From the Compliance Desk - 8/3/16

Hospitals will pivot to post-acute care to thrive under cardiac bundles

Modern Healthcare | July 26, 2016

In the days and months after a heart attack, a patient has a long list of tasks to remember as they recover: Take medications, eat nutritious foods, go to physical therapy, to name just a few. Read more

Meet your new foe, same as the old foe

McKnight’s |July 28, 2016

Almost 51 years ago today, President Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. As a result, the way our oldest and frailest citizens receive care has been radically transformed. Read more

Hospice can pay SNFs for dual eligible, feds say

McKnight’s |July 28, 2016

Federal health officials have given a green light to a hospice provider’s proposal to make supplemental payments to skilled nursing facilities for dual eligible patients. Read more

CMS boosts skilled nursing payments by 2.4%

McKnight’s | July 31, 2016

Skilled nursing facilities will see an estimated 2.4% payment increase – a total of $920 million – for fiscal 2017, according to a final payment rule released late Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Read more

Bundled-payment expansion brings providers more risk – and opportunity

Modern Healthcare | July 30, 2016

Heart attacks strike about 735,000 people in the U.S. every year. For about 210,000 of them, it’s not the first time. The Obama administration, with less than six months on the clock, is betting that changing the way Medicare pays hospitals and physicians to treat them can trim those numbers and save money. Read more