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Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program

The IMPACT Act mandates a quality reporting program for skilled nursing facilities. For federal fiscal year 2018 (FY18), SNFs that do not report required quality data to CMS will have their market basket updates reduced by two percent.
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Nondiscrimination Rule

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights, has finalized a regulation that implements nondiscrimination provisions enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Those provisions state that an individual shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
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Payroll Based Journal Reporting

Effective July 1, 2016, care centers must electronically submit to CMS complete and accurate direct care staffing information, including information for agency and contract staff, based on payroll and other auditable data according to specifications established by CMS. This new system is called Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ).
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Revision of Federal Overtime Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule that affects overtime pay for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees (the "white collar" exemption). It's currently on hold due to a preliminary injunction.
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OSHA Tracking of Workplace Injuries/Illnesses

Finalized May 12, 2016, this OSHA rule calls for electronic submission of injury and illness reports, and states that reports will be posted in a publicly accessible website. It also includes provisions requiring employer policies to support prompt and accurate reporting.
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Nursing Home Compare: Six New Quality Measures Publicly Reported

In April 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began posting data for six new quality measures on Nursing Home Compare. There are four new short stay measures and two new long-stay measures.
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Five Star Quality Rating System: Five New Measures Added to Quality Domain

In April 2016, CMS added six new quality measures (QMs) to Nursing Home Compare (see above). On July 27, 2016, CMS added the first five of those QMs to the Five Star Nursing Home Quality Rating System.
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Hospital Discharge Planning Requirements

CMS has issued a proposed rule that would require hospitals to assist patients in selecting a post-acute care provider by using and sharing SNF quality measures data.
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2012 Edition of NFPA 101 Life Safety Code

CMS has adopted the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) as well as provisions of the NFPA’s 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code. The 2012 LSC includes important changes from the 2000 edition of the LSC.
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Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies

This proposed federal rule revises the conditions of participation that home health agencies must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. It updates many existing regulatory requirements and creates new requirements.