Bill introduced to add dental, hearing, and vision services under Medicare coverage

February 3, 2017
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

On January 12, 2017, lawmakers introduced a bill that lifts restrictions which previously prohibited Medicare from covering basic healthcare necessities such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, and dental care. The Seniors Have Eyes, Ears and Teeth Act (H.R. 508) is anticipated to improve beneficiaries’ quality of life, while decreasing healthcare costs by creating healthier seniors.

Advancing care coordination through episode payment models final rule

February 10, 2017
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

In late December, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized new Innovation Center models that continue the Administration’s progress to shift Medicare payments from rewarding quantity to rewarding quality by creating strong incentives for hospitals to deliver better care to patients at a lower cost.

Staff retention: How to determine the success of a healthcare organization

February 16, 2017
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

A regional director for a SNF company with 24 facilities dialed in the conference number for the “Strategic Planning” call that had appeared on her calendar along with most of the rest of the corporate team. The CEO set up the call just the day before; nobody really had much of an idea why. She hoped it was a response to the rash of open positions throughout the company.

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