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Jury awards families $5.2 million in medical negligence case against SNF

Jury awards families $5.2 million in medical negligence case against SNF

The families of three deceased nursing home residents were awarded more than $5.2 million last week by a federal jury who found the care provided by the facility and its operators to be grossly negligent.

CNA fired after sending inappropriate photo of resident over Snapchat

A certified nursing assistant at a Wisconsin skilled nursing facility was fired and faces criminal charges after he allegedly sent a photo of a long-term care resident to a friend via Snapchat.

Survey: Nearly half of healthcare professionals want pain dropped from vital signs

A recently released survey of physicians and nurses shows that nearly half are in favor of eliminating pain as the "fifth vital sign."

Also in the News for Wednesday, Feb. 22

Antipsychotics ineffective at treating delirium for palliative care patients ... Collaborative care can help boost treatment for seniors with depression ... 'Do not hospitalize' directives help reduce ER transfers

Provider pays $5.5 million in HIPAA settlement

Provider pays $5.5 million in HIPAA settlement

A Florida healthcare provider has paid the government $5.5 million to settle potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations after information on more than 115,000 patients was "impermissibly accessed" several years earlier, officials announced Thursday.

Slavitt, Democrats fire back over Republican proposals for Medicaid, ACA repeal

Democratic lawmakers and the former head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services lambasted suggestions last week from Republicans who want to replace the Affordable Care Act.

MN health officials overwhelmed by nursing home complaints, report says

Minnesota Health Department officials acknowledged last week that they are leaving many nursing home complaints uninvestigated, which they said reflect a recent influx.

Also in the News for Tuesday, Feb. 21

UnitedHealth accused in possible billion dollar Medicare fraud scheme ... Ventas in talks to buy Brookdale Senior Living ... Vitamin B-3 shows promise in preventing glaucoma

CMS nominee Verma grilled on fraud, fee-for-service at confirmation hearing

CMS nominee Verma grilled on fraud, fee-for-service at confirmation hearing

Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, told lawmakers on Thursday that she'd make targeting healthcare fraud and abuse a "top priority" should she get the job.

Verdict reached in False Claims Act whistleblower suit against Consulate Health Care

A Florida jury sided with a nursing home whistleblower this week regarding allegations over whether her former employer submitted false claims to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Provisions of cardiac care, hip fracture bundles delayed by CMS

The effective date for some provisions of two recently announced bundled payment programs will be pushed back to allow the new administration time to review them, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Also in the News for Friday, Feb. 17

Healthcare spending expected to be 20% of GDP by 2025 ... Former SNF aide faces up to 4 years in prison for $3,500 theft from resident ... Man arrested after breaking into SNF resident's room, taking clothes off

Federal appeals court won't judge statistical sampling use in SNF case

Federal appeals court won't judge statistical sampling use in SNF case

An appeals court this week declined to rule on the use of statistical sampling in False Claims Act cases, leading debate over the controversial fraud investigation method to continue.

Report: Average annual cost of skilled nursing care breaks $100,000 for first time

The average national cost for both private and semi-private skilled nursing facility rooms has jumped again, with the average price of a private room reaching $102,900, according to a new report.

Republicans eyeing Medicaid overhaul as part of ACA repeal bill

Major reforms to the Medicaid program are on the table this week as Republican lawmakers craft a reconciliation bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Also in the News for Thursday, Feb. 16

CMS nominee Verma may face conflict of interest over work in Indiana ... Direct Supply, Prime Care Technologies head to court over trade secret allegations ... Remote monitoring system for SNF residents with heart failure cut readmissions 24%

SNF will have to hand over internal reports in negligence case, court rules

SNF will have to hand over internal reports in negligence case, court rules

An Illinois skilled nursing facility will have to produce internal documents in a negligence lawsuit filed by the family of a resident, an appeals court ruled last week.

Court paves way for fight over inpatient stays, SNF coverage

Court paves way for fight over inpatient stays, SNF coverage

Debate over Medicare beneficiaries' hospital stays being classified as inpatient — a designation crucial to receive skilled nursing coverage — will continue, thanks to a court's order last week.

Trump's pick for budget director plans crackdown on federal regulations

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, has vowed to take "a hard look" at federal regulations if he's confirmed, according to published reports.

Also in the News for Wednesday, Feb. 15

CMS releases manual updated with new requirements of participation ... Quality improvement tracking most common barrier to reducing readmissions ... Telehealth program shown to halve hospital admissions