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Three reasons the new proposed CMS rules make the use of technology in LTC facilities more important

Posted by Erica Maity | Monday, September 21, 2015

By now you’ve probably heard about the new CMS proposed changes for Medicare and Medicaid participation. Announced during this year’s White House Conference on Aging, this proposal represents the first significant change to participation requirements since the early 90s. The 400-odd page document is not without controversy, with groups like LeadingAge protesting new staffing requirements listed therein as being unrealistic and potentially impossible for rural providers to meet. Other parts of the proposal have drawn praise, like its focus on person-centered care and antibiotic stewardship. Many organizations have written in detail about these new requirements, their pros and cons, and called for long-term care facilities around the country to say their piece (the comment period ended September 13th.)  I’d encourage you to poke around the web to see what people are saying, and if you’re feeling brave, even read the proposed changes themselves in the Federal Register.

Personally, though, what I found most interesting was just how much of a role technology will have to play in LTC administration and management moving forward.

New ways of using technology to better the lives of seniors in care facilities was a major talking point during the Conference. Susannah Fox, the CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said that technology “can have a positive effect on the lives of older adults: through data, connection, and invention,” and all three of these points are addressed in the new CMS proposed rules. While many of these rule changes can technically be accommodated with paper, it is becoming increasingly obvious that technology is the game changer that takes these updates from prohibitive and time-consuming to easy and fast. In the coming weeks we’ll take a look at three ways technology can help seniors aging into long-term care.  In the meantime, here are some sites where you can take a look at how people are reacting to the proposed CMS changes.

White House Conference on Aging

McKnights – Be proactive with new CMS regulations

Federal Register – Medicare and Medicaid programs reform of requirements for long term care facilities

McKnights – LeadingAge rallies against proposed Medicare, Medicaid changes

LeadingAge – Proposed Requirement of Participation

Erica Maity Erica Maity is a healthcare solutions expert who has been with Dude Solutions for three years. She has a passion for making sure that operations teams get the tools, insight, and respect they need to get the job done.