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Final revisions to fraud rules expected by spring

Revisions to three healthcare fraud and abuse rules, including one that would increase the Office of Inspector General's ability to impose civil monetary penalties, are expected to be finalized by spring 2016, according to a new federal report.

$4M lawsuit against Virginia nursing home will go to trial

A lawsuit against a Virginia nursing home over a resident's leg amputation will be heard by a jury in early 2016.

Mother, son arrested for running makeshift nursing home

A mother and son have been arrested for allegedly operating an unlicensed nursing home out of their central Indiana duplex.

Also in the News for Monday, November 30

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Improper payment rate for SNFs jumps to 11%

Improper payment rate for SNFs jumps to 11%

The improper payment rate for skilled nursing facilities increased to 11.04% in 2015 largely due to insufficient documentation, a new report has shown.

GAO, AARP reports slam 'disastrous' prescription drug prices

New reports from the Government Accountability Office and AARP are taking aim at increasing prescription drug prices and the potential burdens they pose to consumers and government programs.

Nursing home praised for putting native foods on menu

A nursing home in Alaska is earning praise from residents and their families for a new partnership that brings a taste of traditional native foods to the facility.

Also in the News for Wednesday, November 25

Service coordinators linked to 18% hospitalization reduction... Loneliness triggers cell changes that can cause illness in seniors... 12% of prescription drugs are given for unapproved uses

1 in 3 SNFs in bundled payment test areas won't qualify for 3-day stay waiver

1 in 3 SNFs in bundled payment test areas won't qualify for 3-day stay waiver

One in three skilled nursing facilities under Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement initiative testing will be shut out from a waiver of the three-day stay rule due to their star rating, according to a new published report.

NY law adds workplace violence protection for healthcare workers

New York has passed a new law giving the same anti-violence protections to healthcare workers already given to firefighters, emergency medical technicians and registered nurses.

CMS suspends PACE program that cherry-picked patients

A Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly organization is being accused of denying enrollment to patients who needed expensive medical services, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Also in the News for Tuesday, November 24

Pfizer and Allergan will merge in $160 billion deal... SEC charges senior living exec in $190 million fraud... Kentucky sets LTC background check rules

SNF must bargain with union that lost organizing election

A New York skilled nursing facility must recognize and bargain with a chapter of the Service Employees International Union after being cited for unfair tactics, a judge ruled last week.

Nursing home staffing company will pay $730,000 for unpaid overtime

A nursing home staffing company was ordered to pay 150 workers upwards of $730,000 in unpaid overtime wages and interest, a federal judge ruled last week.

Senate advances bill to improve Internet for rural SNFs

A bill that would improve telecommunications and broadband access for skilled nursing facilities in rural areas was approved last week by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Also in the News for Monday, November 23

Proposed nursing home rule to go into effect September 2016... Florida hospice will pay $3M to settle FCA suit... Court rules temp workers can sue companies for bias... "Social jet lag" increases risk of diabetes

HHS: Improper Medicaid payments almost doubled since 2013

HHS: Improper Medicaid payments almost doubled since 2013

The rate of improper Medicaid payments has almost doubled over the past two fiscal years, according to a financial report from the Department of Health and Human Services.

LTC liability costs to rise by 5% for 3rd straight year

Long-term care facilities can expect their annual loss rate to increase by 5% over the course of 2016, according to a new report released Thursday by the American Health Care Association and Aon Global Risk Consulting.

SNF administrator accused of stealing $10,000 from facility

The former administrator of a Pennsylvania nursing home is facing theft charges after he allegedly stole more than $10,000 from the facility, authorities say.

Also in the News for Friday, November 20

Survey finds nurses happy with pay, but eager to change careers ... House advances two Medicaid 'loophole' fixing bills ... CMS hastens rate raise for dual-eligible plans