SNFs to pay $6.9 million to settle kickback, fraud claims
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Nov. 22, 2017
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SNFs to pay $6.9 million to settle kickback, fraud claims
November 17, 2017
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Four facilities owned by California's largest nursing home operator have agreed to pay $6.9 million to settle kickback-for-referral allegations, authorities announced Thursday.
New tool to track quality measures in development, CMS says
November 20, 2017
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the development of a new tool Monday to provide "improved visibility" into the quality measures the agency creates.
'Extenders' package would repeal therapy caps, but SNF payment changes may be included
November 16, 2017
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Skilled nursing providers found both good news and bad news Thursday in a House bipartisan agreement statement on a Medicare extender package.
Retroactive Medicaid coverage in jeopardy, could hurt providers
November 20, 2017
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More states may soon be able to opt out of providing retroactive Medicaid coverage, a trend that could put more cost burden on providers, according to some observers.
LTC not always valuable at end of life to seniors with mental illness
November 17, 2017
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Seniors with serious mental illness don't often seek out skilled nursing care at the end of their lives, recently released survey results show.
Fast Forward
A holiday wish and an anxious eye toward lawmakers
November 22, 2017
The entire McKnight's family of employees would like to wish our readers a restful and healthy Thanksgiving weekend — for themselves and everyone in their care. It is a time to reflect on all for which one can be grateful. This is true even as providers keep a wary eye on the return of Congress.
The Brighter Side
Oh, the places they'll go: Provider gives residents the vacation of a lifetime
November 21, 2017
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For many residents living in Signature HealthCARE's Hometown facilities, vacations weren't a regular part of pre-long-term care life. There were farms and families to be taken care of, after all. But one resident's request in 2011 changed all of that.