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LTC deals led healthcare transactions for July

LTC deals led healthcare transactions for July

Long-term care facilities dominated healthcare transactions compared to other sectors in terms of deal volume in July, according to a new update.

Gastrointestinal problems most cited health issues among nurses, research finds

Gastrointestinal issues are the most commonly reported health problem among female nurses, a recently published analysis of more than 20,000 female healthcare workers shows.

Polypharmacy may increase overtreatment of diabetes in SNF residents, study shows

Polypharmacy may be the culprit behind overtreatment for hypertension and diabetes among nursing home residents, a new study shows.

Also in the News for Friday, Aug. 18

Hacking-related healthcare breaches up 162% this year ... Visual impairment in seniors linked to poor cognitive function ... Telemedicine works as well as in-person treatment for Parkinson's, study says

Sabra, CCP merger finally approved, will create 564-facility company

Sabra, CCP merger finally approved, will create 564-facility company

Shareholders of Sabra Health Care REIT and Care Capital Properties have voted to give the green light to a deal that will combine the two into one real estate investment trust, the companies announced this week.

CMS launches Hospice Compare site, aims for patient engagement

Hospice patients and their families now will be able to compare potential providers due to the launch of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new Hospice Compare website on Wednesday.

Healthcare execs' compensation likely to rise with shift to value-based pay

Healthcare system executives salaries are on the rise, and that trend is expected to continue as the healthcare industry continues to move to a value-based reimbursement landscape, Modern Healthcare reported on Monday.

Also in the News for Thursday, Aug. 17

New CMS fraud auditing process will target providers with high error rates ... DON barred from working in healthcare facilities after falsifying records to cover up resident's fall ... Podiatrist sentenced to prison, $7 million in restitution for LTC fraud scheme

Joint replacement model mandatory areas slashed in CMS proposal

Joint replacement model mandatory areas slashed in CMS proposal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants to drop the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model from 67 to 34, according to a proposal issued Tuesday.

Medicaid enjoying higher public profile after ACA fight, observers say

The recent legislative battle over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act helped increase understanding of Medicaid's importance and support for the program, according to some observers.

Low-performing SNFs face more hurdles to resident-centered care, study finds

Lower-performing nursing homes may have a more difficult time delivering resident-centered care due to turnover and lack of administrator guidance, a new study shows.

Also in the News for Wednesday, Aug. 16

Two charged with filing false Medicare enrollment documents in $7.1 million hospice scheme ... Standing workouts better than seated for preserving seniors' mobility ... Statin use varies significantly across SNF residents, physicians

CMS proposes cancelling cardiac, orthopedic bundled payment models

CMS proposes cancelling cardiac, orthopedic bundled payment models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning to pull the plug on its recently released — and frequently delayed — bundled payment models for cardiac and orthopedic care.

More Medicare beneficiaries than expected using end-of-life care planning coverage

Nearly twice the number of beneficiaries originally projected to participate in Medicare-covered end-of-life care consultations did so during the first year of the program, according to a report published Monday.

Court vacates order requiring HHS to clear Medicare appeals backlog

The Department of Health and Human Services will have another shot at explaining why it believes a four-year timeline is "impossible" for clearing out the current backlog of Medicare claims appeals, thanks to a recent court ruling.

Also in the News for Tuesday, Aug. 15

4 nursing home employees charged with stealing $14,000 from facility ... FDA issues warning over possibly contaminated stool softeners, dietary supplements ... Officials question readmission reduction program results, future

Study finds nursing assistants have higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis than women in other jobs

Study finds nursing assistants have higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis than women in other jobs

Nursing assistants and attendants may have a slightly higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than women in other professions, a new study shows.

State lawmakers opt to repeal nursing home voting bill

Texas lawmakers voted last week to repeal a previously-passed piece of legislation designed to improve voting procedures for nursing home residents.

Post-fall assessments need more structure, researchers find

Post-fall assessments need to be standardized to examine and prevent future falls, a recent Canadian study found.

Also in the News for Monday, Aug. 14

Nearly one in five hospice patients are discharged from hospice before they die, report finds ... Judge calls Trump's 'one-in, two-out' regulatory policy into question ... Republican lawmakers launch petition to force vote on ACA repeal bill