OIG Recommends More Hospice Surveys — blog.weatherbee.net

The OIG continues to recommend that CMS increase the frequency of hospice recertification surveys.  On August 29, 2013 the OIG published a new hospice report  (OEI-06-13-00130) entitled the Frequency of Medicare Certification Surveys is Unimproved.

via OIG Recommends More Hospice Surveys — blog.weatherbee.net.

Putting Seniors In The Hospital Under ‘Observation’ May Cost Them Thousands – Kaiser Health News

Many seniors think Medicare made a mistake when they find out they were never officially admitted to the hospital despite a several-day stay.

via Putting Seniors In The Hospital Under ‘Observation’ May Cost Them Thousands – Kaiser Health News.

Federal government will not challenge state laws on marijuana | BMJ

Federal government will not challenge state laws on marijuana | BMJ.

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Quebec’s end-of-life bill makes palliative care more transparent

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Emily’s Top 5: Week of August 30, 2013 – Palliative in Practice

This week’s news featured several stories about Michigan expanding Medicaid, several more about Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s announcement that the government will reach its debt limit in mid-October (sigh), and several dozen about Palin’s entreaty to defund the health law.  Among them all were these, my top picks of the week.

via Emily’s Top 5: Week of August 30, 2013 – Palliative in Practice.

BMC Palliative Care | Abstract | A qualitative study examining the sustainability of shared care in the delivery of palliative care services in the community

This study may inform program and policy specific to strategic ways to improve the provision of team-based palliative home care using a shared care model, while simultaneously providing direction for team-based program delivery and sustainability for other jurisdictions.

via BMC Palliative Care | Abstract | A qualitative study examining the sustainability of shared care in the delivery of palliative care services in the community.

JAMA Network | JAMA | A Short Look at Long-term Care for Seniors

This month’s Visualizing Health Policy provides an informational snapshot of long-term services and support (LTSS) for seniors in the United States.

via JAMA Network | JAMA | A Short Look at Long-term Care for Seniors.

Measures would target abuse of painkillers in Indiana | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

Certain painkillers soon could require more than a doctor’s prescription. You might have to sign an agreement that you will use the medicines responsibly and submit to periodic drug tests.

via Measures would target abuse of painkillers in Indiana | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com.

CVS cuts access to opioid pain-killers for suspect doctors | Reuters

CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it has taken the unusual step of cutting off access to powerful pain-killers for more than 36 doctors and other healthcare providers found to prescribe the drugs at an alarmingly high rate.

via CVS cuts access to opioid pain-killers for suspect doctors | Reuters.

Indian government shelves plans for mercy killing law | BMJ

The Indian government has dropped plans for a bill that would have laid down clear procedures for withdrawing treatment and life support in the best interests of terminally ill patients.

via Indian government shelves plans for mercy killing law | BMJ.