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Effective Compliance and Ethics Programs Most healthcare providers are not required by current law to have broad-based compliance and ethics programs – although they are strongly encouraged. Under Healthcare Reform, the HHS Secretary in consultation with the Office of Inspector General (OIG ) must adopt regulations requiring nursing homes (skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and “nursing […]

Consumer website “Nursing Home Compare” is a website operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency that runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs, in order to provide information obtained through the government’s regular oversight of nursing home operations and quality to consumers. Under the new Health Reform statute, there will […]

CMS has for a number of years operated a pilot program whereby 7 States (AK, ID, IL, MI, NV, MN, WI) conducted comprehensive background checks on potential direct-patient-access employees of long-term care facilities.  Both the House and Senate bills would extend this program “nationwide” – with the proviso that for it to be applicable to […]

Large chunks of any new health reform law are not designed to go into effect until 2013 or later – but both the House and the Senate bills provide some immediate help for those who currently lack healthcare coverage.  Here is a summary of key provisions in the bills.


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