$1.96 billion nursing homes cut will force hard look at regulation, payment, experts say
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Feb. 16, 2018
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$1.96 billion nursing homes cut will force hard look at regulation, payment, experts say
February 12, 2018
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The federal budget deal struck last week will squeeze nursing homes tighter than ever, advocates said as they began strategizing about how to stem the damage.
Skilled nursing providers would lose out under Trump's revised payment system
February 14, 2018
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A plan to lump together payments to all post-acute providers would be a budget cut dressed up as reform, providers said after reviewing the Department of Health and Human Services budget proposal.
Nursing home fined for not reporting fall that led to death of a facility founder, expects restitution from staffing company
February 09, 2018
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A Massachusetts nursing home where a resident fell and was shuffled back to bed without an official report was issued a $140,000 fine following the man's death. The facility says it expects to be reimbursed by a staffing company that sent a nurse who apparently didn't follow protocols.
Hospice accused of treating ineligible patients agrees to $1.2M False Claims settlement
February 12, 2018
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A for-profit hospice company and its owner agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations that the company fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid for hospice services.
CDC monitoring new superbug with certain hot spots
February 13, 2018
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A fungal superbug only recently reported in the U.S. has gotten a foothold, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients in frail health, especially those in hospitals and long-term care facilities, are especially vulnerable.
Fast Forward
CDC webinar addresses best practices with injections
February 15, 2018
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will address safe injection practices for nurses at a free webinar on Thursday, Feb. 22. The hourlong event will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern.
The Brighter Side
Refusing to grow up at Signature Healthcare
February 14, 2018
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More than a dozen Signature Healthcare employees spent two days playing in Louisville last month, looking for new ways to turn some of their rural nursing homes into community centers for the arts.