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Medicare should pay for skilled nursing services without a qualifying hospital stay, experts tell Senators

Medicare should pay for skilled nursing services without a qualifying hospital stay, experts tell Senators

The time has come to eliminate hospital stay requirements for beneficiaries to qualify for Medicare coverage of skilled nursing services, experts told a Senate committee Wednesday.

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Medicare rates could be adjusted for start and end of hospice care episodes, CMS report suggests

Medicare payments could be adjusted to reflect how hospice services tend to be more intensive at the beginning and end, according to findings recently published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Information Products & Data Analytics.

Nursing home resident dies after allegedly being smothered by son

A terminally ill nursing home resident in Ohio has died after his son is alleged to have smothered him, according to police.

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House passes bill to revamp veterans' care ... Professional nursing home exercise instructors boost resident involvement and exertion levels ... CA long-term care committee holds first meeting

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