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SNF will pay $28 million to settle fraud, neglect lawsuits

SNF will pay $28 million to settle fraud, neglect lawsuits

A New York skilled nursing facility has agreed to pay $28 million and implement reforms to settle a lawsuit alleging fraud, neglect and criminal conduct from the facility's owners and staff.

Gawande: Good palliative care blocked by quality measures, lack of communication

The quality measures currently in place in skilled nursing facilities and hospice settings are too focused on safety and health to promote effective palliative care, physician Atul Gawande, M.D., MPH, told lawmakers on Thursday.

Nasal mist flu vaccine ineffective, shouldn't be used next flu season, CDC says

A popular form of flu vaccine has been deemed ineffective by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Also in the News for Friday, June 24

Care coordination lacking for seniors with multiple conditions ... Alzheimer's detected through retina scans ... GOP healthcare blueprint calls for vast Medicaid reform, ACA repeal

Post-acute providers among 301 nabbed in record Medicare fraud sweep

Post-acute providers among 301 nabbed in record Medicare fraud sweep

The largest-ever healthcare fraud takedown has resulted in charges against hundreds of people involved in schemes totaling $900 million, government officials announced Wednesday.

Flu, falls drove SNF occupancy in early 2016, report shows

Skilled nursing facilities enjoyed increased occupancy rates in the first quarter of 2016, likely spurred by winter-related causes, according to a new report.

Kindred hospice wins against whistleblower in False Claims case

A Kindred Healthcare hospice affiliate won big this week in a False Claims Act case brought by a former employee.

Also in the News for Thursday, June 23

Resident charged with arson, assault in setting SNF fire ... Medicare funds to run out two years earlier than projected, feds say ... One-third of Medicare beneficiaries prescribed opioids

Hospital association sounds off on SNF prospective payment proposal

Hospital association sounds off on SNF prospective payment proposal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should consider skilled nursing payment proposals that could benefit the "unique" characteristics hospital-based facilities, the nation's largest hospital association said on Monday.

llinois providers file lawsuits to stop competitor's expansion

Three Illinois nursing homes have taken legal action in an attempt slow the expansion of a transitional care-focused competitor in Chicago's western suburbs.

Diabetes drugs could be used to treat Alzheimer's, and vice versa, study finds

Drugs used to treat diabetes also could alleviate the symptoms and progression of Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds.

Also in the News for Wednesday, June 22

ACOs bring modest savings in care for patients with comorbidities, study says ... Provider sentenced to 8 years in prison in $9 million hospice scheme ... CMS releases final rule on Medicare payments for clinical lab tests

McKnight's earns APEX Grand Award, 7 honors overall

McKnight's Long-Term Healthcare News earned a Grand Award and four Awards of Excellence at the 28th annual Awards for Publication Excellence contest.

CMS proposes tightening Medicaid improper payment program

The program that measures Medicaid improper payments and eligibility could be getting tougher in the future under new a new rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday.

Fire that forced evacuation at SNF started by resident, authorities say

A fire at a Connecticut rehabilitation facility that sent five residents to the hospital on Saturday was set by another resident who wanted to leave the place, according to police.

CMS says updated fire codes effective July 5

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is gearing up to enact its recently finalized fire safety updates for long-term care facilities.

Also in the News for Tuesday, June 21

Study: Polypharmacy doesn't impact mortality in nursing home residents ... Parkinson's rates on the rise in American men ... Kansas Medicaid backlog four times worse than originally thought

Senate committee-approved spending bill would eliminate Medicare assistance program

Senate committee-approved spending bill would eliminate Medicare assistance program

A federal program that provides seniors with advice for the Medicare program is one of 18 groups on the chopping block under a spending bill approved by a Senate committee last week.

Jury sides with facility in SNF wrongful death case

A jury ruled in favor of a New Hampshire nursing home on Thursday, finding the facility did not act improperly in the 2011 death of a resident.

Medicare ACO savings plummet after first year, study finds

The first full year of contracts for accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program led to reductions in spending, but those cuts dropped significantly in the second cohort, a new study shows.