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Provider to pay $5 million to settle allegations of substandard care

Provider to pay $5 million to settle allegations of substandard care

A Tennessee-based long-term care provider has agreed to pay $5 million to resolve claims that one of its facilities billed Medicare and Medicaid for "worthless services," authorities announced on Thursday.

Authorities open investigation into pharma company allegedly targeting SNF residents with unnecessary drug

Los Angeles authorities are investigating a pharmaceutical company making a drug that has been "aggressively" marketed to nursing homes, according to recent reports. Experts have questioned the safety of Nuedexta, which is meant to treat a disorder identified by uncontrollable laughing or crying.

Florida generator rule for LTC stands, appeals court says

An appeals court sided with Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Thursday, upholding his emergency requirements for long-term care facilities to install generators despite providers saying the rule isn't justified.

Also in the News for Monday, Oct. 23

HCR ManorCare landlord gives provider extra time to respond to receivership ... CMS issues waivers for skilled nursing facilities in response to California wildfires ... Email miscommunication blamed in norovirus outbreak that sickened nursing home residents, workers

Employee fingerprint scans land provider in class-action lawsuit

Employee fingerprint scans land provider in class-action lawsuit

An Illinois nursing home is facing a class-action lawsuit filed by a worker who argues that the facility's required daily fingerprint scans pose a threat to their privacy.

11 more states working on wage increases for direct care workforce

Seventeen states currently have Medicaid-related initiatives underway to bolster their long-term care workforce, with many of those focused on raising wages for workers, a new survey shows.

Court rules management company may be sued due to 'mutually advantageous' relationship with SNF

A long-term care management company has enough of a relationship with a skilled nursing facility it shares ownership of to be included in a lawsuit against it, a court ruled on Tuesday.

Also in the News for Friday, Oct. 20

Study finds 'universal endorsement' of advance care planning among SNF staff, families ... Tiberi, leader of Medicare Red Tape Relief Project, to leave Congress by January ... Staffing standardization may help improve care quality

Senate committee kicks off investigation into nursing home emergency preparedness rules

Senate committee kicks off investigation into nursing home emergency preparedness rules

The Senate Finance Committee will be scrutinizing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' upcoming emergency preparedness rules for nursing homes in light of recent hurricanes, committee leaders announced Wednesday.

Telemedicine coverage laws often confusing to providers, experts say

State telemedicine laws may leave healthcare providers in a state of billing confusion over what services are covered, some observers say.

Pharmacist sentenced to probation in nursing home drug reuse scheme

A former employee of a Pennsylvania pharmacy was sentenced to probation and community service on Tuesday for her role in a scheme to repackage drugs that went unused by area nursing homes.

Also in the News for Thursday, Oct. 19

AHCA/NCAL elects new board, Wylie named chairman ... More than half of RNs report patient bias, offensive comments, survey shows ... Former drug company exec top candidate for HHS secretary post ... Palliative care may benefit heart failure patients, but many do not receive

CMS could overhaul therapy pay rules in 2018

CMS could overhaul therapy pay rules in 2018

LAS VEGAS - The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services' recent advanced notice of proposed rulemaking could bring a total overhaul of therapy payment rules and be in place as early as October 2018 in a "worse case scenario," an official with the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living shared at the group's annual meeting on Tuesday.

Mandatory bundled pay models likely still on chopping block despite Price departure

The Department of Health and Human Services efforts' to roll back mandatory bundled payment models aren't likely to lose any steam, despite the fact that Tom Price, M.D., an outspoken opponent of the models, is no longer at the helm of the agency.

DOJ's review of fraud prosecution process may have healthcare implications

Healthcare fraud policies may undergo changes following a recently announced review of prosecution methods by the Department of Justice, according to some observers.

Also in the News for Wednesday, Oct. 18

Authorities release 911 calls from Hollywood Hills workers after Irma ... Driver, 81, cited with careless driving in SNF crash that killed 3 ... Frail, high-cost seniors make up 44% of potentially preventable Medicare spending

Parkinson stresses strength, moving forward at AHCA convention in Las Vegas

Parkinson stresses strength, moving forward at AHCA convention in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention & Expo kicked off on Monday with a moment of silence in the wake of a recent tragedy.

Nursing home arbitration scores another win with state high court ruling

A skilled nursing provider won a court victory last week when the Wyoming Supreme Court agreed an arbitration agreement signed by a deceased resident's daughter was binding.

Nursing workforce becoming more educated, diverse, study shows

More men and people of color are entering the nursing profession, and more nurses are pursuing additional education than ever before, according to a new analysis.

Also in the News for Tuesday, Oct. 17

HHS waives some requirements in response to CA wildfires ... LTC residents could benefit from 'sense-sensitive' living environments ... Antibiotics for dental use may be contributing to C. Diff cases