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CMS Issues New QSO After White House Statement
On December 1, 2022 by Kari Everson
The White House released a statement on Nov. 22 announcing a six-week campaign targeted to increase COVID-19 vaccinations nationwide. Within the message, the Biden-Harris administration has a section specifically focused on nursing homes and our existing requirement to educate residents and staff on COVID-19 vaccinations and offer vaccination.
HHS OIG to audit for Potentially Preventable Hospitalizations from Care Centers
On October 27, 2022 by LeadingAge
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced an additional investigation as part of its 2022 work plan. Its added focus will be on whether skilled nursing facility residents were hospitalized with certain conditions and whether the facility provided services per the resident’s care plan and professional standards of practice.
Definition of Electronic Health Information Expanded to Include Electronic Protected Health Information
On October 13, 2022 by Mark Schulz
Starting on Oct. 6, the definition of electronic health information (EHI) in the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) expanded to include electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) that a patient has the right to access under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Healthcare providers must provide patients, residents, and clients easy access to a wider swath of EHI under the Cures Act or face potential penalties.
3-Day Hospital Stay Waiver In Effect Through End of Public Health Emergency
On October 13, 2022 by Kari Everson
The policy enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic waiving the requirement for a 3-day prior hospitalization for coverage of a SNF stay remains in effect.
New Manual Available on Serving Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness
On November 11, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry
The US Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a free downloadable manual, Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults with Serious Mental Illness.
“Information Blocking” Rule Takes Effect But Enforcement Mechanism Is Delayed
On April 7, 2021 by Jonathan Lips
A set of rules took effect this week that are designed to support secure patient access to electronic medical records, as well as smooth electronic exchange of patient information. The so-called “Information Blocking” rule was developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2020 Update
On January 6, 2021 by Bobbie Guidry
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued the 2020 update to the National Plan to address Alzheimer’s Disease. There have been updates yearly since this report was originally published in 2012. A complete list of the National Plan and updates, as well as an Action Side-by-Side, is available, as is more information about the National Alzheimer's Project Act .
PRF Phase Three Payments Going out to Providers
On December 16, 2020 by Jeff Bostic
Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) started distributing payments to providers who applied for phase three of the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) general distribution. Nationally, they are distributing $24.5 billion to more than 70,000 health care providers. The basis for the payments is half of the reported lost revenue and increased expenses from the first half of this year. Combined with previous PRF payments this is designed to cover the majority of the lost revenue and higher expenses experienced by health care providers through June.