scrutiny in an effort to protect against abuse and exploitation, to bolstering health and safety standards in an effort to head off preventable …

Draft bill could repeal Medicare Part B Therapy Caps by January 2018

Therapy caps were first established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and limit the amount of therapy services a beneficiary can receive in a year, regardless of their condition. The 2017 therapy cap limits are:

$1,980 for physical therapy (PT) and speech-language pathology (SLP) services combined
$1,980 for occupational therapy (OT) services

On Thursday, October 26, Congress issued a draft bill to permanently repeal therapy cap limits, which are considered to be a long-standing problem for Medicare …