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Minnesota Facilities Non-compliant on Use of CMP Collections

Residents of some Minnesota nursing facilities may be getting short shrift, according to a newly published report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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GAO: ‘Nursing Home Compare’ Website Needs Some Improvements

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.

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Now's the Time to Implement Revised Nursing Home Regulations

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.

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Study Links Psychotropic Drugs to Falls in Nursing Homes

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.

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New Federal Nursing Facility Regulations Analyzed

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.

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N. California Nursing Home Cited 29 Times for Illegal Evictions

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.”

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‘Nursing Home Compare’ Adds Three New Quality Measures

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.

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CMS Makes SNF-related Data Publicly Available

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).

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CMS Releases Skilled Nursing Facility Data

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).

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Group’s SNF Members Score Higher in Lowering Antipsychotics

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.

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