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Also in the News for Tuesday, February 16

Hospice administrator pleads guilty in $9.5 million Medicaid fraud (subscription) ... Seniors' opinions often overlooked during ICU admissions ... Exercise reduces fall risk for men, not women, study finds

'Look back' time eased for final Medicare overpayment rule

'Look back' time eased for final Medicare overpayment rule

Providers are getting some relief from the final 60-day Medicare overpayment rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Thursday.

Massachusetts overhauling its nursing home oversight

Massachusetts officials unveiled a plan Wednesday for strengthening oversight of the state's nursing home industry, including surprise inspections and increased fines for problem facilities.

Dementia: First diversity study shows incidence highest in African-Americans, American Indians; rates falling overall

A first-of-its kind study of dementia risk among different populations in the United States has found African-Americans to have the highest incidence, while another shows U.S. dementia rates to be dropping as a whole.

Also in the News for Friday, February 12

Congress calls for MACPAC to "mirror MedPAC" ... Flu shot might help prevent irregular heart beat ... Lawmaker calls for Congress, not GAO, to appoint Medicaid panel members

Court orders review of Medicare appeals backlog

Court orders review of Medicare appeals backlog

The Department of Health and Human Services may be ordered by a court to step up efforts to curb its Medicare provider appeals backlog.

GAO: Changes to Medicaid formula could improve state funding

Changing the current formula used to allocate Medicaid funding to states would improve the way the government provides Medicaid funds during economic downturns, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Plea deal reached for SNF nurse charged with reckless homicide in resident death

A plea deal has been reached for a former nursing home nurse charged with reckless homicide in the 2013 death of a resident.

Also in the News for Thursday, February 11

Fired worker sues nursing home, claims age discrimination ... Lawmakers ask for review of Medicaid payments to deceased beneficiaries ... Nurse convicted in $9 million hospice fraud scheme

White House budget includes $4 billion pilot to 'streamline' LTC

White House budget includes $4 billion pilot to 'streamline' LTC

A pilot program to improve long-term care access and quality is among the healthcare proposals in President Barack Obama's $4.1 trillion budget plan for 2017.

Antipsychotic use in SNFs down 30%, AHCA says

American Health Care Association member facilities lowered their off-label use of antipsychotics nearly 30% over the past four years, the group announced Tuesday.

Bill requires all D.C. healthcare workers to have cultural competency training

A bill approved Tuesday by the Council of the District of Columbia would require all healthcare professionals to receive training on health issues facing the LGBT community.

Also in the News for Wednesday, February 10

Brookdale mulls stock repurchasing... OMB clears way for Medicare overpayment rule passage ... Senate committee passes health IT overhaul bill

Judge bars SNF physicians from making end-of-life decisions for residents

Judge bars SNF physicians from making end-of-life decisions for residents

A California judge has ordered nursing home physicians to stop making end-of-life decisions and administering psychiatric drugs to residents deemed mentally incompetent.

Injured nursing home workers more likely to lose jobs, study finds

Nursing home workers who are injured on the job are twice as likely to be fired within six months, according to new research.

Hospice patients in SNFs less likely to get staff visits in last 2 days of life

Medicare patients who received hospice care in a nursing home setting were less likely to be visited by professional staff in the last two days of life, according to a new study.

Also in the News for Tuesday, February 9

Center for Medicare Advocacy concerned over chronic care proposal ... Program to cut back on ambulance fraud hurting patients, families say ... Prescription drug payment "donut hole" to be closed by 2020

Genworth to separate, stabilize struggling LTC unit

Insurance provider Genworth Financial halted sales of its traditional life insurance and fixed annuity products in order to shift its focus to its struggling long-term care unit, the company announced Thursday.

Court upholds $84,000 fine for SNF that failed to report, investigate abuse

Fines imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid on a skilled nursing facility that failed to report alleged abuse and neglect was "reasonable," a federal court ruled last week.

SNF administrator pleads not guilty to charges of stealing $10,000

The former administrator of a Pennsylvania nursing home has pleaded not guilty to charges that he allegedly stole more than $10,000 from the facility.