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CMS ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO THE 5 STAR RATING SYSTEM

On February 20, 2015, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released more information about the changes in the 5 Star Rating System for nursing homes.  The "recalibration" of the rating system is anticipated to created a marked reduction in the number of nursing homes that acheive a 4 or 5 star rating.

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NATIONWIDE EXPANSION OF MDS FOCUSED SURVEYS

Beginning in 2015, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has plans for special surveys to determine Minimum Data Set coding accuracy..The number conducted by state will vary.

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IMPACT OF RECENT REGULATORY CHANGES ON LTC

This November 2014 article briefly reviews bundled payment changes, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), managed Medicaid, pay-for-performance requirements, and the increased complexity of medication management.

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APPROVAL FOR RDN ORDER WRITING IN HOSPITALS

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics issued a May 2014 press release that reviews its support for the CMS’s new rule that will provide patients with better health care and help hospitals function more efficiently. Learn more>>

 

FDA APPROVES NEW SWEETENER: MAY 2014

The Food and Drug Administration announced its approval of a new high-intensity food additive called advantame. It is safe for use as a general-purpose sweetener and flavor enhancer in food, except meat and poultry.  Learn more>>

 

LOOKING FOR WAYS TO BOOST YOUR MEMORY?

 A recent study found that the Mediterrean Diet aids in keeping the brain sharp  by enhancing cognitive function, memory and alterness.  Specific foods have been identified in helping recall when added into one's diet.  Learn more>>

 

POSITION PAPER RELEASED ON FLOURIDE

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics supports the use of fluoride as an "important public health measure" that promotes overall health. However, at this time, use of high doses of fluoride for osteoporosis prevention is considered experimental only. It is recommended that dietetics practitioners routinely monitor and promote the use of fluorides for all age groups. Read the position paper>>

 

POSITION PAPER ON FOOD AND NUTRITION FOR                  OLDER ADULTS

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has analyzed the influence that food and nutrition has on health and quality of life as we age.  This newly released position paper reviews that it is never too late to start making healthful food choices, especially with the guidance of a registered dietitian. Learn more>>

 

COLLABORATION IN STANDARDIZING THE

                        DIAGNOSIS OF ADULT MALNUTRITION

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) and the merican Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) recommend that a standardized set of diagnostic characteristics be used to identify and document adult malnutrition in routine clinical practice. Six characteristics have been idenitifed with adult malnutrition.  If 2 or more of the 6 characteristics are identified, a diagnosis of malnutrition should be considered.Learn more>>

 

DINING PRACTICE STANDARDS

The Pioneer Network has released nationally agreed upon food and dining standards of practice to support individualized care and self-directed living.  Click here to print a downloadable version of the document.