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…