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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

Greystone gets the Gold: Named best in Transitions category of McKnight's Tech Awards

Greystone gets the Gold: Named best in Transitions category of McKnight's Tech Awards

Greystone Healthcare Management has received the Gold Award in the McKnight's Tech Awards competition in the Transitions category for its management of resident transitions.

Staff turnover needs to be considered in flu season plans for LTC, researchers say

Long-term care providers should take their staff turnover rate into account when looking for ways to increase employee flu vaccination rates, according to a new research review. Because there could be frequent newcomers, managers should make sure flu-prevention efforts are continual and not pinned to just one day or week.

Missing SNF resident found trapped but alive in sinkhole

A resident missing from a Missouri nursing home was rescued last week from a sinkhole behind the facility, according to local reports.

Also in the News for Monday, Oct. 16

Waivers may be granted under FL's emergency generator rule for post-acute providers ... DOJ drops out of Medicare Advantage suit against UnitedHealth ... Dance classes score better than traditional exercise at boosting seniors' balance, learning

Dunwoody named 'Dignity' Gold Award winner

Dunwoody named 'Dignity' Gold Award winner

It's hard to find a trickier problem for long-term care providers than incontinence and toilet training management. Efforts by Dunwoody Village in Newtown Square, PA, to address the problem led the operator to the Gold Award in the Dignity category of the 2017 McKnight's Tech Awards competition.

More than 100 lawmakers urge CMS to rethink long-term care requirements

More than 120 House Representatives have joined in signing a letter that asks the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to "re-evaluate" the requirements of participation for long-term care providers.

Wine country wildfires force evacuation of frail residents at CA's largest veterans home

More than 100 of the frailest residents of California's largest veterans long-term care facility were evacuated this week amid concerns that rampant wildfires in the area could be detrimental to their health.

Also in the News for Friday, Oct. 13

Rubio calls on lawmakers to investigate Hollywood Hills deaths ... Report: Drugmaker targeting SNF residents with prescriptions for unnecessary medication ... Nursing care occupancy drops to 86.2% in third quarter

Illuminate HC wins Quality division in McKnight's Tech Awards

Illuminate HC wins Quality division in McKnight's Tech Awards

Illuminate HC operators saw a "consistent and direct" correlation between delays in call-light response times and negative — and avoidable — patient experiences. Their efforts to change the model, especially around staffing, led them to win the Gold Award in the McKnight's Technology Awards competition in the Quality category.

SNF biller charged in $600,000 Medicaid fraud scheme after facility alerts authorities

A former biller for a Michigan nursing home has been charged with multiple fraud-related charges after authorities say she pocketed residents' cash payments to the facility.

'Friendly' Florida laws may limit awards for families suing after loved ones died in hurricane-related heat

Florida's state laws may make it harder for family members suing The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills for its handling of Hurricane Irma and the 14 resident deaths that ensued to collect legal damage awards.

Also in the News for Thursday, Oct. 12

Researchers call for new fall prevention tech after finding seniors take longer to realize they're falling ... AHA supports canceling bundled payment programs, shifting to voluntary models ... Trump names HHS deputy as acting secretary following Price resignation