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Draft bill proposes counting observation stays for SNF coverage, limiting RAC oversight

Draft bill proposes counting observation stays for SNF coverage, limiting RAC oversight

Hospital observation stays would count toward establishing Medicare eligibility for post-acute services, under comprehensive reforms in a new draft bill from the House Committee on Ways and Means. The Hospitals Improvements for Payment (HIP) Act of 2014 proposes a new hospital prospective payment system to be in place by fiscal year 2020. Its goal is to address problems with how short stays are reimbursed.

Largest US healthcare union praises Obama's action on immigration

Nursing home workers and other members of the country's largest healthcare union praised President Barack Obama for allowing certain undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status through an executive action announced last Thursday.

Nurses should be able to reject shifts to prevent fatigue risks, ANA states

Registered nurses should have more control over scheduling in order to reduce the risk of fatigued workers, according to a new position statement from the American Nurses Association.

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Robotic walker could help stroke survivors regain natural gait, researchers say ... Former hospice owner faces potential 200-year sentence for fraud ... US seniors among the world's sickest, Commonwealth Fund finds ... Magnetic stimulation to suppress healthy side of brain could help stroke recovery, researchers say

New payment models clash with fraud laws; waivers might not be the answer, official says

New payment models clash with fraud laws; waivers might not be the answer, official says

Healthcare payments linked to the quality of care are causing challenges to existing fraud and abuse laws, a government official said Wednesday.

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BusinessBriefs for November 2014

» Large nonprofit senior living groups continue to be largely the domain of faith-based operators, according to the latest LeadingAge Ziegler 100 report. Presbyterian-, Methodist- and Lutheran-run organizations were the most common, investigators found.

Prospects not well courted

Many senior living operators could do a better job of attracting potential customers, a study by students at George Mason University has found.

LTC-related deals took the lead in the second quarter

LTC-related deals took the lead in the second quarter

Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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State news for November 2014

State news for November 2014

MISSISSIPPI — Postal inspectors allege nursing home employees here and in California may have unwittingly referred families and residents seeking help with Medicaid and veterans' benefits to an individual who allegedly filed troublesome paperwork and defrauded others of hundreds of thousands of dollars in what they described as a sophisticated Ponzi scheme.

State News for October 2014

State News for October 2014

ILLINOIS — Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed a new law making it easier for people to lodge complaints against nursing homes.

State News for September 2014

State News for September 2014

MAINE - The state's nursing homes will get their first Medicaid rate increase in six years after a breathtaking display of mid-summer political brinksmanship. But dark days still loom in a state beset with closures and an over-65 population ratio that's second only to Florida's.