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Supreme Court weighs widespread impact of SNF arbitration case

Supreme Court weighs widespread impact of SNF arbitration case

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a nursing home arbitration agreement case could have a broader effect on lawsuits involving the power of attorney, according to arguments heard Wednesday.

SNF Compare site to launch in 2018, officials say

A Skilled Nursing Facility Compare website is scheduled for release next fall, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid officials said during a call Thursday.

CMS anti-fraud contractors may consolidate under Trump administration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' anti-fraud contractors could consolidate as part of President Donald Trump's plan to cut federal spending, some experts believe.

Also in the News for Friday, Feb. 24

Texas lawmakers renew efforts to crack down on SNF abuse, neglect ... Sleeping longer may be sign of dementia ... CMS releases national market saturation, usage data for SNFs

Programs for end-of-life planning, EHR named winners of HHS data challenge

Programs for end-of-life planning, EHR named winners of HHS data challenge

A program aimed at sharing patients' end of life plans is among the winners in the latest phase of the Department of Health and Human Services' "Move Health Data Forward Challenge."

Advocates 'shocked' at Medicaid proposals' potential impact on nursing facilities

Advocates for seniors were stunned when they learned that a Medicaid overhaul proposal may be included in a bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, one group leader reported Wednesday.

CNN investigation: Sexual assaults in nursing homes a 'widespread' issue

Sexual assaults of nursing home residents by facility employees are "widespread" but "little-discussed," according to an investigation published Wednesday by CNN.

Also in the News for Thursday, Feb. 23

Authorities disclose nature of photos taken by fired CNA of naked resident ... PA court reverses, remands ManorCare wrongful death suit ... Use of blue lights in rehab facilities may help ward off depression in stroke patients

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