HHS has published Provider Letter PL2020-29 regarding the new Texas Administrative Code Rules and amendments governing Administrative Penalties, informal dispute resolution and amelioration for the above providers. The rules took effect April 28, 202, however the administrative penalty portion will not impact violations identified prior to September 1, 2020. Stay tuned to this blog for further details. … [Read more...] about Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living Provider Letter
Since the legalization of CBD oil a little less than a year ago, the already massive interest in using it has greatly increased in Texas. People with conditions that reputedly can benefit want to try it. Some of those people might be residents in your nursing home, assisted living center, group home or home health program. This episode will discuss things you need to know about CBD oil and medical cannabis. With me to discuss this is Lisa Mahfouz Morris of Lakeway Botanicals. … [Read more...] about Grand Rounds Legal: What Health Providers Should Know about Medical Cannabis and CBD Oil with Lisa Mahfouz Morris of Lakeway Botanicals
CMS arranged and paid for an investigation by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) to look at quality measures pertaining to Hospice which found troubling results. Previously, the OIG had identified "that 18 percent of all hospices in a nationwide survey had serious deficiencies, like failing to vet staff." The GAO report concluded that ..."eighty for-profits failed to send registered nurses, physicians or nurse practitioners to visit discharged patients even … [Read more...] about GAO Gives Troubling Report Regarding Lack of End-of-Life Visits by Hospice
Replacing the stethoscope. https://youtu.be/q2S8NlTk_8I … [Read more...] about The Butterfly IQ–Changing the Future of Medicine?
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced on Monday that is is taking steps to expand the number of federally authorized marijuana manufacturers for research purposes. In the three years since DEA first said it would be accepting applications for cannabis manufacturers, the agency has received 33 submissions. In a notice of applications set to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, DEA said the “unprecedented” volume of inquiries makes it necessary to develop new … [Read more...] about DEA to Finally Take Action on Marijuana Grower Applications
An interesting story has been published by JAMA about this: "The move to single-patient rooms at the McGill University Health Centre's (MUHC) Glen site in 2015 resulted in significantly reduced rates of hospital-acquired infections, suggests a study published today in the highly respected journal JAMA: Internal Medicine published by the American Medical Association. A team at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) found that rates of both colonization … [Read more...] about Single-Patient Rooms Found to Decrease Hospital-Acquired Infections
Nursing home owners who have HUD loans should take note of this: A judge has approved a nearly $1 million penalty for the former leader of a nursing home chain after the company defaulted on $146 million in loans — the biggest default in the HUD federal mortgage insurance program’s history. Note the fact that and an individual was the target. … [Read more...] about Almost 1 Million Dollar Penalty for Nursing Home Leader in HUD Loan Default
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is advocating future model state policies to resolve issues regarding banking issues for marijuana and for legalization of hemp and CBD: "Tasks forces of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a nonprofit that brings together conservative lawmakers and private sector stakeholders to draft and distribute model policies for consideration by state legislatures, discussed banking issues in the marijuana industry … [Read more...] about Proposals for Marijuans Banking and CBD Bills Floated
On Augst 1, 2019, HHS posted a new provider letter entitled: Information Letter No. 19-14 Routine Home Care First 60 Days Recoupment of Overbilling on Routine Home Care First 60 Days. The purpose is as follows: The purpose of this letter is to inform Medicaid hospice providers that HHSC intends to review billing for routine home care (RHC) and recoup overbilling at the higher RHC rate. On January 1, 2016, HHSC implemented the changes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services … [Read more...] about New Hospice Provider Letter Warns Recoupment at Higher Routine Home Care Rate
Can you be fined and have action taken against your license for following CMS Opioid guidelines? According to Modern Medicine Network, you can: "In a recent case, the New Hampshire Board of Medicine investigated a physician who is board certified in pain management and anesthesiology after cutting back a chronic pain patient’s prescription opioid painkillers. The patient had been on a dosage of 80 mg of OxyContin twice daily and 30 mg of oxycodone four times a day for many years. … [Read more...] about CMS Opioid Guidelines: A Catch 22?