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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided a good service to Americans when it created the Nursing Home Compare website -- an online service that enables consumers to find and compare nursing home quality information. But the service could be improved if CMS develops a more systematic approach for collecting information for the website, according to the Government Accountability Office.
The federal government issued revised nursing facility regulations last September, and most provisions became effective on Nov. 28. Now is the time for advocates, providers, and others to learn and implement the new regulations.
Researchers found that 794 residents (33.5%) had at least one fall, most of which occurred on days when a psychotropic drug was prescribed on a scheduled basis.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has just released a comprehensive revision of federal nursing facility regulations. The regulations and explanatory material (more than 700 pages) offer both positives and negatives.
The facility was in the process of being sold in 2015 when word spread that the new owner wanted to “convert the facility to a sub-acute setting” and “didn’t want long-term care residents.”
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week added six new quality measures to its consumer-based Nursing Home Compare website. Three of these six new quality measures are based on Medicare-claims data submitted by hospitals, which is significant because this is the first time CMS is including quality measures that are not based solely on data that are self-reported by nursing homes.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) releases a public data set that provides information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a public data set containing information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The Skilled Nursing Facility Utilization and Payment Public Use File (SNF PUF) contains information on utilization, payments, and submitted charges organized by provider, state, and resource utilization group (RUG).
If you’re with a skilled nursing facility that happens to be a member of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), chances are your SNF is among those that have lowered antipsychotic usage by nearly 30 percent nationwide, thus out performing non-member SNFs.
The three-year-old initiative is designed to test ways to reduce avoidable hospitalizations among long-stay nursing facility residents. For such individuals, avoidable hospitalizations can be dangerous, disruptive, and disorienting. CMS research has estimated that 45% of hospitalizations among nursing facility residents could be prevented with well-targeted interventions.
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