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Pssst, here's how the LTC lobby can eliminate the 3-day rule — and gain other Congressional perks

Pssst, here's how the LTC lobby can eliminate the 3-day rule — and gain other Congressional perks

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You might not be old enough to remember the "Schoolhouse Rock" videos that aired between cartoons on Saturday mornings during the 1970s. One of my favorites was "I'm Just a Bill." Long-term care novices could learn a lot from it — to a point.

Kentucky lawsuit clarity: Better than bourbon

Kentucky lawsuit clarity: Better than bourbon

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Kentucky may well be remembered for something better than its bourbon and horse races. In early February, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill where the claimants have to go before a review panel prior to filing suit against a nursing home.

Proposed legislation would regulate use of antipsychotics in nursing home residents

Proposed legislation would regulate use of antipsychotics in nursing home residents

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A proposed bill would require nursing home staff to obtain informed consent from a resident or their legally designated representative acknowledging the potential risks and side effects associated with the antipsychotic medications.

Skilled nursing facilities are at risk for falling into negative revenue margins, analysis reveals

Skilled nursing facilities are at risk for falling into negative revenue margins, analysis reveals

Nursing homes could be pushed into negative margins if Congress passes proposed end-of-the-year legislation, a new analysis finds. Skilled nursing facilities, many of which are already struggling to stay in the black, were operating at margin of 0.75% of aggregate overall revenues in 2009, according to an analysis completed by The Moran Company, on behalf of the American Health Care Association.

Analysis: Long-term care could lose billions with block grants; funding answers available

Analysis: Long-term care could lose billions with block grants; funding answers available

The long-term care industry would be the third-most impacted healthcare field if state Medicaid funding is converted into block grants, according to a new analysis from Bloomberg News.

Latest therapy caps ping-pong set straight

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If all the recent legislative action (or inaction, as the case may be) on Capitol Hill has your head spinning, don't worry—you're not alone.

Long-term care providers find silver linings among healthcare reform proposals

Long-term care providers find silver linings among healthcare reform proposals

After two days and more than 560 proposed amendments, adjustments to the Senate Finance Committee healthcare proposal are still a long way from being completed, but long-term care providers have found at least a few plums among them.

Lawmakers throw timely support to organizations intent on decreasing falls

Lawmakers throw timely support to organizations intent on decreasing falls

A bipartisan group of senators succeeded Tuesday in passing S. Res 276, officially recognizing the first day of fall as, what else? National Falls Prevention Awareness day.

Pressure over healthcare reform builds as U.S. lawmakers' summer recess nears

Providers will be waiting, watching and lobbying with baited breath over the coming week, as House leaders attempt to steer their three-headed proposal for healthcare reform before the full House for a vote. With two of the three involved committees having already approved a measure, all focus will be on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which canceled another markup session Thursday. Providers potentially have millions of dollars in reimbursements at stake. Draining the urgency for action is Senate leaders' decision to wait until after the August recess to vote on their version of a reform bill, which includes a first-of-its-kind long-term care insurance benefit endorsed by providers.

CBO chief says House reform plan too costly

Some say the House's proposed healthcare reform legislation, which includes cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, as well as a public health insurance plan, will prevent rising healthcare costs from bankrupting the country. Not so, says the head of the Congressional Budget Office.

U.S. House healthcare reform bill formally unveiled

U.S. House healthcare reform bill formally unveiled

The U.S. House of Representatives officially released its version of healthcare reform legislation Tuesday. And, as requested by President Obama, the reform package should come to a vote by the August recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

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