James M. Berklan

James M. Berklan


James M. Berklan has been the Editor of McKnight's Long-Term Care News and its affiliated publications since 2001. A graduate of Northwestern and John Carroll universities, he resides in the Chicago area with his wife and two children.

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Some good news (from MedPAC !): Quality rising

Some good news (from MedPAC !): Quality rising

A funny thing happened on the way to a semi-annual eye rolling about a MedPAC report. It contained some information that could make long-term care providers happy.

MDS insight found lacking

Long-term care staffers' understanding of the Minimum Data Set and its Quality Indicators is "mediocre at best," according to recent survey results. Lack of exposure and involvement are key reasons why nurse aides especially feel they are out of the loop.

CMS requests survey buildup

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking for $49 million more in its next budget, largely to expand long-term care inspection programs.

Feds recover $10 million in incorrect Medicaid payouts

Feds recover $10 million in incorrect Medicaid payouts

Federal investigators recovered more than $10 million in incorrect Medicaid payments made to nursing homes in 2013, an annual review shows.

MedPAC report shows providers making progress, quality contractor says

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's latest report to Congress was submitted Friday with previously known recommendations for payment levels. But largely lost among the 400-page report also was a body of research indicating that long-term care providers are showing progress in quality improvement activities, said a prominent quality researcher.

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