Weekend Wrap-Up / Miscellany

  • In addition to sponsoring a very useful Hospital Compare website, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) sponsors a Nursing Home Compare website. CMS announced this week that

    For the first time, information about nursing homes on the Compare Web site will list whether a home is or has been on CMS’ special focus facility (SFF) list. The agency’s SFF initiative gives heightened scrutiny to nursing homes that have a history of poor performance or repeated violations of state and federal health and safety rules.“Today’s expansion of information on Nursing Home Compare will give beneficiaries a more complete picture of a nursing home’s history of providing quality care,” CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems said.

  • Modern Healthcare.com published an interesting article about criminal prosecutions related to violations of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.