Advanced Tissue Association News

ACA replacement plan is coming, Trump says

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Jan 18, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday his team has nearly finished developing a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, with the aim of providing "insurance for everybody," noting that he's only waiting for confirmation of HHS secretary nominee Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to put the plan forward. Trump also said he plans to target drug manufacturers in an effort to stem rising prices.

HHS enacts new person-centered nursing home regulations

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Jan 11, 2017

The first part of a three-phase overhaul of federal nursing home regulations took effect in November, and those in the industry say the changes will improve patient experience and allow people to be more involved in their own care. Among the changes already in effect, residents are allowed to choose their own roommates, have greater protections from financial abuse, and cannot be discharged during appeal of the discharge process or while awaiting an insurance payment decision.

MiMedx's EpiFix allograft scores reimbursement win from Aetna

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Jan 04, 2017

The use of MiMedx's EpiFix nonviable cellular amniotic membrane allograft for soft tissue regeneration has been classified by Aetna as medically necessary for patients with partial and full-thickness neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers in conjunction with standard diabetic ulcer care. The coverage became effective Dec. 23.

Rules aim to make nursing homes more patient-centric

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Dec 28, 2016

CMS assesses penalties for hospital-acquired conditions

Advanced Tissue SmartBrief | Dec 28, 2016

The CMS reduced payments by 1% for one year to 769 hospitals with high patient-injury rates, including hospital-acquired infections, blood clots, bed sores, falls and infections with Clostridium difficile or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Overall, hospitals have made progress in reducing preventable complications, and hospital-acquired conditions declined by 21% between 2010 and 2015, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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