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Aetna's $37 billion Humana deal driven by value-based care push

Value-based care and increased enrollment in Aetna's Medicare Advantage program figure to be two of the biggest winners thanks to the insurance giant's recently announced $37 billion acquisition of competitor Humana.

CMS lessens pressure over improper Medicaid payments and House committee balks

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are investigating why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has raised its Medicaid improper payment rate target for fiscal year 2015.

Extendicare closes $870 million sale of its U.S. facilities

Extendicare has closed the $870 million sale of its U.S. operations to an investor group led by private equity firm Formation Capital LLC.

Also in the News for Tuesday, July 7

New bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes... Pennsylvania backs off plan to change nursing home payments... Researchers develop world's most sensitive test for infectious disease, superbugs... CMS announces new value-based home healthcare model...

After Omnicare deal, all eyes turn to PharMerica

After Omnicare deal, all eyes turn to PharMerica

It's an odd thing to see the king of the jungle become the hunted instead of the hunter. But that's what happened when CVS announced it was buying Omnicare.

Sailing through 'Wish of Lifetime'

Sailing through 'Wish of Lifetime'

As a little girl, Rhode Island resident Shirley Payne loved to be on the water.

NorthStar adding 15 CCRCs: Portfolio now tops $2 billion

NorthStar adding 15 CCRCs: Portfolio now tops $2 billion

NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc. closed on a $639.3 million portfolio of continuing care retirement communities in mid-June.

Continuum is complete

Continuum is complete

Edgewood Summit builds a new memory care addition in order to fully round out its healthcare mission for West Virginia residents.

Skin in the MDS game

Skin in the MDS game

Skin care and continence assessment are two of the most challenging sections of the Minimum Data Set. Here's how to generate positive outcomes

Personal furniture

Personal furniture

Not too hard, not too soft: Future selections for seniors will emphasize choice and style while embracing function to a higher degree than ever before, experts say

How to do it ... Wound care staff education

Few issues confronting long-term care administrators are more thoroughly vetted and researched than proper wound care techniques.

Ask the legal expert ... about Medicaid reimbursements

Ask the legal expert ... about Medicaid reimbursements

Our state is continually late with Medicaid reimbursements, for whatever reason. Can we sue to get some satisfaction? What can we do to help ourselves?

Largest SNF settlement payment: $17M

A Florida skilled nursing facility chain will pay $17 million to settle Medicare fraud allegations, the largest amount ever paid, according to the Department of Justice.

Court: HCR ManorCare QAPI reports must be turned over

Court: HCR ManorCare QAPI reports must be turned over

A ruling by the West Virginia Supreme Court as to which nursing home internal documents are fair game in lawsuits has providers around the country sitting up and taking notice.

Ask the nursing expert ... narcotic destruction

Ask the nursing expert ... narcotic destruction

Long-term care facilities all seem to do narcotic destruction a little differently. Could you tell me how to do it to make sure I protect myself?

Bill would require RN on duty at all times

The American Nurses Association recently announced its support for a bill that could require nursing homes to have a registered nurse on duty around the clock, every day of the week.

Study sheds light on dangers of working second, third shifts

Study sheds light on dangers of working second, third shifts

Workers whose hours fall outside of a traditional 9-to-5 schedule may be more susceptible to sleep- and weight-related health issues, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Reasons to lawyer up

Reasons to lawyer up

When you provide long-term care services, lawsuits pretty much come with the territory.

Providers fume over pay freeze

Long-term care providers quickly fired back after a congressional advisory committee recommended no Medicare pay increase for the coming year.

Nursing shortage to challenge operators

Nursing shortage to challenge operators

In 15 years, at least 2.5 million more long-term care workers will be needed to keep pace with the resulting increase in caregiving demands, according to researchers at the University of California at San Francisco.