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CMS urges more provider diligence on PBJ data; notes Nursing Home Compare update

CMS urges more provider diligence on PBJ data; notes Nursing Home Compare update

Skilled nursing providers should submit their next round of payroll based journaling data well ahead of the May 15 deadline in order to catch errors, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said Thursday.

Court dismisses AG's suit against Golden LivingCenters

A Pennsylvania court has dismissed a lawsuit filed against 25 Golden LivingCenters by the former state attorney general.

Innovative partnerships can end 'silo' approach, Kramer predicts

Innovative partnerships can end 'silo' approach, Kramer predicts

New partnerships connecting operators with other supportive services may finally end the silo-based approach that has dominated eldercare services in recent decades.

Also in the News for Friday, March 24

Vote on GOP healthcare bill delayed ... Facility's procedures in question after sex offender admitted, inappropriately touches multiple residents ... Study finds few differences in hospice care provided in SNFs, patients' homes ... Former SNF employee charged with stealing cash from 13 residents

Bundled payments saved $120 million for Medicare, 'here to stay' despite delays

Bundled payments saved $120 million for Medicare, 'here to stay' despite delays

Recent news of the delay of a bundled payment final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may be "misleading" regarding the viability of the program, according to data released on Wednesday.

Claims about SNF funding, Medicaid among 'glaring errors' found in lawmakers' letters on ACA, replacement plan

Some lawmakers have included errors and inaccuracies about the Affordable Care Act and its potential replacement in correspondences with their constituents, according to a new report from ProPublica.

Study: Facial injuries in SNFs 'underappreciated,' contribute significantly to healthcare costs

Facial injuries suffered by nursing home residents may be flying under the radar and adding a "substantial amount of costs" to the U.S. healthcare system, a recent study shows.

Also in the News for Thursday, March 23

Bill to let providers refuse end-of-life directions hits AZ governor's desk ... Second man involved in CNA's sexual assault scheme gets 10 year sentence ... AHRQ releases toolkit to help cut UTI rates in long-term care facilities

Provider sues state officials for 'regulatory assault' against its facilities

Provider sues state officials for 'regulatory assault' against its facilities

A Maryland skilled nursing operator has filed a complaint against state health officials, claiming they "abused and misused the State survey process" to target its facilities in an effort to shut them down.

Admission and visitation policies among top potential legal pitfalls in new rule, expert says

Long-term care providers should pay special attention to their admission, visitation and grievance policies under the new requirements of participation rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a legal expert said Tuesday.

George Clooney surprises nursing home resident (and staff) on her birthday

George Clooney surprises nursing home resident (and staff) on her birthday

A nursing home in England got a surprise on Sunday when actor George Clooney dropped by unannounced to help celebrate a resident's 87th birthday.

Also in the News for Wednesday, March 22

GOP healthcare bill updates gives states choice between block grants, per capita funding for Medicaid ... SNF to pay $875,000 to family of resident who choked to death ... Senator seeks details into new CMS administrator's ethics compliance

CMS postpones expansion, implementation of bundled payment programs

CMS postpones expansion, implementation of bundled payment programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is pushing back the implementation date for its recent rule creating a bundled payment program for cardiac care, as well as changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program. Further delays also are being considered.

Providers prepare for potential tension on Congressional visits

A tense political environment in Washington, D.C., means long-term care providers headed to Capitol Hill need to be passionate but polite, executives said Monday.

GOP healthcare bill needs changes to better support seniors, Ryan concedes

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is planning to propose changes to the GOP's Affordable Care Act replacement policy that would help alleviate healthcare costs for seniors.

Also in the News for Tuesday, March 21

Jury finds SNF negligent in resident's death, awards family $450,000 ... Nursing Home Compare is flawed, Ohio providers say ... Eliminating LGBT seniors from national survey could jeopardize access to services, group fears

GOP health plan moves forward, moving seniors closer to higher insurance rates, lower access to healthcare, analysts say

GOP health plan moves forward, moving seniors closer to higher insurance rates, lower access to healthcare, analysts say

Seniors just shy of Medicare eligibility age could find their ability to pay for future long-term care services stymied due to projected rises in health insurance costs that would come under the House GOP's healthcare plan, analysts say.

Judge gives provider reprieve on $347 million penalty

A Florida-based provider has breathing room to appeal a $347 million judgment after a federal judge said the payment could force 183 facilities to collapse.

Skilled workers are at higher risk for mistakes when interrupted, study finds

Highly trained workers generally work faster, but they are more likely to make mistakes after they are interrupted, a new study finds.

Also in the News for Monday, March 20

Meals on Wheels pushes back against budget cuts, noting 2.4 million seniors served annually... Medication reconciliation may reduce rehospitalization, study indicates ...Medical director arrangement lands hospital in court