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VA healthcare bill aims to give vets more access to private long-term care services

Providers cheered the inclusion of long-term care and post-acute agreements in a major overhaul of veteran health care passed by the Senate this week.

Facility's non-compliant documentation practices lead to federal crackdown

Montana was hit with more than $277,000 in civil penalties after its Mental Health Nursing Care Center in Lewistown failed to meet federal documentation requirements related to mental illness care.

Poor seniors less likely to survive nursing home after ICU stay

Medicaid beneficiaries who receive ICU care while hospitalized are more likely to die in the year after discharge than their peers on private insurance — and the disparity is worst among those with a critical illness who are discharged to a nursing home.

Also in the News for Friday, May 25

Former nursing home employee and shooting survivor charged with stealing residents' opioids ... With death rate up, U.S. life expectancy likely down again for 2017 ... Study shows in-home therapy, telemedicine effective for stroke rehab

Powerful House subcommittee opens arms to nursing home providers' suggestions for cutting 'administrative burdens'

Powerful House subcommittee opens arms to nursing home providers' suggestions for cutting 'administrative burdens'

Long-term care professionals took full advantage of an invitation to tell House leaders Tuesday how they could cut Medicare red tape and improve resident care.

CMS allows Maryland to roll out innovative all-payer model worth $1 billion at nursing homes, other settings

The continuation of Maryland's all-payer model will allow the system to move beyond hospital walls to change the financial landscape of nursing homes, mental health facilities and other institutions.

Nursing home resident attacks staff member with spray meant for aggressive bears

Officials say a resident at a New Hampshire nursing home sent an employee to the hospital by spraying her with a product usually reserved for combative bears.

Also in the News for Thursday, May 24

Analysis: Reclassifying drugs led Medicare beneficiaries to pay more for generics ... Eight more patients sickened by recalled foaming wash alternative ... State report: Surveyors on scene the day of H.R. McMaster's fatal fall saw temporary nurses make errors

Lawmakers seek $250 million infusion for geriatric services

Lawmakers seek $250 million infusion for geriatric services

A bill introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Tuesday seeks more than $50 million annually to address workforce training, clinical staffing and support service issues across the U.S., as the nation prepares for the long-awaited "Silver Tsunami."

Hospice provider settles massive case for $2.5 million, claiming documentation errors

Once accused of defrauding Medicare of $14 million in false claims in a single year, a Florida hospice provider has agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve the allegations.

Union officials: Nursing home in bankruptcy raided by federal agents while residents watched

Residents of a Connecticut nursing home that is already facing bankruptcy watched Tuesday as federal agents raided the facility's administrative offices.

Also in the News for Wednesday, May 23

Lawsuit alleges nursing home responsible for resident's sun-exposure death ... California Attorney General appeals ruling overturning aid-in-dying law ... Efforts to improve troubled eldercare system left on the table

Supreme Court backs employers, arbitration over class-action claims

Supreme Court backs employers, arbitration over class-action claims

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that private-sector companies may force employees to individually arbitrate alleged violations of federal labor law, rather than allowing them to seek class-action remedies as a group.

Plaintiff attorneys claim CMS is blocking once-public nursing home info under Trump

Attorneys who investigate abuse and neglect at the nation's nursing homes say the Trump administration is blocking access to records and charging large fees when they do produce them, according to interviews, government correspondence and lawsuits cited by Law360.

Government watchdog says CMS should continue prior authorization projects

A report issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should extend tests of a prior authorization program that have saved up to $1.9 billion.

Also in the News for Tuesday, May 22

Officials say headway made in extensive elder abuse investigation backlog ... Nursing home that had triple-murder reopens a year later ... Surgery causes hard-to-spot cognitive loss in some seniors

McKnight's Tech Awards double size, open for entries

McKnight's Tech Awards double size, open for entries

The 2018 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards, which is now open for entries, has doubled the number of award categories to better recognize organizations that harness technology to improve eldercare.

Employee compelled to testify in civil assault case against nursing home; leads to $7.5 million award

A Pennsylvania jury has awarded $7.5 million to the family of a dementia patient who was sexually assaulted by a fellow resident of her nursing home.

Investors sue Illinois rabbi for $24 million in alleged nursing home purchasing scheme

Two investors are suing an Illinois rabbi and investment firm head they say bilked them out of more than $20 million in a series of nursing home and retirement home deals.

Also in the News for Monday, May 21

Feeling down? British study points to shift work as mental health culprit ... Vermont to increase oversight of nursing home transfers ... Man charged with raping fellow nursing home resident now accused of murdering another