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Judge shuts down whistleblower hospice suit due to unspecific claims

Judge shuts down whistleblower hospice suit due to unspecific claims

A former employee's allegations of fraud against a Florida-based hospice chain lack the specificity to prove the company was in violation of the False Claims Act, a federal court ruled Thursday.

One in 9 physicians think ACOs will help quality and costs, survey finds

Few physicians believe Accountable Care Organizations will live up to their expectations of increasing quality and cutting costs, a survey published Wednesday shows.

OIG report addresses concerns over Medicare billing for ventilators

The growing number of Medicare claims submitted for ventilators is likely being driven by three suppliers, the Department of Health and Humans Services' Office of Inspector General said in a data brief released Thursday.

Also in the News for Monday, September 26

Malnutrition related to chronic diseases costs $15.5B yearly, hits elderly the hardest ... ACA sparked Medicare Advantage "resurgence," officials say ... CDC releases cybersecurity guide for healthcare organizations

Life Care Centers, feds settle False Claims Act statistical sampling case

Life Care Centers, feds settle False Claims Act statistical sampling case

A high-profile court case involving one of the nation's largest skilled nursing providers and the controversial topic of statistical sampling will end in a settlement, according to a brief filed Thursday.

Judge dismisses federal lawsuit accusing Florida of 'warehousing' kids in SNFs

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Florida health officials alleging that they unnecessarily housed hundreds of disabled children in nursing homes across the state.

Falls the leading cause of injury, death for seniors, CDC says

Older adults suffered an estimated 29 million falls in 2014 alone, making it the top cause of injury and death for the age group, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Also in the News for Friday, September 23

State Supreme Court shuts down nursing home's arbitration request ... Attorney general urges NY governor to veto nursing home prescription bill ... States, U.S. Chamber of Commerce file lawsuits challenging overtime rule

TODAY'S THE DAY: McKnight's Fall Online Expo is back

TODAY'S THE DAY: McKnight's Fall Online Expo is back

The fourth annual McKnight's Fall Online Expo takes place today, with educational sessions kicking off at 11 a.m. ET.

Feds sue nursing home, chief executive for diverting millions in retirement funds

The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Connecticut nursing home and its chief financial officer, alleging that they funneled $4 million from the facility's retirement plan to themselves and a religious organization.

SNF owner billed Medicaid $2 million for unallowable, personal expenses, audit finds

A Tennessee nursing home owner allegedly billed Medicaid more than $2 million in non-allowable expenses, including hundreds of thousands of dollars on personal shopping trips and entertainment.

Also in the News for Thursday, Sept. 22

ACLU sends warnings to Nebraska nursing homes that refused to treat man with HIV ... Three CNAs fired for filming "inappropriate" dance video in resident's room ... Former SNF aide faces possible 20-year prison sentence for hitting resident

ONE DAY TO GO: Payment, Quality, Tech info — and free CE credits — at tomorrow's Fall Online Expo

ONE DAY TO GO: Payment, Quality, Tech info — and free CE credits — at tomorrow's Fall Online Expo

Providers will get a chance to learn from top long-term care experts and earn up to three free continuing education credits tomorrow at McKnight's Fall Online Expo — all without leaving their home or office.

Kindred hit with record-setting $3 million penalty for failing to comply with OIG agreement

The nation's largest post-acute care provider has paid more than $3 million in penalties after failing to comply with a federal corporate integrity agreement, authorities announced Tuesday.

Court: HHS can't delay Medicare appeals backlog case

The Department of Health and Human Services won't be able to push off litigation over its overwhelming backlog of Medicare appeals, a federal court ruled on Monday.

Also in the News for Wednesday, September 21

Palliative care consultations cut hospitalizations in SNF residents ... Former hospice exec sentenced to 15 months for fraud ... Readmission risks higher for total joint arthroplasty patients sent to SNFs

North American Health Care to pay $28.5 million in false claims settlement

North American Health Care to pay $28.5 million in false claims settlement

North American Health Care Inc. has agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle allegations that it submitted claims for medically unnecessary rehabilitation services, the Department of Justice announced Monday.

Bundled payments significantly cut SNF lengths of stay and use, report shows

The average length of skilled nursing facility stay dropped 1.3 days for patients who underwent orthopedic surgery through the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, according to a new federal report.

Prevalence of mental disorders in seniors higher than thought

More seniors are affected by mental disorders than previous studies have suggested, according to new research in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

Also in the News for Tuesday, September 20

OIG proposes updates to State Medicaid Fraud Control Units ... Reducing readmissions will become harder for providers, experts suggest ... Combo of laughter, exercise said to improve mental health for seniors