ADL Adds SSL Encryption to Website

To Improve Website Security ADL Adds SSL Encryption

ADL has added SSL Certificates to our website to enhance the security of the website and the download material.

Why SSL Certificate? SSL is the standard used to secure the Internet and it protects sensitive information as it travels across the world. It keeps the Internet from being ruled by anarchists and criminals and provides many direct benefits to our clients.

Benefits of SSL: Encrypt Sensitive Information

The primary reason SSL certificates are used, is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the computer of the intended recipient can understand the messages/data. This is important because the information sent via the Internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server. Any computer in between you and the sending server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information, if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate.

When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server sending the information and the recipient that requested the information. This protects the data from hackers and identity thieves.

Detect cervical cancer early – get screened

All women are at risk for cervical cancer, but did you know it occurs most often in women over 30? About 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest female cancers to prevent. Medicare covers 2 types of screening tests – the Pap smear and human papilloma virus (HPV) test – that can help prevent cervical cancer, or find it early when treatment can work best.

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Watch our Cervical Health Awareness Month video and visit our cervical & vaginal cancer screenings page to learn what these tests do and how often they’re covered.

Also, visit the National Cervical Cancer Coalition website to find ways you can raise awareness about cervical cancer and how you can make a difference.

Filed under: Medicare coverage, Uncategorized
Source: US Govt Medicare


CMS Infection Control Pilot Project 2015-12-23

Project Overview

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun a three year pilot project to improve assessment of infection control and prevention regulations in nursing homes, hospitals, and during transitions of care.

Survey details

All surveys during the pilot will be educational surveys (no citations will be issued) and will be conducted by a national contractor. New surveyor tools and processes will be developed and tested, focusing on existing regulations as well as recommended practices (such as those for antibiotic stewardship and transitions of care). Ten pilot surveys to be conducted in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 will occur in nursing homes. Surveys in FY17 and FY18 will be conducted in nursing homes and hospitals.

Project Outcomes

New surveyor infection control tools and survey processes that can be used to optimize assessment of new infection control regulations.

Other MDS Technical News

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New MDS 3.0 CAT v1.02.0 Specs

MDS 3.0 Software Developers and Vendors,

New MDS 3.0 CAT v1.02.0 Specifications

CMS has released a new version (v1.02.0) of the Care Area Trigger (CAT) specifications for OBRA comprehensive assessments with an assessment reference date on or after 10/01/2016. Please note the changes to CATs 1 and 2, which were necessary due to the removal of the C1300 items in v1.14.0 of the MDS 3.0 item sets. This zip file may be found in the Downloads section at the bottom of the CMS MDS 3.0 Technical Information website.

Other MDS Technical News

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Prevent vision loss from glaucoma

How much are you at risk for getting glaucoma? Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes loss of vision—usually side vision—by damaging the optic nerve, which sends information from your eyes to your brain.

Fortunately, you can prevent vision loss by finding and treating problems early. Medicare covers a glaucoma test once every 12 months for people at high risk for glaucoma, including people who answer “yes” to one or more of these questions:

  • Do you have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma?
  • Are you African American and 50 or older?
  • Are you Hispanic American and 65 or older?

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. The start of a new year is the perfect time to schedule a regular eye exam to check for glaucoma.

Visit to find more information on Medicare’s glaucoma screening coverage, or watch our glaucoma awareness video. Also, visit the Prevent Blindness website to see how you can join the ongoing fight against vision loss.

Filed under: Medicare coverage, Uncategorized
Source: US Govt Medicare


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