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Each year, more than one million people in this country develop a serious condition known as sepsis, and for around half of them, it proves fatal. Sepsis begins with the body’s natural response to combating infection (pneumonia and urinary tract …

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If you were asked to think of the most dangerous prescription drug on the market, you might zero in on an opioid. Indeed, the country’s deadly opioid epidemic is raging without apparent abatement. But another class of medication has been …

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Posted in Fraud and Abuse Long-Term Care Physicians and Healthcare Professionals Recent Healthcare News

California enacted its aid-in-dying law in June of 2016, and now, one year later, patients, advocates, opponents, and healthcare professionals have opinions about whether the law in action matches the intention that spurred it. The prerequisites for California residents availing …

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Posted in Long-Term Care Physicians and Healthcare Professionals Recent Healthcare News

There are 41 million Medicare beneficiaries in the country currently receiving prescription drug coverage from private Medicare Advantage plans or stand-alone plans. And many of those individuals may feel like they’ve run into a wall when they discover their plan’s …

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Posted in Healthcare Reform Long-Term Care Physicians and Healthcare Professionals Recent Healthcare News

Demographic experts say that by the year 2050, the nation’s population will be comprised of 88 million senior citizens. Considering the fact that that particular demographic needle currently hovers around the 48-million mark, that figure represents a sizable leap. When …

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Posted in Long-Term Care Physicians and Healthcare Professionals Recent Healthcare News

Before the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule expanding and updating Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for home health agencies (HHAs) early in 2017, those conditions had stood without major revision for almost two decades. The …

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Posted in Long-Term Care Physicians and Healthcare Professionals Recent Healthcare News

Hospice care providers participating in Medicare and Medicaid have, in recent weeks, been in receipt of notices from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that have likely been disconcerting. The CMS has been sending revised cap demands: nothing …

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Posted in Long-Term Care Physicians and Healthcare Professionals Recent Healthcare News

Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicly exposed a dozen hospitals for failing to report—or failing to report in a timely manner—patient injuries or deaths. The facilities in violation include the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai …

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Posted in Long-Term Care Physicians and Healthcare Professionals Regulatory Compliance

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently finalized new nondiscrimination rules intended to advance health equity and reduce health care disparities. Under the rule, which implements section 1557 of the Affordable Care …

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Posted in Long-Term Care Physicians and Healthcare Professionals Recent Healthcare News Regulatory Compliance