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Providers testify against post-acute bundled pay bill at hearing

Providers testify against post-acute bundled pay bill at hearing

A top nursing home advocate on Thursday urged killing a bill calling for the bundling of Medicare payments for post-acute care services.

Watchdog: CMS should monitor Recovery Audit Data warehouse

A new Government Accountability Office report recommends sweeping government reforms that would mitigate fragmentation and duplication of a number of Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Medicare doc payment bill doesn't 'fix' therapy caps

The historic repeal of the "doc fix" this week left about equal numbers of stakeholders relieved and disappointed. Among the most crestfallen: Therapy providers who were hoping for Congress to finally repeal Medicare Part B outpatient therapy caps.

Also in the News for Friday, April 17

CMS releases Hospital Compare Fact Sheet ... Nurse empowerment is needed to improve outcomes in long-term care, researchers say ... Florida lawmakers headed for overtime session over Medicaid fight

Colorado latest state to bungle Medicaid claims data: OIG

Long-term care providers are struggling to satisfy new mandates over electronic reporting and medical records, and can expect more in the near future. But nothing can compare to the kind of information technology nightmares some state Medicaid departments are currently reeling from.

Company News

Kindred deal lands Gentiva

Kindred Healthcare has completed its purchase of Gentiva Health Services in a deal valued at $1.8 billion, including assumed debt.

Brookdale encounters a new problem: separation anxiety

Brookdale encounters a new problem: separation anxiety

Embattled Brookdale Senior Living is being asked by a major shareholder to spin off its real estate holdings and revamp its governance board.

BusinessBriefs for February 2015

» Senior Housing Properties Trust will buy 38 senior-living communities for $790 million from CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc., including assumption of debt. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. The communities encompass 3,466 total living units. This includes 826 independent living units, 1,860 assisted living units, 744 memory care units and 36 skilled nursing beds.

State News

State News for March 2015

State News for March 2015

ARKANSAS — A former circuit court judge recently admitted that a campaign contribution induced him to lower a jury award in a negligent death lawsuit brought by a nursing home resident's family.

State News for February 2015

State News for February 2015

MASSACHUSETTS — Thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, the concept of palliative care has become more prominent in the national conversation about the end of life. Now these conversations are mandated for Bay State nursing homes, hospitals and other providers.

State News for January 2015

State News for January 2015

NEW JERSEY — Lawmakers here will soon debate the merits of a bill that would require the state to pay facilities up to half of the money owed for uncompensated care for residents whose Medicaid applications remain mired in limbo after three months.