October 2013

CPR In a Nursing Home: One Policy Does Not Fit All Residents

The federal government has warned nursing homes that in developing and implementing a facility-wide policy for administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on residents, the nursing home cannot implement a blanket policy that applies to every resident.

Such a policy is not acceptable, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says, in its October 18, 2013, letter to state survey agency directors.

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Do Primary Care Physicians offer less care to Medicaid patients?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) relies on major Medicaid expansions but some critics argue that these patients would receive poorer quality of care than if they had a private insurance plan.  An analysis, of 31,000 primary care visits, published in the September 2013 journal of Health Affairs reported no evidence that primary care physicians offered less care to Medicaid patients than to other patients.

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Federal Court Dismisses Lawsuit by Medicare Beneficiaries Over "Observation Status"

In a widely watched case, a federal district court in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 14 Medicare beneficiaries to eliminate the practice by hospitals of "observation status."


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