[NEW] Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living

Senior living facilities are largely governed by individual state regulations, and many states do not mandate quality assurance and compliance checks. As a result, these organizations are left with few resources and limited funds to ensure quality; they also lack the monitoring necessary to measure and improve OSHA compliance, as well as ensure the effectiveness of their disaster preparedness and infection control programs.
Disaster Planning, Infection Control, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for Senior Living is …

CMS proposes patient-reported outcome measure for SNFs in 2018

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released their List of Measures under Consideration (MUC) for 2018 pre-rule making. CMS officials capped the measures at 32, more than 100 shy of the 184 measures submitted for consideration by stakeholders during an open call for measures.
Each year, CMS publishes a list of quality and cost measures that are under consideration for Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs, and collaborates with the National …

Official cancellation of bundled payment models opens the door for a different approach to health system change

On Thursday, following a proposed rule published in August, CMS finalized the cancellation of the mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models and implemented changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma stated that CMS intends to focus on “developing different bundled payment models and engaging more providers,” something she referred to as “the best way to drive health system change while minimizing burden and maintaining access to care.” …

CMS revises the Hospice Item Set Manual

by: Josh Poltilove
Source: Home Health Line.
CMS has updated pages of the Hospice Item Set Manual V2.00 as a result of the federal Medicare agency’s plan to provide new Medicare cards beginning in April 2018.
The new cards will replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claims Numbers (HICNs).
CMS announced Sept. 28 that it has updated pages 2A-8 and 2A-9 of Hospice Item Set Manual V2.00. The update also provides coding guidance for the affected item (A0600B Medicare …