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Top Medicaid fraud convicts are nursing and home health aides, OIG says

Top Medicaid fraud convicts are nursing and home health aides, OIG says

Nearly one-third of Medicaid fraud criminal convictions the federal government obtained last year involved home health aides, a government report finds. Thirty percent of the 2014 cases involved home health aides, while certified nursing aides were culprits in 9% of convictions.

Better provider policies needed in wake of historic Alzheimer's sex case, experts say

A 78-year-old retired lawmaker on Wednesday was found not guilty of sexual abuse of his Alzheimer's-afflicted wife. The Iowa case attracted nationwide attention and has been watched closely by many long-term care professionals.

Online forum will explain new home health rating system

A special one-hour, web-based open door forum will be held May 7 to explain to providers the new set of star ratings for the Home Health Compare website, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.

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Convicted nursing home killer says evidence destroyed .... Rhode Island zeroing in on Medicaid reimbursements ... AHCA lends support for Veterans Access bill ... Assisted living caregiver charged with raping resident

Omnicare said to be exploring sale

Omnicare said to be exploring sale

The nation's largest pharmacy services provider for nursing homes is believed to be looking for a buyer.

Company News

Kindred deal lands Gentiva

Kindred Healthcare has completed its purchase of Gentiva Health Services in a deal valued at $1.8 billion, including assumed debt.

Brookdale encounters a new problem: separation anxiety

Brookdale encounters a new problem: separation anxiety

Embattled Brookdale Senior Living is being asked by a major shareholder to spin off its real estate holdings and revamp its governance board.

BusinessBriefs for February 2015

» Senior Housing Properties Trust will buy 38 senior-living communities for $790 million from CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc., including assumption of debt. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. The communities encompass 3,466 total living units. This includes 826 independent living units, 1,860 assisted living units, 744 memory care units and 36 skilled nursing beds.

State News

State News for March 2015

State News for March 2015

ARKANSAS — A former circuit court judge recently admitted that a campaign contribution induced him to lower a jury award in a negligent death lawsuit brought by a nursing home resident's family.

State News for February 2015

State News for February 2015

MASSACHUSETTS — Thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, the concept of palliative care has become more prominent in the national conversation about the end of life. Now these conversations are mandated for Bay State nursing homes, hospitals and other providers.

State News for January 2015

State News for January 2015

NEW JERSEY — Lawmakers here will soon debate the merits of a bill that would require the state to pay facilities up to half of the money owed for uncompensated care for residents whose Medicaid applications remain mired in limbo after three months.