Family members have a considerable influence on hospitalization decisions, but sometimes a family may demand hospital care when a hospital isn’t the best or only choice. This can lead to inefficiencies and high costs.
Earlier this week, on November 16th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) final rule. This establishes a mandatory demonstration for a hospital-controlled, bundled payment for lower extremity joint replacement patients.
We would like to recognize Sage Weaver, our program director at Kindred Medical Hill in Oakland, California, who recently attended the AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Visioning Summit in Washington D.C. The AOTA president personally invited Sage and thirty other stand-out occupational therapists.
In an effort to directly involve patients in their care, CMS proposed a new rule late last week that would change discharge planning requirements for acute hospitals and settings across the post-acute continuum. CMS’ focus was in driving consumer-centered healthcare in alignment with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act).
Medicare has proposed narrower requirements for reimbursements of lower limb prosthetics in an effort to curb fraud, but some in the amputee community worry that the new guidelines would hinder access to artificial limbs.
Each year, we pause to reflect on the importance of rehabilitation in healthcare and the successes of occupational, physical and speech therapy. So when did we begin setting aside a week devoted to rehabilitation?
Modern Healthcare recently released to the public their 2015 'Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare' list. Leading the pack were U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and President of the United States Barack Obama. This is seen at large as a reflection of the centrality in healthcare based on the Affordable Care Act and the battle over its future.
Don’t miss the upcoming McKnight’s Long-Term Care News Fall Online Expo on Wednesday, September 9. The event seeks to answer the many remaining questions about recent proposed payment changes for Medicare.
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