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'Bill of rights' for LTC residents a scheme to boost personal injury firm, group claims

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A recently proposed "bill of rights" to protect Florida long-term care residents is a thinly-veiled attempt to drive business for a personal injury law firm, according to one seniors advocacy group.

State suspends license, accuses SNF staff of cover-up as facility's post-Irma death toll rises to 10

State suspends license, accuses SNF staff of cover-up as facility's post-Irma death toll rises to 10

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Florida officials on Wednesday suspended the license of a nursing home where residents died following Hurricane Irma, claiming staff made late entries to residents' records in an attempt to alter the image of what really happened.

8 residents dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma

8 residents dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma

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Eight residents of a Florida nursing home have been reported dead of heat-related causes after their facility was left without electricity or air conditioning in the wake of Hurricane Irma, authorities said on Wednesday.

Finally, a leader who's willing to speak out

Finally, a leader who's willing to speak out

Among the police, it's known as the blue wall of silence. This unwritten rule regularly comes into play when a fellow officer's errors, poor behavior or possible crimes are under scrutiny. Its basic message: Keep your mouth shut.

Feds offer $1.6 billion to pay Florida hospitals' uncompensated care bills

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The federal government is offering to authorize $1.6 billion to reimburse Florida's hospitals for uncompensated care, but that is still $3 billion short in a budget impasse that is threatening to shut down the government.

Also in the News for Friday, April 3

AHCA supports MedPAC vote on three-day stay policy ... CMS issues guidance on biosimilars, including for Medicare Part B ... HHS chief technology officer retiring ... Florida Dems push for Medicaid expansion

Omega Communities acquires Florida site

Omega Communities, a senior living developer, has bought a nine-acre site in Fort Myers, FL, for its next senior housing residences.

More deficiencies, fewer registered nurses at nursing homes owned by private equity, researchers find

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Nursing homes under private equity ownership are cited for more deficiencies and have fewer registered nurses on staff than other for-profit facilities, according to recently published research findings.

AOD acquires Stratis Business Systems, Inc.

AOD Software has bought Stratis Business Systems Inc., a home health and home care cloud-based software system.

Supreme Court declines Extendicare's appeal to review arbitration case

Supreme Court declines Extendicare's appeal to review arbitration case

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The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a petition from Extendicare Homes to review a conflict over an arbitration agreement and wrongful death lawsuit.

GAO: 14% of nursing home residents on Medicaid have more than $100,000 in assets

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Most nursing home residents on Medicaid have financial resources that were not counted toward their eligibility for the government insurance program, but few have substantial assets tucked away, according to a new government report.

Florida jury hands down $1.1 billion award in nursing home lawsuit

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A jury has awarded $1.1 billion in damages to the family of a Florida woman who received poor nursing home care prior to her death in 2007. The amount is believed to be one of the highest ever leveled against a nursing home.

Omnicare settles federal whistleblower suit

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An Illinois federal judge approved the dismissal of a whistleblower lawsuit against Omnicare, following a settlement agreement on July 9, according to local media reports.

Supervisor sentenced to 10 years in prison for role in Medicare, Medicaid fraud scheme

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A former healthcare provider supervisor was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud totaling $63 million.

Court clarifies HIPAA definition of 'personal representative' in ruling on Florida nursing homes case

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Nursing home residents' spouses and attorneys-in-fact do not necessarily meet the definition of "personal representatives" under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, so providers should not automatically make residents' personal health information available to these parties, a federal appeals court recently ruled.

New U.S. News ratings show nursing homes a 'Maine' attraction

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Among states with high percentages of seniors, Maine did the best, with 30% of its homes earning a five-star rating.

New database makes it easy to see how states are combating Medicaid fraud and abuse

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A newly unveiled database created by the Pew Charitable Trusts provides comprehensive information about states' strategies for combating Medicaid fraud and abuse.

Women who ran nursing homes face charges of $2.75 million Medicaid fraud

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In the latest example of reimbursement fraud in Florida, authorities arrested the leaders of a nursing home management company Tuesday for allegedly defrauding Medicaid of more than $2.75 million.

Florida health officials deployed to investigate claims of 'warehousing children' in state nursing homes

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Florida long-term care officials will be making visits to numerous nursing homes after a federal report accused Florida health officials of warehousing disabled children in geriatric nursing facilities.

Former exec alleges Florida hospice filed claims for patients not terminally ill; government joins lawsuit

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The federal government has joined a whistleblower lawsuit against a Florida hospice over what it says were fraudulent Medicare payments, the Department of Justice announced.

OIG: Medicare overpaid home health agencies $5 million in 2010 for dubious claims

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Home health agencies received $5 million in overpayments for dubious Medicare claims filed in 2010, federal investigators have found.

The worst kind of reality show

The worst kind of reality show

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All we wanted was a nugget, a morsel, a few bread crumbs maybe. And this is what we got instead? Lord, help us.

GOP presidential candidates spar over kosher nursing home meals

Mitt Romney's Republican presidential rivals are now pouncing on reports that Romney eliminated kosher meals for Jewish nursing homes in Massachusetts in 2003.

Judge's ruling on class action suit a 'limited victory' for elderly and disabled nursing home residents

Thousands of institutionalized Medicaid recipients in Florida will not be able to move forward with a lawsuit after a federal judge removed its class-action status.

CMS expands Medicare fraud patrol program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering $9 million in grants to expand a program that trains retirees to spot Medicare fraud.

Government saved $17.6 billion in 2011 due to fraud prevention programs

Government saved $17.6 billion in 2011 due to fraud prevention programs

A government crackdown on improper payments in federal programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, cut wasteful payments by $17.6 billion in 2011, the Office of Management and Budget reported Tuesday. The administration's Campaign to Cut Waste saved $7 billion in Medicare fee-for-service payment errors between 2010 and 2011, according to the OMB.

Florida's Medicaid HMO program could lead to 'granny dumping'

A lesser known provision of Florida's newly adopted Medicaid reform law includes an incentive for health plans that can reduce the number of seniors in nursing homes, according to Florida elder law attorney Ellen Morris.

Florida proposes new Medicaid fees and premiums

Florida proposes new Medicaid fees and premiums

As part of the sweeping Medicaid reforms approved by the Florida legislature earlier this month, the state wants to be the first to implement $10 monthly premiums on Medicaid recipients who are not in nursing homes.

Florida passes Medicaid HMO plan with special nursing home provisions

The Florida Legislature has approved a bill to move three million Medicaid enrollees into a managed care program, making it one of the biggest states to do so.

Ohio judge permits healthcare reform suit to proceed to trial, follows similar action taken in Florida case

Ohio judge permits healthcare reform suit to proceed to trial, follows similar action taken in Florida case

An Ohio federal judge recently allowed a lawsuit that challenges the insurance mandate of the healthcare reform law to proceed to trial.