Date archive: March 2017

Proposed “Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017” Continues Trend to End the Enforcement of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreement

Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia have introduced the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2017. This bill, if enacted, would amend the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) by adding a new chapter invalidating agreements that require arbitration of employment, consumer, antitrust or civil rights disputes entered into before a dispute arises. Sen….

CMS Update – Sharp Rise in Denials for SNF Claims

CMS issued an update regarding what appears to be a sharp increase in the denial rate for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) as reported in the 2015 Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Report. The CERT Report showed denials increasing from 6.9% reported in 2014 to 11% in 2015. What did CMS attribute as the cause of…

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Biennial Meeting

Recently, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel met at its Biennial meeting in New Orleans on March 10th and March 11th. A panel of experts met to discuss the terminology and evidence related to end-of-life wounds and skin failure issues. You may have heard of the terms that are sometimes used to describe end-of-life wounds,…

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