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Court: HHS has 4 years to eliminate 700,000 Medicare appeals

Court: HHS has 4 years to eliminate 700,000 Medicare appeals

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has until Dec. 31, 2020 to eliminate the backlog of pending Medicare reimbursement appeals, a federal court ordered on Monday.

OSHA mulls federal standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is seeking feedback on how to combat workplace violence in healthcare settings, following a federal report calling on the agency to ramp up its violence prevention efforts.

Court won't seal False Claims suit against RehabCare, despite whistleblower's fear of retaliation

A whistleblower's fear of retaliation isn't sufficient to justify sealing her False Claims Act lawsuit filed against RehabCare Group Inc., a judge ruled on Friday.

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Former SNF worker gets 5 year prison sentence for hitting, pushing resident ... Feds release updates to CMP rules, anti-kickback statutes ... More than 25% of docs say antibiotics often prescribed unnecessarily

Gaps persisting in wound documentation

An audit of 155 patient records found large gaps between clinical practice and wound documentation in nursing homes.

Researchers question Braden Scale's reliability inside SNFs

Researchers question Braden Scale's reliability inside SNFs

The Braden Scale may not be a valid tool for predicting pressure wounds when used in long-term care settings, according to Chinese researchers who conducted a meta-analysis.

Ask the Treatment Expert about ... pressure injury prevention

Ask the Treatment Expert about ... pressure injury prevention

On the heels of Pressure Injury Prevention Day (November 17), what are the most important measures for pressure injury prevention?

Align, PointClickCare tackle engagement

PointClickCare and Align have partnered to help providers boost employee engagement and improve resident outcomes.

Netsmart acquires 'building block' in HealthMEDX deal

Netsmart acquires 'building block' in HealthMEDX deal

Netsmart has bought HealthMEDX and its electronic medical records platform, the company announced in late October. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Armed, dangerous

Oh great. He's going to talk about sarcasm. Perfect.

Where Are They Now: Life Care Centers of America

Where Are They Now: Life Care Centers of America

In the two years since winning the Gold Award for Transitions in the McKnight's Technology Awards, Life Care Centers of America has continued to enhance its electronic health records system, SofCare2.

Telemedicine program offers specialized speech therapy

Telemedicine program offers specialized speech therapy

Dementia patients as well as individuals with primary progressive aphasia can experience problems with language, struggling to retrieve the name of a grandchild or finding words to order dinner.

State News for December 2016

State News for December 2016

Vacancy levels nearly doubled at the state's top healthcare regulatory agency in 2015, shedding light on a staffing drain that goes far beyond Maryland's long-term care facilities.

Surviving disaster may up dementia risk

Older adults who live through a disaster may also face an increased risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, according to a recent study.

Virtual reality gets residents excited about exercise: study

Virtual reality gets residents excited about exercise: study

Nursing home residents probably won't rush to an exercise bike if they know they'll be staring at a blank wall while they work out. But incorporating virtual reality environments with exercise equipment may inspire residents to get active, according to new research out of Denmark.

Ask the Care Expert about ... C. diff

Ask the Care Expert about ... C. diff

We have had several residents with C. diff. Their families are asking if there is support available for them. Our staff wonders too. Can you assist?

Profile: Idriz Limaj

Profile: Idriz Limaj

As the oldest of eight children growing up in Macedonia, Idriz Limaj, RN, understood the importance of taking care of people. While he planned to become a physician and had completed vocational nurse training, at age 17 his plans changed after his father had a stroke and became bedridden.

Focus: Readmission rates

Rehospitalization rates should continue to be a strong focal point for gauging providers' efficacy in future payment arrangements.

Medicare appeals backlog to be fixed by 2020, HHS says

Medicare appeals backlog to be fixed by 2020, HHS says

Federal health officials say tweaks to the system will enable them to eradicate a massive backlog of Medicare decision appeals in 2019. They made the prediction in a court brief filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in early November.

Ask the Payment Expert about ... SNF Value Based Purchasing Program

Ask the Payment Expert about ... SNF Value Based Purchasing Program

How does the new Skilled Nursing Facility Value Based Program relate to our Medicare payments?