Nominations for the Platinum Awards now open

Submit your entry to the 9th Annual DecisionHealth Platinum Awards.
The Platinum Awards sets the standard for recognizing professionals and organizations who demonstrate success in the overarching healthcare continuum. Enter your program, care management model or professional successes that have improved healthcare delivery and impacted the lives of those you serve.  Entry deadline is December 4, 2017, late deadline, is January 8, 2018. The price of primary entry is $290. The price of additional entries is $145. A late entry …

Licensing standards for ALFs effective October 11

Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) has adopted amendments regarding a change of ownership in 40 TAC Chapter 92, Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities, effective October 11, 2017.  The adopted rules:

Specify that a change of ownership occurs when the federal taxpayer identification number of the license holder changes;
Require a license holder that does not undergo a change of ownership but adds an owner with a disclosable interest to notify HHSC of the addition no …

The essential role of MDS 3.0 in RCS-1

Written by Steven Littlehale, MS, GCNS-BC, executive vice president & chief clinical officer for PointRight. The full article originally appeared in the October issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care.
The clinical and technical eligibility requirements for skilled care coverage in a SNF are unchanged under the proposed RCS-1 system—and frankly, those are just about the only things that are unchanged. Changes implemented by the RCS-1 model include:

Where once therapy days and minutes served as the …

Officials turn a corner in battling CA wildfires, say most victims were elderly

Officials feared that winds expected to kick up over the weekend would defeat any progress they’d made in controlling California’s deadly wildfires that destroyed at least 5,700 homes and killed at least 40 people over the past week, with most of the victims being elderly. The weather, however, took a turn for the better, and officials finally feel they are getting a hold on the situation.
The Sonoma County sheriff announced on Sunday that the county …