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New Antibiotic Federal Requirements

New Antibiotic Federal Requirements

New Antibiotic Federal Requirements

New Antibiotic Federal Requirements

New antibiotic federal requirements go into effect in November 2o17. The federal government is requiring skilled nursing facilities and post acute care facilities to implement new systems into their infection control programs to combat antibiotic resistance. This new requirement was part of a series of provisions the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued this past October. These new requirements are a condition of participation in Medicare and Medicaid for long term care and post acute care facilities.

These new CMS requirements call for facilities to designate an infection preventions by November 2019...

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Supreme Court Pick Good for Healthcare

Supreme Court Pick Good for Healthcare

Supreme Court Pick Good for Healthcare

Supreme Court Pick Good for Healthcare

President Trump’s nomination for Supreme Court, good for Healthcare. Judge Gorsuch has a history of looking at what he sees as over regulation and a lack of specificity. This could bring some serious regulatory relief to the healthcare industry.

He currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit where he has expressed concerns over how federal agencies produce regulations and then how they interpret them. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not escaped his frustration and concern.

In a recent case Judge Gorsuch, where CMS attempted to recapture Medicare reimbursement from a provid...

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CMS Final Rules Issued

Final Rules Issued

Final Rules Issued

Final Rules Issued

The final rules have been issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for long term and subacute providers. Providers feel that the new rules are impossible to meet in the time frame provided.

The issue is not that the patient care centered changes are not appropriate or even long over due. The issue for the providers is the timeline and the work force requirements. Under the current timeline for implementation the providers believe that they are being set up for failure. The regulations and the timeline fail to recognize the difficult workforce environment, the lack of specific guidelines and resources to implement them...

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CMS to Pay for Care Coordination

CMS to Pay for Care Coordination

CMS to Pay for Care Coordination

CMS to Pay More for Care Coordination

CMS to pay for more care coordination. Doctors in 2017 will be paid more for care coordination, disease prevention and mental/behavioral health care services.

Under the final physician fee schedule the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has allocated an additional $140 million on these services. It is estimated that fees for these services could reach $4 billion, according to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt. Clinicians will be paid more for coordinating patient care and spending more time managing their patients beyond the office visit. CMS is recognizing in their payment codes primary care, care management

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