The House of Representatives earlier this week enacted an omnibus health care reform bill. The final bill includes three nursing home provisions that Mass Senior Care supported in order to preserve access to long and short term care.
At the June 13th Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) meeting, the Board revised Advisory Ruling (AR) 0801: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Long-Term Care Facilities to clarify and ensure compliance with current statutes, regulations and scope of practice standards. AR 0801 guides the decision making of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation when a patient in a health care setting has been found unresponsive. Mass Senior Care and provider members worked with the Department of Public Health, Bureau
On June 15th, the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality, the Drug Control Program and Board of Registration in Pharmacy, through the Bureau of Health Professions Licensure released a revised list of controlled substances in Schedules II-V that Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) are permitted to store on their premises in a locked Emergency Kit.
On June 15th, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued its annual policy report entitled June 2018 Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System . This report fulfills the Commission’s legislative mandate to evaluate Medicare payment issues and to make recommendations to the Congress. You can view the entire report or sections of the report from the MedPAC Report webpage . To view the fact sheet, click here . Please note that the report includes ten
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final version of the revised policies on the immediate imposition of federal remedies. The Quality, Safety & Oversight (QSO) memo 18-18-NH replaces S&C: 16-31-NH , released in July 2016 and S&C: 18-01-NH , published in a draft on October 27, 2017. With this finalized version of the immediate imposition policies, CMS has revised guidance in Chapter 7 of the State Operations Manual (SOM) related to the Immediate Imposition of Federal
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports are now available; visit the Spotlights and Announcements webpage for a list of quality measures based on quarterly data. Review your performance data by June 30, prior to public display on Nursing Home Compare . Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time; request a CMS review if you believe that your data is inaccurate.