What's the best eldercare development we've seen in the past quarter century? For my money, nothing compares to the ongoing expansion of hospice care services.
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A for-profit hospice company and its owner agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations that the company fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid for hospice services.
Having more hospice providers working with a nursing home doesn't necessarily reduce end-of-life hospitalizations.
The nation's largest for-profit hospice provider and its parent company will pay $75 million to settle allegations that it submitted false Medicare claims for hospice services, according to federal authorities.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently launched Hospice Compare website may be giving users incorrect location information for hospice providers, the agency said on Tuesday.
The nation's largest for-profit hospice provider and its parent company have agreed to pay $75 million to settle allegations that it submitted false Medicare claims for hospice services, authorities said Monday.
Members of the Threshold Choir at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices are quick to point out that the singing they do isn't performing.
Nathan Adelson Hospice has entered into an agreement to acquire Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care, owned by HealthCare Partners Nevada LLC.
Pathways has started Pathways Hospice at ManorCare as part of a collaboration between Pathways, El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA, and ManorCare.
Hospice programs and SNFs must immediately implement a strategy to develop and market a strong, strategic nursing home/hospice partnership with hospitals, ACOs, MCOs, etc.
Brown researchers examined the change in last-year-of-life Medicare expenditures during the most recent expansion of the program that began in 2004 and continued through 2009.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to raise hospice payment rates by nearly $200 million, or 2%, in fiscal year 2016. They come under a sweeping proposal establishing payment tiers based on length of stay and laying the groundwork for additional quality reporting measures.
One of the best signs of a good book is its unplanned lessons. While its title might profess how to fix this or do better at that, a high-quality book also will lead the reader to enlightenment for reasons a PR agent might not promote. Such is my personal experience with Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal."
If someone asked you if your hospice was compliant with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Office of Inspector General's Effective Compliance Program Guidance for Hospice, what would you tell them?
A hospice company that hired medical directors with close ties to nursing homes to better pursue allegedly fraudulent practices has agreed to a $4 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.
A New York hospice provider Wednesday agreed to pay approximately $6.5 million in fines to settle alleged false Medicare and Medicaid claims over a 16-month period.
Hospice company settles False Claims Act allegations for $4 million ... Colorado says no to right-to-die legislation ... NYT examines Obamacare's issue for GOP ... PA recovers $1.8 million for long-term care funds
Palliative care, a form of patient-centered care focused on quality of life for the seriously ill, should be the standard of practice for all elderly patients with complex illness in nursing homes.
If you are a long-term care operator, the latest report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization should leave you with mixed feelings.
Hospice services increased in nursing homes more than in any other care setting last year, according to the latest annual report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
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FL hospice, nursing homes, hospital passed patients back and forth to juice profits, whistleblowers chargeOctober 29, 2014
Two Florida nursing homes and a hospital allowed a hospice company to provide free services in exchange for patient referrals, according to recently unsealed whistleblower charges.
Easier said than done. That phrase often pops into my head when I read the latest long-term care research.
In the absence of a hospice consumer guide from the government, The Washington Post has created one using available Medicare data. The newspaper unveiled the quality tool Sunday, in an article criticizing a lack of transparency around hospice quality.
A Virginia healthcare provider did not pay long-term care nurses overtime for three years, the Department of Labor has alleged in a recently filed lawsuit.
Increasing hospice services can reduce hospital admissions among all residents of a nursing home, including those not enrolled in hospice, according to findings recently published in JAMDA.
While there seems to be some disagreement over Malcolm Gladwell's posit that doing something for 10,000 hours will make you a master at it, the idea that practice leads at least to improvement has received another shot in the arm. (That would be hospice providers you hear cheering in the background.)
Doctors have a lot to learn about long-term care."Duh," you say? Fair enough. But a newly published study and a just released book really drive the point home.
Hospices can continue to rely on contract nurses because an ongoing nurse shortage is preventing providers from meeting their staffing needs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in a recent memorandum to state survey agencies.