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Top Medicaid fraud convicts are nursing and home health aides, OIG says

Top Medicaid fraud convicts are nursing and home health aides, OIG says

Nearly one-third of Medicaid fraud criminal convictions the federal government obtained last year involved home health aides, a government report finds. Thirty percent of the 2014 cases involved home health aides, while certified nursing aides were culprits in 9% of convictions.

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Doctors' participation jumps in quality and e-prescribing programs

Doctors' participation jumps in quality and e-prescribing programs

Physician participation in the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Program grew 47% from 2012 to 2013, according to a federal report released late last week.

Court rules that SNF can't skip part of Medicare appeals process

Long-term care providers may not leapfrog standard administrative appeals in Medicare reviews, as one creative Louisiana nursing home was reminded last week.

Police blame post-hospital transition issues in mysterious death

A lack of communication between a discharging hospital and a residential-care facility is being blamed for the death of a 63-year-old man found drowned in a marsh, nine days after leaving the hospital.

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Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

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