From the Compliance Desk - 7/22/15

Our compliance expert scours the news to send you the best links of the week:

CMS to Test Concurrent Coverage of Hospice and Curative Care, Modern Healthcare | July 20, 2015

Terminally ill patients no longer will have to give up curative treatment to receive Medicare-paid hospice care, under a limited new program the CMS will start testing with 140 hospice providers as early as January. Read more

A Tisket, A Tasket…No LPNs in the RN Basket, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living | July 20, 2015

Reporting direct care hours is nothing new, but the Affordable Care Act takes it to the next level with mandatory quarterly electronic submission of staffing and census data. Read more

CMS Considered Prohibiting Binding Arbitration Entirely, Seeks Comments, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living | July 20, 2015

Facilities that present binding arbitration agreements to residents must ensure the residents fully understand the agreement, according to a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Read more

CMS Proposed Mandatory Antibiotic Stewardship Program For Long Term Facilities, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living | July 19, 2015

Nursing home regulation changes announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week includes a proposal that would require long-term care facilities to have an antibiotic stewardship program. Read More

What Boomers Want, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living |July 17, 2015

Healthcare and social assistance is already the largest industry sector in the US, which is only expected to continue to grow. It is estimated that the U.S. healthcare industry employs one in eight Americans, offers 16 million jobs, and generates about $2.7 trillion each year. Read more

Aetna’s Humana Acquisition Will Swell Its Medicare Advantage Business, Long-Term Living | July 8, 2015

In the largest acquisition of its type in the U.S. history of health insurance, Aetna announced plans to purchase rival Humana for $37 billion in cash and stock on July 3. Read more