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Shorts On Long Term Care March 2017

News for the NC LTC Community

3.6.2017

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In This Issue

Thursdays with Mama - Life has a rhythm, a symmetry, a meter, a metric. It’s rarely smooth or perfect. It’s knots and knuckles, bumps and bruises. It’s rough and tumble. It sings its own song in its own time.

The OIG 2017 Work Plan Includes Focus On Nursing Facilities - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued its Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2017. The annual Work Plan provides a summary of new, revised, and continuing reviews for DHHS programs and operations, including Medicare and Medicaid. It describes ongoing audits, evaluations and specific legal and investigative matters. The release of the Work Plan provides an opportunity for nursing facilities to review their own operations and practices while comparing them to the objectives in the Work Plan in order to identify areas for compliance improvement.

Don't Bite! - In early February, the IRS issued “an urgent alert” concerning the latest version of the phishing scam that targets W-2 payroll information. In a scenario that has played out countless times, hackers generate a fraudulent email that looks like it came from an organization executive, asking HR personnel to send back employee W-2 forms in a return message. When the forms are sent, they are used to file fraudulent tax returns and for other malicious purposes.

Advance Health Planning Clinics Statewide in April 2017 - For the fourth year in a row, the NC Bar Association and numerous health care systems, hospice providers and senior advocates will be hosting free advance health care planning clinics in counties throughout North Carolina. Most of the clinics will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Here’s some information you may want to know:

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