From the Compliance Desk - 9/2/15

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

Highlight: Resources for Increasing Influenza Vaccination Among Healthcare Personnel in Long-term Settings, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | August 14, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) developed a toolkit to help long-term care employers and administrators promote influenza vaccination among their workforce and to help anyone working in LTC facilities understand the importance of influenza vaccination for LTC workers. Read More

Structure, Strategy Key to Implementing IMPACT Act Standards, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living | August 25, 2015

Long-term care providers work with four “building blocks” of standards under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, experts said during a McKnight’s Super Tuesday webcast. Read more

Nursing Home’s Safety Documents Not Protected, Court Rules, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living | August 26, 2015

A North Carolina nursing home operator can’t claim privilege in protecting documents created by its safety committee from discovery, a federal trial court has ruled. Read more

Post-Acute Push Boosts ACO Savings, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living | August 26, 2015

Medicare accountable care organizations saved the federal government more than $411 million in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Read more

Ruling Could Help Providers Recover Money From Medicare Advantage Sequestration Cuts, Modern Healthcare | August 27, 2015

A recent decision by a federal judge may help bolster providers’ lawsuits against Medicare Advantage plans over those plans’ decisions to slash reimbursement rates in response to federal budget cuts. Read more

GAO to Investigate SMS Five-Star Quality Rating System, Provider Long Term & Post-Acute Care |August 28, 2015

That was fast: Three weeks upon receiving a congressional letter of request, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced that it will prepare a report on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating System, a metric on the agency’s Nursing Home Compare website that consumers use to rate nursing care centers. Read more

SNF Cost-Comparison Report: Occupancy Rates Down, Cash-On-Hand Increases, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living | August 30, 2015

A decline in occupancy rates and an increase in days cash-on-hand are among the findings included in CliftonLarsonAllen’s sweeping Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Comparison Report. Read more