Headlines continue to be dominated with news regarding the controversial and highly debated GOP repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The array of groups taking strong positions on the bill is due in part to the White House’s actions in an extraordinarily compressed timeframe, as well as the impact it may have on many parts of the United States economy and the health care of millions of Americans. However, what does it all really mean for post-acute providers?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final version of a broad-based regulatory update amending the Nursing Home Requirements of Participation. The comprehensive Final Regulations represent the most significant change to the delivery of nursing home care since OBRA '87.
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) published a manuscript documenting the proceedings at the consensus conference held in April 2016, announcing terminology and staging changes that will affect how clinicians classify pressure injuries. NPUAP used a methodical and collaborative approach to examine the available evidence and incorporated current interdisciplinary clinical expertise to better define the important phenomenon of pressure injury etiology and development.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule that will impact healthcare providers across the country. According to OSHA, the governing agency will publicize the injury and illness data of employers in high-hazard industries on their website.