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Congressional leaders campaign for tougher nursing home regulations

Congressional leaders campaign for tougher nursing home regulations

More than 30 members of Congress aren't satisfied with proposed regulations for nursing homes and called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for harsher final rules.

CMS unveils bundled payment expansion for cardiac health, joint replacements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services doubled down on its commitment to alternative payment models this week with the announcement of a new bundled payment program for cardiac care.

Democratic health platform emphasizes seniors' 'independence' over institutionalization

The Democratic National Committee will focus on restructuring long-term care programs in 2016 to "emphasize independence rather than institutionalization" for seniors, according to the party's final platform.

New test shows emotional memory; possible detection of Alzheimer's risk

Older adults who tend to remember positive information often do worse on memory tests, a new study has found.

Also in the News for Wednesday, July 27

State audit pushes for higher minimum staffing requirements ... Kentucky proposes skilled nursing facility for ill prison inmates ... FDA issues warning for some antibiotics, says side effects outweigh benefits

NYT calls for ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements

NYT calls for ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements

The New York Times has joined those arguing against pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts with a scathing editorial published Monday.

Nursing home administrator accused of sexually harassing employees

The administrator of a New York nursing home has been hit with a lawsuit claiming he sexually harassed several members of the facility's staff, including two former directors of nursing.

Person-centered, non-drug approaches cut LTC antipsychotic use by 75%

A non-pharmacological, person-centered treatment plan helped eliminate regular antipsychotic medication use in 75% of study participants, while still effectively treating behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, a new study by Australian researchers has found.

Also in the News for Tuesday, July 26

CMS proposes mandatory cardiac bundled payment pilot, CCJR expansion ... SNF cited for mishandling resident's sexual abuse claims ... Obama signs opioid abuse act with LTC pharmacy exemptions.

SNF owner led record $1 billion Medicare fraud ring, authorities say

SNF owner led record $1 billion Medicare fraud ring, authorities say

The owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing homes and assisted living facilities has been charged with leading a national record $1 billion-plus Medicare fraud scheme.

Court: Arbitration agreement still enforceable even though SNF doesn't have copy of it

A skilled nursing facility that doesn't have a copy of a signed arbitration agreement can still compel arbitration, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday.

SNF owner arrested for stealing from residents to pay facility's debts

A California nursing home owner was arrested Thursday after an investigation revealed he had stolen thousands of dollars from more than 50 residents to cover the facility's debts.

Also in the News for Monday, July 25

Workforce development, value-based purchasing lead LTSS trends... Nursing home sued over alleged employee sexual assault ... Three-drug combo found to counter antibiotic resistance

Court: Private parties can't sue SNFs to release documents

Court: Private parties can't sue SNFs to release documents

Nursing homes can't be sued by private parties looking to access the facilities' documents, a state high court has ruled.

OIG: Nearly 30% of rehab facility patients suffer care-related harm

Almost 30% of patients who receive care at inpatient rehabilitation hospitals experience some sort of harm relating to their care, according to a new government report.

Medicaid supplemental payment rule heads to White House

A rule that would strengthen oversight of supplemental payments for Medicaid providers arrived at the White House for review this week.

Also in the News for Friday, July 22

AHCA/NCAL announces 2016 award winners ... Antibiotics may slow Alzheimer's progression ... MRSA common on hands of nurses with job-related skin diseases

Feds acknowledge 'large gaps' in HIPAA regulation of health apps, wearable tech

Feds acknowledge 'large gaps' in HIPAA regulation of health apps, wearable tech

The rise of health-focused mobile applications, websites and wearable technologies has left gaps in regulations meant to protect consumers' data, according to a long-awaited federal report.

Officials face scrutiny after SNF employee shares photo of deceased resident on Snapchat

A former resident care worker has been fired by Canadian health officials for sharing on Snapchat a photo of a deceased resident at a government-run long-term care home.

CMS: Fraud prevention efforts saved Medicare, Medicaid $42 billion

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' fraud prevention efforts saved the agency $42 billion dollars in fiscal years 2013 and 2014.