Patient survey star ratings

Patient survey star ratings HHCAHPS (Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems) star ratings help you quickly and easily assess the patient experience of care information provided on Home Health Com...

SNF Quality Reporting Program (IMPACT Act 2014)

SNF Quality Reporting Program (IMPACT Act 2014) On September 18, 2014, Congress passed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (the IMPACT Act). The Act requires the submission of standardized data by ...

What is the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)?

What is the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)? The purpose of this page is to provide users with important announcements and updates regarding the LTCH QRP. This page is updated periodically wheneve...

What’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)?

What’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)? The IRF QRP creates IRF quality reporting requirements, as mandated by Section 3004(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of...


Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements

Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements The reporting of quality data by home health agencies (HHAs) is mandated by Section 1895(b)(3)(B)(v)(II) of the Social Security Act (“the Act”). This statute requires that ‘‘each home ...

What Part B covers?

What’s covered? Medicare covers services (like lab tests, surgeries, and doctor visits) and supplies (like wheelchairs and walkers) considered medically necessary to treat a disease or condition. If you’re in a Medi...


How Medicare works with other insurance

How Medicare works with other insurance (credit Medicare.gov) If you have Medicare and other health insurance or coverage, each type of coverage is called a “payer.” When there’s more than one payer, “co...

CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings

CMS Updates Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Ratings New quality measures are now included in the overall calculation for Nursing Home star ratings: Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the popul...


Medicare & Your Hospital Benefits

Medicare & Your Hospital Benefits (credit Medicare.gov) What’s covered? If you’re admitted to a hospital as an inpatient, Part A helps cover your hospital services. This generally includes a semi-private room, meals, gener...

Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient?

Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient? This booklet has important information about the following: If You Have Medicare – Ask! Did you know that even if you stay in the hospital overnight, you might still be considered an ...

When does Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility care begin?

When does Medicare coverage of skilled nursing facility care begin? This is the official U.S. government booklet about Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing Facility Care benefits for people with Original Medicare. This booklet ...

Heroin Use Increases As Prescription Painkiller ODs Fall

Heroin Use Increases As Prescription Painkiller ODs Fall Between August 2010 and December 2012, two changes — introduction of an abuse-deterrent OxyContin and removal of propoxyphene (Darvon) from the marketplace — led to a 20 ...



Sonic wave therapy

Many of us face pain on a daily basis for a number of reasons. For some the pain stems from an illness, advanced age, injury or an accident. Whatever the cause we seek anything that can help alleviate the pain from over the cou...

What is TOMO ?

Digital Tomosynthesis is now offered at DOC’s Diagnostic Outpatient Centers DOCs Tomo is offering the first mobile facility nationwide. You are still able to get your mammogram at one of our facilities but we are now offering b...

Counseling Resource Services

Welcome to Counseling Resource Services Sometimes life becomes too challenging or we want to make a change. When people need help they look for a skilled professional who will listen, understand and guide them on their life’s j...

The Conversation Project

The Conversation Project Our Purpose: The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved on...


What Is Pneumonia?

What Is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lung. It can be caused by fungi, bacteria, or viruses. Pneumonia causes inflammation in your lung’s air sacs, or alveoli. The alveoli fill with fluid or pus, making it...

What Is Congestive Heart Failure?

What Is Congestive Heart Failure? Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a chronic progressive condition that affects the pumping power of your heart muscles. While often referred to simply as “heart failure”, CHF specifically refer...


What Your Doctor’s Body Language Is Really Telling You?

What Your Doctor’s Body Language Is Really Telling You? (Credit MSN.com) Past research has shown when it comes to certain diseases and medications, not all racial and ethnic groups respond the same. Is it possible, then, ...

Legislative Alert ALF Bill Passes Florida Legislature

Legislative Alert, ALF Bill Passes Florida Legislature ALF Legislation Passes the Florida Legislature After four years of advocating on behalf of FALA and its members for policy changes in ALF regulations that focus on resident...


8 Facts About Anesthesia Everyone Should Know

8 Facts About Anesthesia Everyone Should Know (credit MSN) Learn the surprising facts about the medical mystery of anesthesia, from waking up during surgery to suffering amnesia post-surgery. If you’ve had surgery, your anesthe...

What is ThePatientChoice.com?

ThePatientChoice.com provides information directly to the patient, which allows the patient to make an informed decision for their healthcare needs upon leaving the hospital or healthcare setting. We provide the hospital with i...

Medicare and Home Health Care

Medicare and Home Health Care This is the official U.S. government booklet about Medicare home health care benefits for people with Original Medicare. This booklet has important information about the following: Many health care...

Study points to association between carbonated drinks and heart attacks

Study points to association between carbonated drinks and heart attacks (credit MSN) Limiting consumption of carbonated beverages could be beneficial for health according to a study involving 800,000 patients that associated th...



Most Americans’ hearts are older than their actual years

Most Americans’ hearts are older than their actual years (credit MSN) Three out of four Americans’ hearts are older than their chronological age, raising the risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death, offici...

Global Life Expectancy Rises, But People Live Sicker For Longer

Global Life Expectancy Rises, But People Live Sicker For Longer (credit MSN) LONDON (Reuters) – People around the world are living longer, but many are also living sicker lives for longer, according to a study of all majo...

New Molecular Therapy Has Potential To Treat Dementia And ALS

New Molecular Therapy Has Potential To Treat Dementia And ALS (credit MSN) Researchers developed a therapy to clear a “traffic jam” in brain cell nuclei, caused by a genetic mutation that is linked to ALS and dementia. A new st...

It’s Not Me, It’s You: When It’s Time to Break Up With Your Doctor

It’s Not Me, It’s You: When It’s Time to Break Up With Your Doctor (credit MSN) In medicine, as in love, the longer and deeper a relationship, the more difficult it is to sever ties. With today’s physician shortages and n...


11 Surprising Remedies For Your Arthritis Pain

11 Surprising Remedies For Your Arthritis Pain (credit MSN) When a twinge or creak around your joints brings your hinges to a stiffening stop, it may be time to take action before your cartilage rusts out completely. But before...

12 ways to trick yourself healthy

12 ways to trick yourself healthy (credit MSN) SMALL CHANGES, BIG RESULTS Finding the self-discipline to live a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy. But what if healthy changes required little to no effort on your part? C...





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