Poll shows majority of Americans over age 40 comfortable with telemedicine

Nearly 9 in 10 adults 40 and older would be comfortable using at least one type of telemedicine for themselves or a loved one, according to the 2018 Long-Term Care Trend poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
The poll includes 1,945 interviews. It found that among adults age 40 and over:

Almost 90% would be comfortable using telemedicine to receive
Half are very concerned that telemedicine could lead to lower-quality care
Only 17% are …

Hundreds may have been exposed to TB at Delaware nursing home

State and health officials announced June 1 that more than 600 individuals may have been exposed to active tuberculosis at the ManorCare Health Services facility in Wilmington, Delaware during a nine-month period starting in January 2017. Officials were sending letters to current residents as well as former residents who stayed at the facility during the time of exposure.
Delaware State News is reporting that the facility “housed someone with active TB from January to September.” Free …

CMS proposes to resume pre-claim demo, potentially expand it to more states

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CMS is seeking public input into relaunching a pre-claim review demonstration for home health services. States that are potentially affected are located within the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Palmetto GBA’s jurisdiction.
“CMS proposes initially implementing the demonstration in Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and Texas with the option to expand to other states in the Palmetto/JM jurisdiction,” CMS says in a comment request posted on the Federal Register website May …

Eliminate medication issues, avoid regulatory citations and lost revenue

Drug regimen review (DRR) has always been a best practice for delivering quality care to residents. Effective October 1, 2018, DRR will be a quality measure in the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) created to assess whether providers are proactive in identifying and reconciling potential clinically significant medication issues. It’s essential that long-term care nursing staff understand the DRR process, as well as CMS’ expectations for the new requirement, in order to avoid citations and …