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McKnight's strikes Gold in the Hermes Awards

McKnight's strikes Gold in the Hermes Awards

McKnight's has earned two Gold Awards in this year's Hermes Creative Awards, a program honoring creative professionals in digital media, communications, marketing and public relations.

Fiscal 2018 payment rules for SNFs, hospice on the way

Proposed fiscal year 2018 payment rules for skilled nursing facilities and hospices will soon be published for public comment, according to one federal website.

Administration keeps up contraception fight with Little Sisters of the Poor

Negotiations between the federal government and religious groups over the Affordable Care Act's controversial contraception mandate could stretch on under a motion filed Monday in federal court.

Also in the News for Wednesday, April 26

Hospitals urge CMS to stop mandatory bundled payments ... Little thought given to impact of hearing loss on physician, elderly patient communication ... Incorporating social supports into Medicare could help chronically ill beneficiaries

Provider hit with class action lawsuit over inaccurate background check report

Provider hit with class action lawsuit over inaccurate background check report

An Indiana-based healthcare management group is facing a class action lawsuit after one applicant claims she was denied a job at the company due to an allegedly false background check report.

GOP to hold off on healthcare vote until assured new plan can pass

In a move likely to bring some relief to long-term care providers, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said last weekend a vote on the GOP's revised healthcare bill is unlikely to occur until the party is confident it has the support to get the plan through the House.

PA attorney general files appeal over Golden Living marketing case

The Pennsylvania attorney general's office filed an appeal last week of a state court's decision to dismiss a lawsuit against 25 Golden LivingCenters.

Also in the News for Tuesday, April 25

RN's lawsuit claims facility fired him over daughter's cancer diagnosis ... Ohio SNF inspectors understaffed, missing deadlines ... Hormone therapy may help older women at high risk of fractures

Kindred may be eyeing sale along with skilled nursing exit

Kindred may be eyeing sale along with skilled nursing exit

Kindred Healthcare Inc. may be exploring a sale amidst an uncertain future for post-acute care reimbursements, Reuters reported on Friday.

SNF employee charged with assault after spraying resident with hand sanitizer

A former employee of a Pennsylvania nursing home is facing assault and neglect charges after he allegedly repeatedly sprayed a resident with hand sanitizer.

Diet soda intake linked to stroke and dementia in study

People who drink a single diet soft drink per day showed a higher rate of developing dementia and stroke over a decade, according to new research.

Also in the News for Monday, April 24

Florida didn't stop Medicaid payments to providers with fraud claims ... CMS posts updates to PBJ policy manual ... Healthcare industry turning to ex-offenders to fill jobs

SNF owner embezzled Medicaid funds to pay for strippers, gambling, pet care

SNF owner embezzled Medicaid funds to pay for strippers, gambling, pet care

The owner of a shuttered nursing home in Missouri admitted in court on Wednesday that he took $667,000 in Medicaid funds meant for the facility and spent it on strippers, pet care, gambling and a country club membership.

Per-person Medicaid caps could cut funding for dual eligibles by $44 billion

Spending on beneficiaries who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare could drop by $44 billion over the next ten years if the Medicaid program moves to a limiting per-capita system, according to new research.

States bolstering efforts to fight Medicaid waste, fraud in wake of GAO report

Many state Medicaid programs are trying to improve their data analytics and provider education to curb fraud and waste within the program — efforts recently criticized in a federal report — one official said this week.

Also in the News for Friday, April 21

Delaying bundled payment models could make programs a 'moving target,' AHA says ... Death of SNF resident hit by chair ruled a homicide ... Healthcare execs largely pessimistic about Trump administration's impact on patient care

Medicare Shared Savings Program cut PAC spending by 9%, study shows

Medicare Shared Savings Program cut PAC spending by 9%, study shows

Drops in skilled nursing admissions contributed to a 9% cut in post-acute spending for accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, recent research found.

Leave the cannoli: Healthcare workers more likely to have poor dietary habits

Healthcare support workers are more likely to smoke or have poor dietary habits compared to workers in other occupations, according to a recently published study.

Strength training can boost seniors' muscle strength by 100%, warding off falls

Seniors who engage in strength training may be able to gain muscle and become less susceptible to falls, according to one expert.

Also in the News for Thursday, April 20

Grassley calls on CMS to explain Medicare Advantage overcharges ... Physician visit program in SNFs lowered readmission rates by 7% ... Provision of inpatient pay rule would allow release of inspection records