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Providers tentatively welcome Medicare payment goals tied to quality

Providers tentatively welcome Medicare payment goals tied to quality

Long-term care leaders on Monday called a first-ever federal timeline for greater levels of bundled and other alternative payments "aggressive" but "a good thing."

Lawmakers demand better adherence to Medicaid's eligibility and asset transfer rules

Two federal lawmakers are calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to crack down on states that don't enforce eligibility and asset-transfer regulations.

Court: Nursing home must pay bed tax, even if it receives no benefit

The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a nursing home must pay a bed tax even if it does not receive a benefit.

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Lawmakers predict work cutbacks if ACA coverage floor raised to 40 hours per week

Raising the definition of a full-time workweek from 30 to 40 hours would result in fewer work hours for many employees, Senate Democrats argued at a hearing last week.

Company News

BusinessBriefs for January 2015

» Walker & Dunlop said a $9.9 million loan for the refinance of Vista Healthcare Center in California has closed. The center has 187 skilled nursing beds. The transaction was processed through the HUD's LEAN program. The borrower, LifeHOUSE Health Services, will be able to pay off existing intra-company debt and take advantage of a long-term sub-4% rate. The loan is "somewhat unique," the firm said, as it carries a one-year lockout period with four years of lower-than-standard prepayment penalties.

Kindred to add 500 jobs in KY

Kindred Healthcare will expand its headquarters and add about 500 jobs, the company announced in December.

LTC liability costs projected to increase by 5% nationally

LTC liability costs projected to increase by 5% nationally

Long-term care providers should prepare for higher liability costs. They are anticipated to increase by 5% on a national basis in 2015, according to a new analysis from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living and Aon Global Risk Consulting, an arm of insurer Aon plc.

State News

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.

State News for December 2014

State News for December 2014

FLORIDA - A nursing home building boom may be on the horizon following the end of a 12-year moratorium.

State news for November 2014

State news for November 2014

MISSISSIPPI — Postal inspectors allege nursing home employees here and in California may have unwittingly referred families and residents seeking help with Medicaid and veterans' benefits to an individual who allegedly filed troublesome paperwork and defrauded others of hundreds of thousands of dollars in what they described as a sophisticated Ponzi scheme.