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Court: Private parties can't sue SNFs to release documents

Court: Private parties can't sue SNFs to release documents

Nursing homes can't be sued by private parties looking to access the facilities' documents, a state high court has ruled.

OIG: Nearly 30% of rehab facility patients suffer care-related harm

Almost 30% of patients who receive care at inpatient rehabilitation hospitals experience some sort of harm relating to their care, according to a new government report.

Medicaid supplemental payment rule heads to White House

A rule that would strengthen oversight of supplemental payments for Medicaid providers arrived at the White House for review this week.

Also in the News for Friday, July 22

AHCA/NCAL announces 2016 award winners ... Antibiotics may slow Alzheimer's progression ... MRSA common on hands of nurses with job-related skin diseases

Feds acknowledge 'large gaps' in HIPAA regulation of health apps, wearable tech

Feds acknowledge 'large gaps' in HIPAA regulation of health apps, wearable tech

The rise of health-focused mobile applications, websites and wearable technologies has left gaps in regulations meant to protect consumers' data, according to a long-awaited federal report.

Officials face scrutiny after SNF employee shares photo of deceased resident on Snapchat

A former resident care worker has been fired by Canadian health officials for sharing on Snapchat a photo of a deceased resident at a government-run long-term care home.

CMS: Fraud prevention efforts saved Medicare, Medicaid $42 billion

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' fraud prevention efforts saved the agency $42 billion dollars in fiscal years 2013 and 2014.

Also in the News for Thursday, July 21

Indoor falls spur more SNF stays than outdoor falls ... RN convicted in $8 million Medicare home health fraud scheme ... FDA issues recall of liquid stool softener for bacteria contamination risk

GOP platform puts focus on home-based long-term care, elder abuse

GOP platform puts focus on home-based long-term care, elder abuse

The Republican National Committee will set its sights on policies that foster home health and seniors' preferences in 2016, according to the party's final platform.

SNF employee sentenced to 10 months in prison for abuse caught on family-placed camera

A former employee at a South Dakota facility will serve nearly 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing and neglecting a 66-year-old resident.

AHCA state chapter under attack for $330k political donation

A large Arkansas provider association found itself the subject of an ethics complaint this week over donations it made to a state ballot question committee.

Also in the News for Wednesday, July 20

Bristol-Myers Squibb pays $30 million to settle kickback scheme involving antipsychotic, diabetes drugs ... Kansas Medicaid backlog putting financial pressure on SNFs ... DOJ may block insurance mega-mergers that would shake up Medicare Advantage market

HIPAA audits intensify with document requests for 'unlucky' providers

More than 150 healthcare organizations received document requests last week as part of the second phase of HIPAA audits, according to the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.

Three ACOs drop out of Next Generation program citing financial concerns

Three accountable care organizations have left the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Next Generation model less than one year into the program.

Facility fined, employee fired after misread advance directive leads to resident's death

An Illinois nursing home has been cited and fined $25,000 after nursing staff failed to follow an advance directive regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation, resulting in the death of a resident.

Also in the News for Tuesday, July 19

VA nursing homes on par with community facilities ... SNF maintenance man arrested for hiding camera in bathroom ... Bill introduced to slow overtime pay changes

Hospital admission rates among SNF residents improving across U.S.

Hospital admission rates among SNF residents improving across U.S.

The number of hospital admissions and readmissions among nursing home residents dropped in many areas in the United States, according to a recent report.

Nursing home workers push back against MA governor's budget cuts

Massachusetts nursing home workers are fighting back against last-minute budget cuts that would slash an anticipated $35.5 million funding boost to the state's healthcare workforce.

Healthcare groups urge CMS to keep pain questions until alternatives are developed

A proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to remove pain management questions from hospitals' value-based purchasing scores drew the ire of some clinical advocates, who say the change would hurt patients.

Also in the News for Monday, July 18

Sale of nursing home to Sidwell Friends likely to proceed ... Artificial lighting may bring negative health consequences, study shows ... House committee approves spending bill with CMS cuts