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Certain brand name meds drive up Part D prices, CMS finds

Certain brand name meds drive up Part D prices, CMS finds

A popular acid reflux medication was the costliest drug paid for by Medicare Part D in 2013, while a blood pressure medication was the most frequently prescribed, according to a new report on prescription drug prices.

McKnight's receives top honors again for news coverage

McKnight's receives top honors again for news coverage

McKnight's Long-Term Care News was honored as having the best news coverage among U.S. healthcare publications for the sixth straight year. The McKnight's editorial team earned five honors overall in the 2015 ASHPE national awards program, which announced winners Friday.

Also in the News for Monday, May 4

FDA examines safety of antiseptic products ... Routine preoperative testing not recommended before cataract surgery ... CMS proposes 1.3% increase for hospices

Most older adults OK with dementia screening by phone: Study

People who believe in the benefits of catching medical problems early or have friends or loved ones with Alzheimer's disease tend to openly embrace advanced screening for dementia, according to new research.

Senate to vote this week on new federal budget

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote this week on a federal budget that promises to balance itself in nine years through billions of cuts in social programs and billions of extra dollars to defense.

Company News

Kindred deal lands Gentiva

Kindred Healthcare has completed its purchase of Gentiva Health Services in a deal valued at $1.8 billion, including assumed debt.

Brookdale encounters a new problem: separation anxiety

Brookdale encounters a new problem: separation anxiety

Embattled Brookdale Senior Living is being asked by a major shareholder to spin off its real estate holdings and revamp its governance board.

BusinessBriefs for February 2015

» Senior Housing Properties Trust will buy 38 senior-living communities for $790 million from CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc., including assumption of debt. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. The communities encompass 3,466 total living units. This includes 826 independent living units, 1,860 assisted living units, 744 memory care units and 36 skilled nursing beds.

State News

State News for March 2015

State News for March 2015

ARKANSAS — A former circuit court judge recently admitted that a campaign contribution induced him to lower a jury award in a negligent death lawsuit brought by a nursing home resident's family.

State News for February 2015

State News for February 2015

MASSACHUSETTS — Thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, the concept of palliative care has become more prominent in the national conversation about the end of life. Now these conversations are mandated for Bay State nursing homes, hospitals and other providers.

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.