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Hospices: Review First Provider Preview Reports by June 30

Provider Preview Reports for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) are available with Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2016, data. Providers who believe their quality measure results are inaccurate can request a CMS review until June 30.
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Interpretive guidelines issued for emergency preparedness rules

The final rule on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers was published on Sept. 16, 2016. This rule affects all 17 provider and supplier types eligible for participation in Medicare.
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CMS posts Hospice and Home Health QRP training materials

CMS has posted post-training materials (with answers to polling questions) from the April 25 Hospice Data Submission and Reporting and from the May 3-4 Home Health QRP Provider Training in Baltimore.
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CMS posts documents from May 2 SNF, LTCH, IRF quality reporting webinar

As promised, CMS has posted the recording, post-training materials and question and answer (Q&A) documents of the May 2 webinar explaining the Review and Correct process for the SNF, LTCH and IRF Quality Reporting Programs. The materials provide helpful information to providers on where to find the necessary reports within the CASPER system in order to make any necessary corrections prior to the quality reporting deadlines.

LeadingAge and UMass Boston establish LTSS Research Center

LeadingAge has teamed up with the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston to establish the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston. The center combines the expertise of applied and academic researchers with the unique perspectives of providers and consumers of long-term services and supports (LTSS).
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Applicants sought for AmeriCorps VISTA / Aging in Place

SDSU Extension is recruiting applicants interested in serving as AmeriCorps VISTA members for the Aging in Place Program. The application deadline is June 9.
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Community partners sought for Aging Gracefully Expo

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says a collaboration between the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division and the South Dakota State University Extension Office will expand the Aging Gracefully Program (AGE) statewide.
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Supreme Court sides with nursing home in Kentucky case

The U.S. Supreme Court has sided with a nursing home in a Kentucky case tied to powers of attorney and arbitration agreements. The high court ruled 7-1 decision that the Kentucky Supreme Court's clear-statement rule violates the Federal Arbitration Act by singling out arbitration agreements for disfavored treatment.

Happy National Nursing Home Week

This week marks National Nursing Home Week, a designation that has been incorporated into the celebration of Older Americans Month since 1967. The week spotlights nursing home residents and staff who create supportive and caring environments in which to live and work.
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Nominees sought for Circle of Life Awards

Nominees are being sought for the Circle of Life Awards, which celebrates innovation in palliative and end-of-life care. The awards will give top honors in 2018 to up to three programs or organizations.