• Observation Stay Update

    April 13, 2015

    Association Applauds Rep. Courtney for Reintroducing Bill to Help Fix Observation Status Issue

    Legislation ensures time spent as outpatient, satisfies Medicare requirement

    Washington, D.C. – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today commended Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT-2) for reintroducing the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. The legislation ensures that time spent under "observation status" in a hospital ...

  • ACP Wound Prevention And Treatment Guidelines

    March 26, 2015

    Philadelphia, March 3, 2015 -- The American College of Physicians (ACP) published two evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in Annals of Internal Medicine for the prevention and treatment of bedsores, also called pressure ulcers. Bedsores commonly occur in people with limited mobility, such as those in hospitals or long-term care settings.


    "Up to $11 billion is spent annually in the United States to treat bedsores and a growing industry ...

  • CPR - Is Your Facility Meeting the New Regulations?

    March 04, 2015

    On October 18, 2013 CMS released S&C: 14-01-NH regarding F155 and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes.  This memo was revised on 1-23-15. 

    The memo (see link below) gives guidance to surveyors on assessing a facilities policy for honoring resident choice and advance directives.  In the past, some facilities have chosen to not train their staff to initiate CPR but ...
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