Posts tagged @cmsgov
Who’s On First? Today’s Caregiving Crisis
  • Caregivers, both present and former, know that we need serious policy reform today. The heavy economic, physical and emotional burdens of our broken caregiving system today are no laughing matter.

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Medicare Awards Quality with Star Ratings

Today I write to you with a good news story.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, commonly known as CMS, is demystifying the search for high quality health care.  CMS has instituted this rating system using  multiple information sources  that all Medicare qualified providers must report.

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Top Five Priorities for the CMS Post Acute Care Market

The keystones to senior care today are  the post acute care providers.  CMS latest changes clearly emphasize the role of Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) and Home Health in post acute and chronic care management.  Now starts the anguishing process of creating a coherent connected care encompassing all the above players with the consumer interests front and center.  Today, no two of the above silos use information from the same source or exchange them on the same or similar information system. The new incentives have the post acute care industry scrambling to compete for better reimbursement for their services.  

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Top Reasons for Nursing Home Star Ratings

It’s human nature to ignore unpleasant tasks until the last minute.  Like finding the best nursing home for a short stay or to remain under nursing care for the remainder of life on earth.   Few of us, outside the healthcare industry, would spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon visiting prospective nursing homes.  In fact most of us have no idea what to look for in a nursing home.

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