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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 Unveils Websites for Comparing Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has unveiled two new websites for consumers that include information comparing rehabilitation facilities and long-term care facilities. CMS says that these websites are optimized for mobile use. The sites are located at medicare.gov/inpatientrehabilitationfacilitycompare/ and medicare.gov/longtermcarehospitalcompare/ By Jonathan W. McCrary

CMS Final Rule – §483.75 Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI)

Implementation Date: Phase 3 – November 28, 2019 – with the following exceptions Phase 2 – November 28, 2017 – §483.75(a)(2) Initial QAPI Plan must be provided to State Agency Surveyor at annual survey Phase 1 – November 28, 2016 -  §483.75(h) and (i) – Disclosure of information and Sanctions Phase 1 – November 28,…

CMS Final Rule – §483.20 Resident Assessment

Implementation Date: Phase 1 – November 28, 2016 The revision to §483.20 includes moving subsections (k) and (l) to §483.21(b) and (c) respectively. Additionally current §483.20(m) has been moved to 483.20(k) with the revisions noted below. The Final Rule revises §483.20(b) to clarify that a resident’s comprehensive assessment is not only for the purpose of…

CMS Final Rule – §483.65 Specialized Rehabilitative Services

Implementation Date:  Phase 1 – November 28, 2016 The regulations regarding Specialized Rehabilitative Services have been relocated from §483.45 to §483.65. Under the revised regulations “respiratory therapy” has been added to the list of specialized rehabilitative services that must be provided by the facility. Therefore, under 483.75(g) and (h) the facility must now either employ…

CMS Final Rule – §483.55 Dental Services

Implementation Date:  Phase 1 – November 28, 2016 with the following exceptions: • §483.55(a)(3) and (a)(5) Loss or damage of dentures and policy for referral – Phase 2 – November 28, 2017; • §483.55(b)(3) and (b)(4) Referral for dental services regarding loss or damaged dentures – Phase 2 – November 28, 2017. The Phase 1…

CMS Final Rule – §483.50 Laboratory, Radiology, and Other Diagnostic Service

Implementation Date: Phase 1 – November 28, 2016 The new §483.50 incorporates regulations previously contained in sections §483.75(j) and (k). The revised regulation now allows, not only physicians, but also physician assistants, nurse practitioners and/or clinical nurse specialists (“mid-level providers”), to order laboratory, radiology and other diagnostic services and receive the results of those orders….

CMS Final Rule – Comprehensive Analysis by Sandberg Phoenix LTC Team

Over the next few weeks, the Sandberg Phoenix Long-Term Care and Senior Housing Team will be rolling out its analysis of the new CMS Final Rule revising the requirements that Long-Term Care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. We will address each revision and how it impacts both the care…


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