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Bed taxes and other troubling compromises

Bed taxes and other troubling compromises

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As my colleague Tim Mullaney reported last week, the Government Accountability Office has been taking a closer look at Medicaid bed taxes lately. And the investigative arm of Congress doesn't seem to care much for the view.

The clock is ticking: Last week to enter McKnight's Tech Awards

The clock is ticking: Last week to enter McKnight's Tech Awards

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Long-term care providers that have used technology to achieve eldercare excellence still have a chance to earn well-deserved recognition — but only for a few more days. The submission period for the 3rd annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards ends Friday.

Special surveys on dementia care, Minimum Data Set coding will launch by mid-year, CMS announces

Special surveys on dementia care, Minimum Data Set coding will launch by mid-year, CMS announces

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Surveyors will scrutinize dementia care and Minimum Data Set coding in an upcoming pilot program to test more expansive oversight of these areas, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced.

CMS fails to measure outcomes of the zone program integrity contractor program: government report

CMS fails to measure outcomes of the zone program integrity contractor program: government report

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is not thoroughly assessing how well zone program integrity contractors are contributing to Medicare anti-fraud efforts, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Systematic improvement is a key to larger culture change in long-term care, Advancing Excellence leader says

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The Advancing Excellence campaign is well known for helping long-term care providers improve on measureable quality goals, but the program goes beyond this to create less quantifiable changes, according to Executive Director Douglas Pace, LNHA.

Government shutdown will not cripple long-term care, leaders say

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Long-term care providers will feel some effects but should not experience serious disruptions due to the shutdown of the federal government, according to prominent trade associations.

Adult day services benefit mood, stress of caregivers, expert says

Adult day services benefit mood, stress of caregivers, expert says

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Adult day services can literally be a lifesaver to family caregivers living with seniors with dementia, according to new research.

Aide training standards give poor preparation for care, report warns

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Personal care aide is the fastest growing occupation in the United States, yet training standards for PCAs are lax and inconsistent, according to a new report from the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute.

Long-term care wants its own 'fix' if docs get one

Long-term care wants its own 'fix' if docs get one

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If you hang around long enough, you learn there are only two things long-term care providers fear after Republicans and Democrats. That would be hospitals and doctors.

Senate takes up bill to improve Medicare audits, address RAC concerns

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A new Senate bill addresses provider concerns over the Medicare audit process, including the role of Recovery Audit Contractors. The House is also considering a version of the "Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2013," which lawmakers originally introduced in October 2012 and reintroduced in March.

Long-term care providers should follow hospitals in adopting EHRs, government says

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Healthcare providers have already exceeded the government's 2013 adoption goals for electronic health records, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.

HIPAA will keep changing, federal official tells industry association

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Providers can expect increased enforcement and continuing rule changes related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), according to a prominent industry group.

Latest whistleblower lawsuit pricetag runs to $2.7 million

Latest whistleblower lawsuit pricetag runs to $2.7 million

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Federal authorities cracked down on another regional long-term care provider recently, reaching a roughly $2.7 million settlement in a lawsuit centering on alleged false therapy billing.

Tired of the bum rap? Here's how to rise above

Tired of the bum rap? Here's how to rise above

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It's no wonder you, as a long-term care provider, might get fed up with the general media. Sometimes it has to seem that mass media journalists must sit around the office, wondering what they can do to score flash points with editors, plaintiff lawyers and talk shows.

Senate aging committee hearing focuses on hurricane, disaster preparedness in nursing homes

Senate aging committee hearing focuses on hurricane, disaster preparedness in nursing homes

The Senate Special Committee on Aging met Wednesday to address the importance of emergency and disaster planning and the need for improved coordination between policy makers and long-term care providers.

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