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CMS warns of therapy scrutiny, reveals RUG-to-PDPM transition details

Skilled Nursing News (12/11/2018) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday provided details on the upcoming transition to the new Medicare payment model for skilled nursing facilities — as well as its key areas of scrutiny as the industry makes the switch. Full story »

Wisconsin training health providers to care for aging population

Wisconsin State Journal (12/09/2018) – Dr. Matthew Weiss’ “patient,” an older man playing the role of an 80-year-old with diabetes, told Weiss he recently fell on the way to the bathroom and hit a dresser. Full story »

How exactly do different kinds of Alzheimer’s medications work?

Self (12/06/2018) – Whether you just started medications to manage Alzheimer's disease symptoms or you're caring for someone with the condition, understanding a bit more about Alzheimer's treatment makes it less mysterious and, ultimately, helps you feel a bit more in control. Full story »

Texas’ largest nursing home operator files for bankruptcy, sparking concerns about patients, jobs

Dallas Morning News (12/05/2018) – Texas' largest nursing home provider, Senior Care Centers, has filed for bankruptcy in a serious setback for the Dallas-based company that drew fire last year for not evacuating patients before Hurricane Harvey struck. Full story »

Music intervention may improve mood, agitation in dementia

Healio (12/04/2018) – After engaging in a person-centered music intervention, individuals with dementia showed a positive change in mood and a decrease in agitation, according to study findings. Full story »

A closer look at which nursing homes earned bonus payments and penalties from CMS

McKnight's (12/04/2018) – A new Kaiser Health News analysis reveals individual performances after last week’s announcement that only about 27% of the nation’s nursing homes are receiving a bonus payment for reducing hospital readmissions within 30 days. Full story »

Medicare cuts payments to nursing homes whose patients keep ending up in hospital

Kaiser Health News (12/03/2018) – The federal government has taken a new step to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients by lowering a year’s worth of payments to nearly 11,000 nursing homes. It gave bonuses to nearly 4,000 others. Full story »

CMS implements stricter nursing home staffing survey rules for states

Skilled Nursing News (11/30/2018) – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday that it will use payroll-based journal data (PBJ) to bolster state oversight of nursing homes, effective immediately. Full story »

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