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GAO will investigate Five-Star rating system

GAO will investigate Five-Star rating system

In a move sure to surprise many providers, the Government Accountability Office will investigate the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Five-Star Quality Rating System, according to a published report.

CMS extends nursing home improvement initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will extend its initiative to improve care in nursing facilities, the agency announced Thursday.

Bill would expand restrictions on campaigning in nursing homes

Wisconsin legislators have introduced a bill that would ban political candidates and their staff from campaigning at nursing homes on the day voting deputies visit to help residents complete their absentee ballots.

Also in the News for Friday, August 28

Head of ACO organization disappointed with 2014 results... Prisons should be more like nursing homes... Growth hormone reduces risk of fractures in women with osteoporosis

Post-acute push boosts ACO savings

Post-acute push boosts ACO savings

Medicare accountable care organizations saved the federal government more than $411 million in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Nursing home's safety documents not protected, court rules

A North Carolina nursing home operator can't claim privilege in protecting documents created by its safety committee from discovery, a federal trial court has ruled.

Seniors have higher risk for hospital admission after outpatient surgery

Seniors are more likely to be admitted to a hospital after outpatient surgery due to misunderstanding discharge and medication instructions, a new study shows.

Also in the News for Thursday, August 27

CBO forecasts increased Medicare, Medicaid spending... Nurse admits to covering up abuse, neglect at SNF... One third of "very elderly" Americans on statins "without evidence"

Racial gap in hospice use, advanced care planning expected to grow

Only a third of eligible black Medicare beneficiaries enroll in hospice compared to half of white beneficiaries, a racial gap that is expected to grow, according to a new report from Kaiser Health News.

Structure, strategy key to implementing IMPACT Act standards

Long-term care providers work with four "building blocks" of standards under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, experts said during a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast.

Medicaid costs for antipsychotics to decrease as patents expire

Expiring patents for blockbuster antipsychotic medications is expected to increase use of the drugs' generic versions and save Medicaid billions of dollars annually, a new study shows.

Also in the News for Wednesday, August 26

Florida approves request for 1,000 new nursing home beds ... Dementia drugs tied to increased mortality risk... Access to nature improves sleep quality for seniors

State puts new limits on memory care advertisements

State puts new limits on memory care advertisements

Nursing homes will no longer be able to advertise that they provide "memory care" or similar services unless they meet state dementia care standards, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said in a letter to providers last week.

Proposed PACE quality measures are lacking, organization says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed quality measures for organizations participating in the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly need revising, according to the organization which created the program.

Illinois becomes sixth state to allow cameras in nursing home rooms

Legislation allowing families to install cameras in nursing home rooms was signed into law by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) last week.

Also in the News for Tuesday, August 25

Flu vaccinations mean fewer resident deaths, study finds... Study pinpoints nine factors that increase dementia risk... LTC company blames bounced checks on payroll changes

McKnight's Senior Living website and Daily Briefing e-newsletter debut

McKnight's Senior Living website and Daily Briefing e-newsletter debut

McKnight's is now offering senior living professionals their own new source of daily news, analysis and information. McKnight's Senior Living (URL: www.McKnightsSeniorLiving.com) features news, analysis and information on a unique website.

PharMerica, Kindred settle in Amgen kickback lawsuit

PharMerica Corp. and Kindred Healthcare have agreed in principle to out-of-court settlements in a whistleblower suit that implicated the companies in alleged massive kickback schemes involving a popular anemia treatment medicine.

LeadingAge rallies against proposed Medicare, Medicaid changes

A leading nursing home advocate is mustering support to combat massive changes the administration has proposed for Medicare and Medicaid participation.

Also in the news for Monday, August 24 ...

Report tackles Medicaid pay for adult day services ... Heart failure symptoms still often lingering after hospital stays ... Dementia numbers, risks stabilizing in Western Europe, experts believe