Shorter nursing home assessments. (Policy & Practice).
A new paperwork requirement will let physicians, nurses, and other
caregivers spend more time with nursing home patients. Medicare has
required nursing homes to fill out an eight-page patient assessment form
at regular intervals to ensure payment for care of beneficiaries.
Starting this month, nursing homes may use a much shorter,
three-and-a-half page assessment. The streamlined forms "require
only the information that we need to pay claims correctly and assess the
quality of care provided," CMS Administrator Tom Scully says.