OSHA Seeks Comments on Bloodborne Pathogen Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking public comments on its Bloodborne Pathogen Standards.  The Bloodborne Pathogen Standards are due for the three year Office of Management and Budget renewal under the Paperwork Reduction Act. As part of this renewal, OSHA has a particular interest in comments on the following issues:  Whether the…

Public Comment Sought on Community-based Palliative Care Measures

In September 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded seven organizations new cooperative agreements to partner in developing, improving, updating, or expanding quality measures for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP).  Among these cooperative agreements, authorized under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), was a $5.5 million grant to…

Federal Task Force Seeks Comment on Draft Pain Management Report

Among other actions, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA – Public Law 114-198) authorized creation of a Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force) charged with: Identification and review of existing best practices for pain management Determination of whether gaps or inconsistencies between such best practices exist, and Development of…

New York Plans to Create an Advanced Home Health Aide Program

The state of New York is currently accepting stakeholder comment on a plan, announced on June 27, 2018, to create an advanced home health aide program. The New York Advanced Home Health Aide (AHHA) program would allow a certain class of home health aides who have successfully completed training to perform advanced jobs under the…

CMS Seeks Input on Draft Measure for Transitions from Hospice Care, Followed by Death or Acute Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with RTI International to develop quality measures for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). The purpose of this project is to supplement the existing HQRP measure set, which includes quality measures based on the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare…