Regulations around the Stark Law, while well-intentioned, are "woefully outdated" in an era of value-based care, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) head Seema Verma writes in Health Affairs this week. In the article, she explains the reasoning behind the new final rule. Read it here
More bad news on the nursing home front: 61% of Americans who responded to a long-term care poll said that they would rather die than live in a nursing home. The survey by the Nationwide Retirement Institute found that almost half of these adults worry more about facility safety than they did before the pandemic began. You can see the full results here
American Association for Homecare is asking home medical equipment providers to reach out to Republicans in the Senate who have expressed reservations about extending the moratorium of the 2% Medicare sequester through the public health emergency. If you want more info, check out the organization's Action Center.