Most Recent Articles by James M. Berklan
Although physicians and hospitals are the main focus of an updated federal health information technology plan announced Monday, long-term care and other providers were also identified as targets of a push into new territory
Providers nationwide will be anxiously watching to see if there is traction in a lawsuit filed by the New Mexico attorney general alleging insufficient staffing made proper care impossible. Outgoing Attorney General Gary King sued seven nursing homes operated by Preferred Care Partners Management Group on Friday.
Recovery Audit Contractors making incorrect accusations should also be penalized, the American Medical Association is telling lawmakers and regulators. Physicians, long-term care operators and other providers have long criticized the RAC system, which rewards the government's contracted investigators based on the volume of "improper payments" they point out.
There is a memorable scene in the movie "Forrest Gump" when Lt. Dan chews out the well-intentioned title soldier for saluting him while the enemy is likely watching. The implication is that if you want to strike a crushing blow to something, you take out its leader.
A California long-term care facility agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit after family members were awarded $135,000 in a case involving a resident hit by a food cart. A settlement was reached while the provider appealed the judgment, leading to the deal.