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Nursing home CEO fires himself in a bid to save struggling organization

The chief executive of a struggling skilled care provider is cutting his own position, after 18 years on the job, in a bid to keep the home afloat.

Nursing home signs 'groundbreaking contract,' doles out bonuses to staffers for cutting back bed sores

One New York nursing home is trying an outside-the-box approach to keeping residents safe.

In lift to management, Labor department rejects 'persuader rule'

The Department of Labor has officially revoked a rule that requires employers to report whenever they seek assistance from consultants or lawyers to dissuade employees from joining unions.

Deadline extension for McKnight's Tech Awards

Providers who might be scrambling to get their applications in for the 2018 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards just received a reprieve.

Also in the News for Friday, July 20

California to feature more homelike, "small-house" SNFs in new pilot program ... Mechanical lift sling fails twice on separate occasions, landing provider $50,000 fine ... Massachusetts becoming the 'Silicon Valley for age-tech'

Expert hopes PDPM will end False Claims cases like the one that cost SNFs millions on Wednesday

Expert hopes PDPM will end False Claims cases like the one that cost SNFs millions on Wednesday

One key provider advocate is expressing optimism that a pending new payment system will spare operators from therapy upcoding lawsuits like the one settled for $10 million Wednesday.

Judge provides warning to would-be whistleblowers in SNF therapy upcoding cases

One Illinois judge has served up a warning to future whistleblowers who might bring claims against skilled nursing facilities.

Nurse aides at CCRCs receive 3.35% pay bump

Salaries for certified nurse aides at continuing care retirement communities have taken a healthy jump upward, according to a new survey.

Also in the news for Thursday, July 19

Hospital says it's considering slashing skilled care services, obstetrics to reduce costs ... Nursing home sector 'on the verge of collapse,' says one state care leader ... Mobility plans get hospitalized patients moving, may reduce discharges to SNFs

Providers view telehealth move from Medicare as 'sea change' for the field

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' move to start paying for virtual visits, beyond rural areas of the country, is being lauded by advocates in the field.

Congress investigating alleged poor care at VA nursing homes

The House of Representatives is launching an investigation into alleged poor care at Veterans Affairs nursing homes, after a newspaper exposé pulled the curtain back on the issue.

LTC pharmacy group rips Medicare Part D 'oligopoly, corrupting the free market,' offers 7 fixes

One of the leading groups representing long-term care pharmacists is urging the federal government to "act swiftly" to address "skyrocketing drug costs" that are harming the field.

Also in the News for Wednesday, July 18

Hospital plans $13M new outpatient clinic, says nursing homes no longer first choice for patients ... Aggressive pharma execs had 'specific business plan in place' to target nursing homes for excessive opioid sales, lawsuit alleges ... Most seniors with probable dementia undiagnosed or unaware that they have it: study

Supreme Court decision on ALJs adds another wrench into Medicare bottle-neck

Supreme Court decision on ALJs adds another wrench into Medicare bottle-neck

Medicare appeals might be getting a little more complicated for skilled care providers, thanks to a recent ruling from the Supreme Court, legal analysts predict.

CCRCs are reducing SNF units, adding rehab, report finds

Continuing care retirement communities are adapting to a changing market of healthier seniors, which includes reducing skilled nursing units, a new report finds.

CMS looks to simplify Medicare application process for providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is aiming to make it easier for providers to apply for eligibility, the agency announced late last week.

Also in the news for Tuesday, July 17

Kaiser tool shows how nursing home staffing fluctuates across the U.S. ... Senators push drug maker to boost production of popular shingles vaccine ... Attorney general's office strengthens ability to prosecute PA nursing homes

Medigap policies for seniors can often be denied, report finds

Medigap policies for seniors can often be denied, report finds

In most states insurance companies can deny Medigap policies to seniors because of a pre-existing condition, leaving possible long-term care consumers unable to pay for services, a new analysis finds.

Rural provider hopes lifted: Medicare to pay for virtual doctor visits

Physicians can receive Medicare payments for using telecommunications such as audio or video with patients, according to new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

State levies biggest possible fine after unattended resident falls off toilet, dies

Providers are being advised to review toileting procedures in the wake of California's stern treatment of a facility receiving the maximum fine for a recent resident accident.