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60 seconds with ... Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

60 seconds with ... Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Q: Would an SGR repeal inevitably be financed through Medicare cuts to long-term care providers?

Long-term care to go Ivy League for new research

Long-term care to go Ivy League for new research

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It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has decided to buy itself a whole lot of credibility. I mean that only in a good way.

Doc fix bill once again is less than LTC field had hoped for

Doc fix bill once again is less than LTC field had hoped for

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A measure President Barack Obama signed into law does a lot more for doctors than it does for long-term care operators.

People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers find

People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers find

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Seniors are more likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge if they have dementia, and the risk increases if they are taking an antipsychotic medication, according to recently published research findings. The study also found that discharge to a skilled nursing facility reduced hospital readmission risk when compared to discharge with home health services.

Sebelius resigns as administration touts ACA enrollment numbers

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Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as head of the Department of Health and Human Services, White House officials confirmed to news outlets Thursday.

Audits paused, providers glad

Audits paused, providers glad

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Long-term care providers are applauding a pause in the Medicare recovery audit contractor program.

Feds recover $10 million in incorrect Medicaid payouts

Feds recover $10 million in incorrect Medicaid payouts

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Federal investigators recovered more than $10 million in incorrect Medicaid payments made to nursing homes in 2013, an annual review shows.

Extra audits clog and freeze  Medicare appeals process

Extra audits clog and freeze Medicare appeals process

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Providers who want to have an administrative law judge consider a Medicare claim appeal can save their breath and memos for now.

Local 'religiosity' often tied  to fairer business practices

Local 'religiosity' often tied to fairer business practices

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A number of the nation's largest nursing facility corporations might have better business practices because their headquarters are in communities where religion is important to many people, new study results suggest.

Profile: Headlines to headliner

Profile: Headlines to headliner

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It could have been fate that led Leonard Russ to healthcare. No one will really know. But what it wasn't was expected.

Liability costs will climb 5%

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Long-term care operators can expect a 5% increase in liability costs in 2014, according to a new analysis from Aon Global Risk Consulting and the American Health Care Association.

AHCA members near antipsychotics usage goal

AHCA members near antipsychotics usage goal

The AHCA Quality Initiative goal to reduce antipsychotics use is in sight, the group announced Wednesday. The goal is 15% by the end of this month. The group used federal data in its calculations.

Nursing home trust-fund crimes aided by lack of oversight: report

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Theft or poor management from trust funds of nursing home patients is aided by a lack of regulations, according to a new USA TODAY report.

Review targets stolen money

Review targets stolen money

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Leaders in the U.S. Senate have called for a government review of how nursing homes handle facility-managed trust funds.

AHCA leader: Progress made

AHCA leader: Progress made

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The leader of the nation's largest nursing home association trumpeted gains made over the last three years but also exhorted members to press for more change.

Dr. Ben Carson nicks a long-term care nerve

Dr. Ben Carson nicks a long-term care nerve

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At the end of a long day doing skillful and important things for elderly residents, do you ever pause and mutter to yourself, "He won't get any better. She won't live much longer. What an incredible waste of my very valuable time." I didn't think so. That's why I'm glad you chose a career in long-term care and Dr. Ben Carson didn't.

AHCA will play offense to win reimbursement victories, new chief lobbyist says

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The nation's largest long-term care provider association will be proactive in the face of reimbursement threats, according to the organization's new lead lobbyist, Clifton Porter II.

Fewer residents given antipsychotics: CMS

Fewer residents given antipsychotics: CMS

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Fewer residents with dementia are being prescribed antipsychotic medications, according to new figures heralded by the government and the nation's largest nursing home association.

Illinois Health Care Association rejoins national group

The Illinois Health Care Association has returned to the membership rolls of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living."Illinois is too large a state and too critical a player in the nation's delivery of long term and post-acute care to not be active in Washington," said Holgeir Oksnevad, president of IHCA.

AHCA: Changing QIO structure would compromise skilled care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should preserve state-based quality improvement organizations for Medicare oversight, according to a large number of healthcare groups, including the American Health Care Association.

Saber expands its footprint

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Saber Healthcare Group has made its first appearance on the American Health Care Association's annual list of the 50 largest U.S. nursing facility companies.

To save Medicare, SNFs pay

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The good news: Medicare's long-term solvency is likely to improve. The bad: This will likely happen at the expense of nursing homes.

AHCA, Alliance merge to augment Hill clout

AHCA, Alliance merge to augment Hill clout

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The nation's largest nursing home association has re-absorbed an aggressive sub-group of large nursing home operators to create an even stronger lobbying organization for long-term care providers.

Long-term care wants its own 'fix' if docs get one

Long-term care wants its own 'fix' if docs get one

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If you hang around long enough, you learn there are only two things long-term care providers fear after Republicans and Democrats. That would be hospitals and doctors.

Nursing home lobbying merger was a long time in coming

Nursing home lobbying merger was a long time in coming

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Almost immediately after the 2006 schism that threatened to fully tear them fully apart, some stakeholders wanted to see the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care remain united with the American Health Care Association. Gradual Alliance attrition, combined with the effects of hard knocks from regulators and lawmakers, helped make it a reality this week.

Major nursing home provider-lobbying groups to merge

Major nursing home provider-lobbying groups to merge

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The nation's two strongest long-term care provider lobbying groups are uniting to form a singular, more powerful voice, the pair announced Tuesday morning.

Looking to open eyes about 'observations'

Looking to open eyes about 'observations'

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Bully for provider groups pulling out the stops to draw attention to the ludicrous mishandling of "observation stay" designations by many hospitals. One prong of the plan is to have providers supply anecdotes about individuals hurt financially and emotionally by the practice.

Deadline for HITECH disclosure rule is now 'fluid,' federal official says

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A controversial "accounting of disclosures" provision of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act will probably not be finalized before the scheduled Jan. 1, 2014, deadline for compliance, according to a senior Department of Health and Human Services official.

Kohl painkiller bill reappears in waning days of Senate term; AHCA voices objections

Kohl painkiller bill reappears in waning days of Senate term; AHCA voices objections

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A bill meant to provide relief for nursing home residents who need painkillers would create the possibility of huge penalties for healthcare practitioners and long-term care facilities, a top lobbyist warned yesterday.

Senate Finance Chairman accuses long-term care providers of 'gaming' dual-eligible reimbursements

Senate Finance Chairman accuses long-term care providers of 'gaming' dual-eligible reimbursements

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Long-term care providers struck back quickly late last week after the chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee accused them of "gaming" the reimbursement system during a hearing on caring for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

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