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Long-Term Care News Round-Up
March is off to a busy start in the world of long-term care. With several new developments from CMS and beyond, here is a round-up of what you should revisit or may have missed altogether as those announcements came pouring in. In a Senate Committee on Finance hearing on March 6, Dr. Kate Goodrich of CMS announced that ...
Efforts Continue to Reduce Antipsychotic Usage
CMS released a memo on March 1, 2019, announcing a two-pronged approach to improve antipsychotic utilization rates among nursing homes. Overall, the usage of antipsychotic medications in long-stay ...
Core Appendix Q Released
CMS has revised Appendix Q of the State Operations Manual (SOM), used by surveyors for guidance in citing immediate jeopardy (IJ). This revision, known as Core Appendix Q, will provide a template ...
The Freeze is Lifted but the Bar is Raised
On March 5, 2019, CMS announced several significant changes to the Five Star Quality Rating System. Changes will take effect April 24, 2019 and include adjustments to all three domains of the Five ...
LeadingAge Statement on March 6 Senate Finance Committee Hearing
Re: March 6, 2019 Senate Finance Committee Hearing, Not Forgotten: Protecting Americans from Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes