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.
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.
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, 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 findAugust 05, 2014
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 Software has bought Stratis Business Systems Inc., a home health and home care cloud-based software system.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a petition from Extendicare Homes to review a conflict over an arbitration agreement and wrongful death lawsuit.
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.
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.
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.
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 caseApril 11, 2013
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.
Among states with high percentages of seniors, Maine did the best, with 30% of its homes earning a five-star rating.
A newly unveiled database created by the Pew Charitable Trusts provides comprehensive information about states' strategies for combating Medicaid fraud and abuse.
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 homesSeptember 14, 2012
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 lawsuitSeptember 10, 2012
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.
Home health agencies received $5 million in overpayments for dubious Medicare claims filed in 2010, federal investigators have found.
All we wanted was a nugget, a morsel, a few bread crumbs maybe. And this is what we got instead? Lord, help us.
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 residentsJanuary 05, 2012
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.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering $9 million in grants to expand a program that trains retirees to spot Medicare fraud.
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.
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.
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.
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 caseNovember 29, 2010
An Ohio federal judge recently allowed a lawsuit that challenges the insurance mandate of the healthcare reform law to proceed to trial.
A Florida federal judge is permitting a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law to proceed to trial.
A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law is likely to advance. A federal judge in Florida this week said he would rule on the merits of the suit by Oct. 14.
There no longer will be food safety inspections in nursing homes and hospitals in Florida as a result of budget cuts.