But for those of you who think outrageous political trickery is dead, please let me point you in the direction of Capitol Hill. For we appear to be in the midst of one of the better con jobs to come along in quite some time, and it's threatening your supply of Medicare and Medicaid dollars.
Long-term care providers may be headed for another major Medicaid-funding fight in 2018 if House GOP leaders get their way.
The relationship between the federal government and states participating in the Medicaid program will be "reset" under Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Administrator Seema Verma's vision.
Nursing home CEO who spent Medicaid funds at strip clubs admits to stealing from employees' benefits accountsNovember 29, 2017
The former CEO of a Missouri nursing home who embezzled $667,000 in Medicaid funds from the facility for use on personal expenses also took money from workers' 401(k) and health benefits accounts, local reports say.
A North Carolina skilled nursing facility will be allowed to pursue a case against the state's Medicaid agency after it denied payment for residents who couldn't pay their share of their bill after their Social Security checks were stolen.
More states may soon be able to opt out of providing retroactive Medicaid coverage, a trend that could put more cost burden on providers, according to some observers.
The economic and racial makeup of the neighborhood where a nursing home is located plays a big role in how financially stressed it is, a new study confirms.
The future of Medicaid will include a stronger focus on the relationship between the federal and state governments, as well fewer barriers to innovation within the program, the head of the program shared on Tuesday.
Speaking at the same Mandalay Bay complex in Las Vegas from which a "madman" committed the deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history just two weeks earlier, American Health Care Association CEO Mark Parkinon delivered a bold, unscripted edict.
Seventeen states currently have Medicaid-related initiatives underway to bolster their long-term care workforce, with many of those focused on raising wages for workers, a new survey shows.
A former biller for a Michigan nursing home has been charged with multiple fraud-related charges after authorities say she pocketed residents' cash payments to the facility.
The House passed a budget proposal on Thursday that would slash roughly $1 trillion from the Medicaid program over the course of 10 years. But representatives aren't planning on seeing those cuts through, according to some observers.
It's hard to describe how incredibly dangerous and stupid the latest GOP effort to replace Obamacare really is. But I'll try.
The National Association of Medicaid Directors and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined long-term care provider groups late last week in rejecting Republican lawmakers' latest Affordable Care Act replacement bill.
Watching the GOP try to force through its latest healthcare reform plan, which would once again hit Medicaid hard, I was reminded of something my mother used to jokingly say: "It's like deja vu all over again."
Hurricane Harvey's impact on Texas may spur the state to pursue Medicaid expansion as a way to receive public funding in the storm's aftermath, some observers say.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has the option of terminating nursing homes from the Medicare and Medicaid programs that it deems harmful. But to say the government has been reluctant to do so would be an extreme understatement.
Now that the U.S. Senate has apparently decided to make healthcare somebody else's problem, I suggest keeping an eye on another pack of politicians: the governors.
If you see two providers having a pleasant conversation, it's unlikely they are discussing the joys of Medicaid -- or new regulations.
Make no mistake: Long-term care providers will take a victory wherever they can, and the Trump administration's move to rescind the Obama administration's ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements is a win with a capital "W."
The long-term care sector is reeling a bit, thanks to two recent developments.
It was unclear at press time whether Senate Republicans could reach 50 votes needed for passage of a controversial healthcare bill that would involve deep long-term cuts to Medicaid.
Providers who first thought they would be on uncommonly good footing with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House were stunned earlier this year when Medicaid reform was put on the table.
Senators sought middle ground in May over an Obamacare replacement bill and its ability to expand and fund Medicaid.
In a ruling that could create ripple effects on state Medicaid programs around the country, Nebraska's highest court decreed that the state may pursue payment from beneficiaries for room-and-board costs for skilled nursing stays.
State drafting measures to create universal, single payer healthcare program after Canada's example
Senate Republicans headed into the long Memorial Day weekend determined to make progress on a bill to replace Obamacare, but some notable players were guarded, if not outright skeptical, that much could be accomplished soon.
With recent major funding proposals about Medicaid causing such a tizzy, it's fair to ask why the powers-that-be find Medicaid such a tempting piñata. There are two main drivers. But only one is usually mentioned in polite company.
The public dialogue surrounding repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has made little mention of the nuts and bolts of the legislation that would be lost when it is gone.
Skilled operators have been telling lawmakers and regulators that they are the cheapest post-acute care option out there, and it appears the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has not only heard the claim, but wants to take the industry up on it.