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New payment models clash with fraud laws; waivers might not be the answer, official says

New payment models clash with fraud laws; waivers might not be the answer, official says

Healthcare payments linked to the quality of care are causing challenges to existing fraud and abuse laws, a government official said Wednesday.

'Elderspeak' study reveals prevalence: study

Certified nursing assistants are more likely to use "elderspeak," a form of patronizing speech used with seniors, if they are familiar with the resident, if the resident has dementia, or others are not around, a study finds.

FDA approves extended-release opioid painkiller

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave market clearance to an extended-release opioid painkiller yesterday. It is designed for those with severe pain.

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Hearing held on potential new National Labor Relations Board member Lauren McGarity McFerran .... Buffalo nursing home evacuates all residents ....Niall Brennan named to lead CMS data office

Medicaid rule could be an obstacle for dementia care in AL, Stateline reports

Medicaid rule could be an obstacle for dementia care in AL, Stateline reports

As states begin to implement a new Medicaid rule for home- and community-based care, there is a danger that assisted living facilities might face difficult requirements that could limit access to care, according to an article published Wednesday by Stateline, a news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Company News

BusinessBriefs for November 2014

» Large nonprofit senior living groups continue to be largely the domain of faith-based operators, according to the latest LeadingAge Ziegler 100 report. Presbyterian-, Methodist- and Lutheran-run organizations were the most common, investigators found.

Prospects not well courted

Many senior living operators could do a better job of attracting potential customers, a study by students at George Mason University has found.

LTC-related deals took the lead in the second quarter

LTC-related deals took the lead in the second quarter

Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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State news for November 2014

State news for November 2014

MISSISSIPPI — Postal inspectors allege nursing home employees here and in California may have unwittingly referred families and residents seeking help with Medicaid and veterans' benefits to an individual who allegedly filed troublesome paperwork and defrauded others of hundreds of thousands of dollars in what they described as a sophisticated Ponzi scheme.

State News for October 2014

State News for October 2014

ILLINOIS — Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed a new law making it easier for people to lodge complaints against nursing homes.

State News for September 2014

State News for September 2014

MAINE - The state's nursing homes will get their first Medicaid rate increase in six years after a breathtaking display of mid-summer political brinksmanship. But dark days still loom in a state beset with closures and an over-65 population ratio that's second only to Florida's.