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Corporate ownership changes linked to poor nursing home quality

Corporate ownership changes linked to poor nursing home quality

Nursing homes that are bought and sold frequently by corporate chains tend to provide a lower quality of care, according to research from Harvard Medical School released on Monday.

DOJ report slams South Dakota's reliance on nursing homes to provide disability services

A new report from the U.S. Department of Justice asserts that South Dakota "unnecessarily" relies on nursing facilities to provide services and supports to people with disabilities, leaving them without home- or community-based care options.

Court upholds fine for SNF's botched hospice transfer

A federal appeals court has upheld a $68,950 fine against a Texas nursing home penalized for the way it handled a resident's transfer to hospice care.

Also in the News for Tuesday, May 3

FDA approves first drug to treat psychosis associated with Parkinson's ... Rule to update ACO benchmarks heads to White House for review ... Skilled nursing, senior living company hit with understaffing class action lawsuit

McKnight's honored again for news coverage, writing

McKnight's Long-Term Care News earned top honors in the news coverage, profile writing and special supplement categories in this year's American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors 2016 Awards, which were announced Friday.

Rural SNF technology bill not 'urgent' enough to pass?

A bill aiming at making rural skilled nursing facilities eligible for broadband funding may not be "urgent" enough to see passage into law this year, experts recently revealed.

Providers aim to cut nurse licensing requirements to encourage telemedicine growth

Some healthcare providers are pushing state lawmakers to relax rules requiring nurses to be licensed for each state they work in, claiming the laws are stunting telemedicine growth.

Also in the News for Monday, May 2

SNF aides get three-year probation for inappropriate Snapchat posts ... Women, white adults at highest fall risk in residential care facilities ... Lawmakers debate whistleblowers, self-disclosure during House FCA hearing

PBJ staffing data submission gaining steam, CMS officials say

PBJ staffing data submission gaining steam, CMS officials say

Nearly half of skilled nursing facilities have registered to voluntarily submit electronic staffing data, officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid said Thursday during an SNF Open Door Forum call.

SNF occupancy rates fall as discharges rise, CDC says

The number of nursing home discharges climbed while occupancy rates and number of facilities fell, according to a recently released federal "report card" on health.

Federal government sues provider after workers are fired for seeking religious exemption to flu shot

A North Carolina-based healthcare provider has been hit with a lawsuit from the federal government for allegedly firing three employees who asked for a religious exemption from the company's mandatory flu shot policy.

Also in the News for Friday, April 29

State investigating possible falsified records at troubled Massachusetts SNF ... Report: Strengthened Medicare provider screenings showing early success ... CMS proposes new merit-based physician payment system and Meaningful Use replacement

CMS makes it official: 6 new quality measures go live on Nursing Home Compare

CMS makes it official: 6 new quality measures go live on Nursing Home Compare

Six new quality measures were added to Nursing Home Compare on Wednesday, making for the largest addition of quality measures to the website since 2003.

State Supreme Court takes on law firm ads targeting nursing homes

Law firms running advertisements against specific nursing homes was debated in the Georgia Supreme Court Wednesday.

Virgin Islands nursing home fights CMS order to move residents to mainland U.S.

The only licensed nursing home in the U.S. Virgin Islands has filed a lawsuit against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a last-ditch effort to prevent the agency from shuttering the facility and moving residents to mainland facilities.

Also in the News for Thursday, April 28

Flooding forces nursing home evacuation in Nebraska... Rosemary scent may help improve seniors' memory, mood ... Valeant was too aggressive in raising drug prices, CEO tells Senate

Final managed Medicaid rule brings LTC updates, 85% medical-loss ratio

The 1,425 page behemoth of a managed Medicaid overhaul released this week includes a controversial provision that would allow beneficiaries needing long-term care services to switch to a different plan if their provider is not in-network.

Aggressive advance care planning shown to cut SNF costs, hospitalizations

Nursing homes that implement advance care planning programs and train staff in palliative care may see lower costs and fewer hospitalizations, according to new research published on Tuesday.

PharMerica seeks Supreme Court review in False Claims case

Long-term care pharmacy services provider PharMerica is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its previous ruling on the "first-to-file" provision of the False Claims Act, claiming it paves the way for copycat lawsuits.

Also in the News for Wednesday, April 27

Heart disease risk higher among shift workers ... House to take on False Claims Act oversight during Thursday hearing ... Vaccinations more effective when administered in the morning