New York

ArchCare to pay $3.5M to settle rehab billing complaint

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A New York nursing home chain agreed Monday to pay $3.5 million to settle government allegations it failed to prevent a rehab subcontractor from overbilling Medicare for therapy.

State disputes OIG findings, won't seek $9 million via competitive bidding

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The New York Department of Health will not competitively bid durable medical equipment despite a new OIG report that says the state could have saved its Medicaid program nearly $9 million over a two-year period.

Face mask mandate dramatically increases healthcare worker flu vaccination

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Making nursing home workers wear face masks if they do not get a flu shot is a highly effective way of increasing vaccination rates, statistics in New York show.

Introduced bill calls for mandated hospice inspections

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Hospices would need to undergo an inspection every three years under a bill introduced by a New York congressman.

GAO: 14% of nursing home residents on Medicaid have more than $100,000 in assets

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Most nursing home residents on Medicaid have financial resources that were not counted toward their eligibility for the government insurance program, but few have substantial assets tucked away, according to a new government report.

County nursing home woes reach critical stage in New York, report shows

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With county nursing homes hemorrhaging money nationwide, a new report out of New York paints a stark picture of the challenges facing its county facilities, and recommends changes to keep them afloat in an increasingly challenging environment.

CMS issues full Sandy waivers

CMS issues full Sandy waivers

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued blanket waivers that include skilled nursing providers. That means long-term care facilities in New York and New Jersey hit by the storm are authorized to process certified bed increases, and that certain data transmission requirements, such as those for the MDS, will be waived.

Hurricane Sandy delivered a wallop - and a troubling reminder about life's uncertainties

Hurricane Sandy delivered a wallop - and a troubling reminder about life's uncertainties

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We humans tend to be creatures of habit. Most of us like to develop daily routines and stick with them. This approach has its benefits. It saves a lot of time that would otherwise be wasted sorting out mundane matters.

Provider wins $25 million settlement from state in 'retaliation' lawsuit

Provider wins $25 million settlement from state in 'retaliation' lawsuit

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Brook Chambery, the owner of the long-closed Beechwood Restorative Care Center in Rochester, won a $25 million settlement from the state of New York on Wednesday.

Report: State budgets torn asunder by Medicaid spending

Report: State budgets torn asunder by Medicaid spending

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Regardless of whether states choose to expand Medicaid, states are facing fiscal crisis related to rising healthcare costs and government pension obligations, a new report finds.

Why managed care is good for long-term care

Why managed care is good for long-term care

Managed long-term care can provide a solution to many challenges facing providers. Coordinating patients' care, working with family members, and focusing on the right type of treatment can lead to lower costs and better outcomes.

CMS expands Medicare fraud patrol program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering $9 million in grants to expand a program that trains retirees to spot Medicare fraud.

Physicians unhappy with palliative care act

New York State's Palliative Care Information Act, which was passed last summer and implemented in February, is meeting resistance from doctors who treat patients at the end of their life.

Groups release blueprint in response to New York's call to overhaul Medicaid spending

Two groups recently unveiled a blueprint for home- and community-based services reform in New York. The report is in response to a call from the Citizens Budget Commission to fundamentally restructure Medicaid spending in the state.

Governor makes case for transferring costs of dual eligibles to federal government

Governor makes case for transferring costs of dual eligibles to federal government

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) is attempting to build a "national, bipartisan movement" among big states to shift the costs of dual eligible beneficiaries to the federal government, according to recent reports.

Group suggests slashing nursing home spending to help fix New York's budget problems

One Albany-based group is recommending significant cuts to nursing homes and home care as a way to pare down New York's $3.2 billion deficit.

New York's highest court suspends law regulating nursing homes' withdrawal of money

A New York State Supreme Court justice sided with for-profit nursing homes in a recent decision. Justice Matthew Rosenbaum temporarily suspended a law giving the state's Department of Health authority over when a nursing home can access its own funds.

New York suspends H1N1 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers

New York suspends H1N1 vaccine requirement for healthcare workers

The New York State Health Department halted a regulation requiring all healthcare workers in the state to receive both the H1N1 and seasonal flu inoculations.

New York to publicly name providers that billed Medicaid for deceased beneficiaries

The New York Office of the Medicaid Inspector General plans to identify on its Web site those healthcare providers that have billed Medicaid for services provided to deceased beneficiaries.