Medicare beneficiaries on hemodialysis face poor hospice access

Medicare beneficiaries on hemodialysis often are not given access to hospice care, according to a June 4, 2018 study published in Health Affairs. During the last year of life, patients only about 20% enrolled in hospice, and they only spent five or six days in hospice care. The study found that the findings “signal the need for greater flexibility in the provision of end-of-life care in this population.”
Researchers studied a national registry of end-stage renal …

You asked, CMS answered: FAQs about the New Medicare card project

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As patients begin to receive new, social security number-less Medicare cards, your agency will benefit from taking several steps to ease your administrative burden as the slow-rolling initiative officially commences.
You can find guidance straight from the horse’s mouth. CMS recently released an updated batch of frequently asked questions related to the new Medicare card project, which replaces the health insurance claim number (HICN) with a new Medicare beneficiary ID …

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 …

Federal report suggest nearly 700 ways to improve dementia care

A May 2018 federal report, National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers, provides 694 recommendations for research and advancing care for people living with dementia.
According to LeadingAge, recommendations span 12 themes designed to guide research investments by public and private stakeholders in the field of care, services, and supports for people living with dementia.
The report calls for:

Involving providers in the identification of dementia research priorities and relevant …