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LeadingAge asks CMS to test new model for integrated senior care

LeadingAge asks CMS to test new model for integrated senior care

Non-profit association pitches "visionary" community-based approach

CMS waives some requirements for wildfire-impacted SNFs

Agency offers blanket waiver in Southern California

LTC advocates, providers decry death of net neutrality

Last week's vote could threaten provider and senior access to critical telemedicine tools

Also in the news for Monday, Dec. 18

Interoperability questions delay contract for VA electronic health record ... Missing CO nursing home resident found dead after six-month search ... Prescribed exercise program delivers strength to nursing home

Kansas suing nursing home that failed to protect privacy after closing

State of Kansas officials are suing a nursing home that's been closed for almost a year, alleging the owner did not remove personal information of former residents or employees from the subsequently pillaged premises.

Senator calls for closure of veterans home, site of 13 Legionnaire's deaths

Senator calls for closure of veterans home, site of 13 Legionnaire's deaths

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) is calling for the closure of an Illinois Veterans Home, where 13 residents have died of Legionnaire's disease since 2015.

Skilled nursing occupancy hits 5-year low

Occupancy at the nation's skilled nursing facilities dropped to a five-year low of 81.6% during the third quarter of 2017, according to a new report.

Also in the news for Friday, Dec. 15

LeadingAge releases report that calls for universal LTSS insurance system ... NAB creates LTC registry for professionals seeking CE, will become mandatory in April ... Experimental radiation treatment offers promise for patients with erratic heartbeats uncontrolled by medication... Seniors over 80 with super-sharp memories get brain boost from close friendships

Nursing homes inflating self-assessments to improve Five-Star ratings, study claims

Investigators from the University of Connecticut report that at least 6% of nursing homes inflate their self-reported measures — "most often the larger and for-profit facilities that stand to gain most financially by improving their scores."

Tech execs guilty of conspiring to fill nursing home prescriptions with recycled drugs

A subsidiary of a pharmacy chain near Pittsburgh pleaded guilty Tuesday in a conspiracy scheme described by prosecutors as an attempt to recycle unused medications.

Congress told: pharmacy distribution reform severely needed

The president and CEO of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition warned the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Wednesday that pharmacy benefits managers are bad for business, for both consumers and the federal government.

Also in the news for Thursday, Dec. 14

Study suggests doctors use more than outcome scores to decide where stroke patients go next... Elderly patients who feel "pride" less likely to fall ... FDA launches site to help healthcare providers manage antibiotic use and superbugs

Beta testing for data elements of IMPACT Act underway; volunteers lacking

Beta testing for data elements of IMPACT Act underway; volunteers lacking

Officials acknowledged Tuesday that they had recruited only 172 providers, including 67 skilled nursing facilities — fewer than they had desired — for beta testing of data elements for the IMPACT Act.

Not so fast: Some Republicans reluctant to pursue Medicare cuts in 2018

Some Senate Republicans are skeptical about cutting spending on social programs — Medicare included — in the months leading up to the 2018 elections.

Jury awards $5.2 million to nurse fired after reporting abuse

An Illinois nurse who claimed she was fired from her nursing home job after reporting alleged abuse has been awarded $5.2 million by a Livingston County jury.

Also in the news for Wednesday, Dec. 13

Former Alabama SNF employees convicted in ant bite case after video evidence... Missouri facility loses Medicare funding after dialysis patient bleeds to death... Johns Hopkins docs outline ways to decrease unneeded antibiotics

Critics say pressure to lower hospital readmissions may be backfiring

Critics say pressure to lower hospital readmissions may be backfiring

Five years after financial penalties went into place for hospitals with high readmission rates, experts are questioning whether falling return rates mean patients actually are faring better.

Skilled nursing operators Ascension and St. Joseph exploring merger to become biggest hospital owner

Two major hospital operators with a significant stake in long-term care could combine to create the largest U.S. hospital owner.

Nursing home to pay $250,000 in resident's wheelchair death

A Pennsylvania jury has found a nursing home at fault for the death of an 85-year-old resident who fell from a wheelchair and broke his neck. The jury decided the provider should pay the deceased's family $250,000.

Also in the News for Tuesday, Dec. 12

Owner of home health agency gets record 80-year sentence for $13 million Medicare fraud ... New model draws line between early dementia and normal aging ... PA to launch Medicaid changes aimed at cutting skilled nursing population and boosting savings