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The potential break-up between hospitals and long-term care

The potential break-up between hospitals and long-term care

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The attempts of the hospital lobby and long-term care to move beyond casually dating to going steady hit a snag at the steps of a courthouse Monday.

Hospitals slap the government with lawsuits over 'two-midnight' policy to reduce observation stays

Hospitals slap the government with lawsuits over 'two-midnight' policy to reduce observation stays

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The American Hospital Association and other hospital groups have sued the federal government over the so-called "two-midnight rule," which was designed in part to ease access to skilled nursing services. The rule undermines the judgments of physicians and other clinicians, the hospital associations stated in their complaint, filed Monday in U.S. District Court.

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.

Medicare appeals at the administrative law judge level will be suspended for two years due to backlog, agency announces

Medicare appeals at the administrative law judge level will be suspended for two years due to backlog, agency announces

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Long-term care providers filing to have a Medicare claims appeal heard by an administrative law judge will not have the case assigned to a judge for at least two years, according to the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals.

Hospital group to implement CAUTI reduction program in long-term care facilities nationwide

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A successful program to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in hospitals will be expanded into long-term care settings nationwide, under a contract recently awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Docs, hospitals protest two-midnight rule

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A new policy meant to reduce the number of hospital observation stays should be delayed, and stakeholders should collaborate on a better way to achieve that goal, according to the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association.

Physician and hospital groups call for delay of 'two-midnight rule'

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A policy meant to reduce the number of hospital observation stays is not workable, and stakeholders should collaborate on more comprehensive solutions to the observation stay situation, according to the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association.

New edition for volunteer management reference book

New edition for volunteer management reference book

The American Hospital Association has released the third edition of "In a Nutshell: A comprehensive resource for Healthcare Volunteer Management."

Healthcare providers, workers' unions divided on recently passed bill to swap pay with time off

Healthcare providers, workers' unions divided on recently passed bill to swap pay with time off

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The House of Representatives has passed the "Working Families Flexibility Act." The bill, H.R. 1406, would allow employers to offer paid time off in place of overtime pay, and has put healthcare providers at odds with workers' unions.

Nursing homes are hospitals' silent cheering section on this one

Nursing homes are hospitals' silent cheering section on this one

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It's interesting how competition can make strange bedfellows. Nursing homes and hospitals, for example, are next-door-neighbors on the caregiving block. We all know who has the bigger house on this block, and it often creates resentment.

Providers urge federal investigation into inaccuracy of RAC audits

Providers urge federal investigation into inaccuracy of RAC audits

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A major hospital group has called for a federal investigation into mistakes made by recovery audit contractors. "Numerous inaccuracies" often result in improperly denied payments and decisions that go unpenalized, laments a letter sent by an American Hospital Association leader.

New bill would limit power of Medicare recovery audit contractors

New bill would limit power of Medicare recovery audit contractors

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Legislation introduced Tuesday aims to reduce some of the authority Medicare's recovery audit contractors (RACs) wield over investigations into provider claims.

Federal program would help consumers report medical mistakes, flaws

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Government officials are developing a program that would make it easier for patients and their families to report medical mistakes made by healthcare providers.

Why are more RAC audits happening? There are trillions of reasons

Why are more RAC audits happening? There are trillions of reasons

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Recovery audit contractors are stepping up their efforts to review Medicare billings. This appears to be a classic case of auditors gone wild.

Mandatory vaccinations vs. voluntary — not for wimps!

Mandatory vaccinations vs. voluntary — not for wimps!

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Let's talk about that controversial topic: mandatory healthcare worker influenza vaccination. I can hear the arguments for both sides already. But I say the case is clear.

Providers request significant changes to ACOs prior to implementation

Providers request significant changes to ACOs prior to implementation

As the comment period on the accountable care organizations proposed federal rule approaches its end, provider groups and pilot programs are asking for numerous changes, including reducing quality improvement measures.

The reaction to ACOs? Ouch!

The reaction to ACOs? Ouch!

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I haven't heard them pronounced this way yet, but long-term care providers might want to consider it when it comes to ACOs. Instead of spelling it out, as in A-C-O, say it phonetically, as in "Ache-O."

Long-term care struggling to hold onto employees, expert explains

A year after healthcare reform became law, finding and keeping good industry employees continues to be a massive challenge, especially in long-term care, an expert in healthcare recruitment and retention said Wednesday.

Chances for liability caps fade

Chances for liability caps fade

The chances that Congress will pass medical liability reform grew dimmer after a hearing in the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, according to Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX).

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