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Providers deluge regulators on rules overhaul; Online Expo to provide answers

Providers deluge regulators on rules overhaul; Online Expo to provide answers

As providers are being urged to voice their opinions on a massive proposed overhaul to long-term care regulations, a McKnight's webinar next Wednesday will dive into how these changes impact payment, health records and more.

New drug rule could endanger $1.3 billion of Medicare funding

The pharmaceutical industry is pushing for a patent law change that could raise federal healthcare costs by $1.3 billion over the next decade.

Computer, cell phone use may improve seniors' mental age by 4 to 8 years

Today's seniors have better cognitive function than seniors did 10 years ago, and cell phone and computer use could be a factor, according to a new study.

Also in the News for Wednesday, September 2

Resident killed after pickup truck crashes into nursing home... Heart rate could impact seniors' independence... HealthSouth buys CareSouth for $170 million

NLRB ruling may complicate bargaining talks

Healthcare workers employed by a staffing agency are technically employed by both the agency and the facility where they're working, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled. That decision could complicate collective bargaining talks between providers and their temporary workers.

Nurse association takes 'zero tolerance' stance on workplace violence, bullying

A leading long-term care nurses group is praising a tough, new "zero tolerance" the American Nurses Association has adopted regarding violence and bullying in healthcare workplaces.

Top spots missed when healthcare workers use hand sanitizer

More than half of healthcare workers commonly miss parts of their hands when applying hand sanitizer, a new study has found.

Also in the News for Tuesday, September 1

Nursing home charged in death of burn patient ... Hip, knee replacement for osteoarthritis increases heart attack risk ...Final week of ICD-10 testing successful

SNF cost-comparison report: Occupancy rates down, cash-on-hand increases

SNF cost-comparison report: Occupancy rates down, cash-on-hand increases

A decline in occupancy rates and an increase in days cash-on-hand are among the findings included in CliftonLarsonAllen's sweeping Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Comparison Report.

Nursing home pays $1.2 million fine following 35 deficiencies

A Tennessee nursing home is rebounding after being hit with a seven-figure fine from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Former pharmacy CEO gets max sentence for selling repackaged drugs to nursing homes

A former pharmacy CEO has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges that he repackaged and sold drugs returned from nursing homes.

Also in the News for Monday, August 31

FDA approves new cholesterol drug... Spouses of stroke survivors face lasting health issues... Pilates linked to better balance in older women with back pain

GAO will investigate Five-Star rating system

GAO will investigate Five-Star rating system

In a move sure to surprise many providers, the Government Accountability Office will investigate the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Five-Star Quality Rating System, according to a published report.

CMS extends nursing home improvement initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will extend its initiative to improve care in nursing facilities, the agency announced Thursday.

Bill would expand restrictions on campaigning in nursing homes

Wisconsin legislators have introduced a bill that would ban political candidates and their staff from campaigning at nursing homes on the day voting deputies visit to help residents complete their absentee ballots.

Also in the News for Friday, August 28

Head of ACO organization disappointed with 2014 results... Prisons should be more like nursing homes... Growth hormone reduces risk of fractures in women with osteoporosis

Post-acute push boosts ACO savings

Post-acute push boosts ACO savings

Medicare accountable care organizations saved the federal government more than $411 million in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Nursing home's safety documents not protected, court rules

A North Carolina nursing home operator can't claim privilege in protecting documents created by its safety committee from discovery, a federal trial court has ruled.

Seniors have higher risk for hospital admission after outpatient surgery

Seniors are more likely to be admitted to a hospital after outpatient surgery due to misunderstanding discharge and medication instructions, a new study shows.

Also in the News for Thursday, August 27

CBO forecasts increased Medicare, Medicaid spending... Nurse admits to covering up abuse, neglect at SNF... One third of "very elderly" Americans on statins "without evidence"