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CMS Launches New Effort to Improve Care for Nursing Facility Residents

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS] announced a new test effort to reduce avoidable hospitalizations and improve the care for Nursing Facility residents by providing payments for common medical conditions that lead to hospitalizations. New payment initiatives in targeted facilities would provide for equal reimbursement to that of hospitals for comprehensive assessments at a skilled nursing facility for acute changes in a resident's status. In addition, participating skilled nursing facilities will be expected to provide training and equipment to enhance IV and cardiac monitoring.

Read the CMS News Release