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Sleep deprived, overweight shift workers at higher risk for diabetes: Study

New university-based research claims employees such as nursing home caregivers, factory and shipping workers who work outside normal 9 a.m.-5 p.m. schedules could be suffering a disproportionate share of serious sleep- and weight-related health problems.

PharMerica settles whistleblower complaint for $31.5 million

PharMerica settles whistleblower complaint for $31.5 million

National pharmacy services provider PharMerica said it has entered into separate agreements with the government and revised its controlled substances dispensing policies following a whistleblower lawsuit filed in 2009.

Unexpected surges in Medicaid begin to worry some states

Conservative governors who shunned Medicaid expansion in their states are feeling vindicated in light of unexpectedly huge surges in Medicaid enrollment in neighboring states.

GAO: Medicaid demonstration project costs not justified

A new report to Congress says more justification is needed for the $146 billion being spent on demonstration projects, most of which have not been clearly shown to further the objectives of the Medicaid program. Medicaid funds more than two-thirds of U.S. nursing home care.

Report leads to question whether CMS has raised the quality bar too high

More than one-third of the nation's 15,500-plus nursing homes now bear the stigma of poor quality as a result of a tough new star ratings system implemented in February by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and posted on its Nursing Home Compare website.

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