Monday August 12, 2013
On June 27, 2013 CMS released the final ruling on contract requirements between long term care providers and Hospice Services. This regulation will be effective on August 26, 2013. Because there are similar services provided by both long term care facilities and hospice providers it is possible for residents to receive the same services or conflicting services from both companies. The rationale behind the final ruling from CMS is to help ensure safe and quality care for residents by requiring a written agreement between the long term care facility and the hospice provider outlining the services that will be provided by both entities.
Thursday May 30, 2013
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) required all Medicare/Medicaid Skilled Nursing Facilities to have an effective Compliance and Ethics Program in place by March 23, 2013.
Monday April 22, 2013
Amgen, Inc., a California-based biotechnology company, has agreed to pay the United States $24.9 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act for marketing Aranesp to treat anemia in nursing home residents.
Tuesday March 26, 2013
On March 19, CMS issued in the Federal Register, a final rule that outlines steps that long-term care facilities need to take if they decide to cease business operations
Friday September 14, 2012
Hand Hygiene (HH) has always been a concern in long term care facilities and recently, in some states, there has been an increase in the number of citations being written related to HH.