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.
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.
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.