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Policy miscommunication jeopardizes veterans nursing homes

Federal policy changes on construction and design of veterans nursing homes weren't communicated effectively, leaving the fate of some new facilities in limbo, according to state executives.

Companies can't stop employees from joining together in legal actions, court rules

Companies can't require their employees to sign an arbitration clause that prevents them from banding together in legal actions, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

Catheterization reduction program decreases mortality, research shows

A Canadian geriatrics unit reduced catheter use and subsequently found its mortality rates decreasing, a new study shows.

Also in the News for Tuesday, May 31

Obese residents more likely to be admitted to poor quality SNFs ... State Medicaid programs cracking down on opioid use ... Older women at 50% greater risk of falls than men

Feds join False Claims Act suit against hospital chain

Feds join False Claims Act suit against hospital chain

The U.S. Justice Department joined a False Claims Act lawsuit on Thursday that alleges a California-based hospital chain submitted more than $50 million in false Medicare claims and improperly admitted beneficiaries

Report: Chronic diseases to drive growth in skilled nursing market

An increasing number of people with chronic diseases is expected to create a major boost to the global skilled nursing care market, according to a recent report.

Nursing home CNA arrested on certificate forgery charges

A certified nursing assistant was arrested this week for allegedly forging a certification that would allow her to work in New Jersey long-term care facilities.

Also in the News for Friday, May 27

Whistleblower case against Medtronic rolls on ... Massachusetts tops list of states with healthiest seniors, Mississippi ranks as worst ... Research advises against urine tests to measure dehydration in seniors

CMS wants 12% decrease in hospital readmissions by 2019

CMS wants 12% decrease in hospital readmissions by 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking to cut the number of 30-day hospital readmissions by 12% over the next three years under a hospital improvement plan announced Wednesday.

OIG: Most states not screening Medicaid providers properly

A majority of states have failed to implement risk-based screenings for Medicaid providers, according to a recent report by the Office of Inspector General.

AHCA hits goal for 30% antipsychotic reduction

The American Health Care Association has met its goal of reducing antipsychotic use in its member facilities by 30% — and it's done it more than six months ahead of schedule, the group announced Wednesday.

Also in the News for Thursday, May 26

AG investigating alleged mistreatment at veterans nursing home ... SNF resident wins $2.3 million in fall lawsuit ... Body's response to infections may contribute to Alzheimer's

Lawmakers, federal reports target 'high-error' Medicare program

Lawmakers, federal reports target 'high-error' Medicare program

Medicare's high rate of improper payments and problems weeding out ineligible providers came under fire Tuesday via federal reports and a House committee.

AHCA leader: Providers warned of potential lame-duck session

In an atypical twist on the normal, the annual American Health Care Association's congressional briefing on Tuesday did not feature an array of dire, sky-is-falling speakers. But it was punctuated with concern for an upcoming lame-duck session of Congress after the November election.

Court: SNF won't have to bargain after threat-filled union election

A skilled nursing facility won the right to refuse bargaining with its union after a court ruled employees made credible threats of violence during the 2013 union election.

Also in the News for Wednesday, May 25

Drunk man arrested for brandishing gun in CT nursing home ... CMS data may open nursing homes up to whistleblower suits ... Exec turnover in nonprofit organizations leaves "significant challenges" in its wake

CMS nursing home 'action plan' targets enforcement, consumer awareness

CMS nursing home 'action plan' targets enforcement, consumer awareness

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services FY 2016 to 2017 Nursing Home Action Plan laid out five strategies that will "guide" the CMS' Division of Nursing Homes in improving safety and quality throughout the nursing home industry. The plan was released Friday.

AHCA refutes recommendations that most stroke patients should skip nursing homes

Long-term care's largest provider group is firing back over a "frustrating" recommendation that the majority of stroke patients should be treated in an inpatient rehabilitation facility rather than a nursing home.

Lawsuit claims HCP, ManorCare misled investors

HCP ignored billing fraud and misled investors about the performance of ManorCare, its skilled nursing portfolio, according to a class action lawsuit filed against the real estate giant earlier this month.

Also in the News for Tuesday, May 24

End-of-life discussions growing in wake of Medicare coverage ... Flu vaccine may lower dementia risk, hospitalizations in people with heart failure ... Arkansas governor signs Medicaid savings plan for nursing homes