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Client Advisory: October 2019 Updates to the Nursing Home Compare Website and the Five Star Quality Rating System

On October 7th, 2019, CMS announced abrupt changes to the Five Star Quality Ratings System and the Nursing Home Compare website. The two changes are scheduled to go into effect on October 23, 2019 and include: 1) a conspicuous new warning icon to lab… Read More
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Client Advisory: SAMHSA Proposed Rule Amends the Way Confidential Records of Substance Use Disorder Patients are Handled to Facilitate Better Coordination of Care

Introduction Part 2 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations imposes limits on “the disclosure and use of substance use disorder patient records which are maintained in connection” with a federally assisted program that “holds itself out… Read More
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CLIENT ADVISORY: Revised Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities will Require Operational Changes

The previous Standards for Licensed Assisted Living Facilities (22VAC40-72) are being repealed and will be replaced with new comprehensive regulations (22VAC40-73).[1] The new regulations take effect on February 1, 2018, although the Department of So… Read More
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CLIENT ADVISORY: Skilled Nursing Facilities May Profit from Reducing Medicare Beneficiary Hospitalizations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimate that approximately 45% of hospitalizations for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are avoidable and may result in up to 8 billion dollars in Medicare and Medicaid costs.  As part of its… Read More
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HHS Releases Guide to Medicare Enrollment and Claims Submission

The Department of Health and Human Services recently released an informational booklet to help providers navigate the Medicare system. Specifically, the booklet contains helpful guidance on wide range of issues relevant to Medicare providers and supp… Read More
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