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Federal authorities are investigating Emeritus' Medicaid billings, ProPublica reports

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Federal investigators have been looking into Medicaid billing practices at senior living giant Emeritus Corp. for more than a year. Investigative journalism outlet ProPublica first reported the story Thursday, and an Emeritus spokeswoman confirmed to McKnight's that the probe is occurring.

How to handle sexual assault allegations in long-term care

How to handle sexual assault allegations in long-term care

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In the most comfortable of circumstances, it can be difficult to discuss sexual assault. Mention it as an issue in long-term care, and even seasoned administrators wince.

Emeritus settles $2.2 million lawsuit

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Emeritus Senior Living has agreed to settle a $2.2 million lawsuit in which workers claimed they were routinely underpaid at the assisted living company's California facilities, according to a ProPublica report.

Emeritus will respond vigorously to 'sensationalized' Frontline documentary, company leaders say

Emeritus will respond vigorously to 'sensationalized' Frontline documentary, company leaders say

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Emeritus Senior Living is focused on increasing communications to address concerns raised by a critical Frontline documentary that aired last week, according to Granger Cobb, the company's CEO, president and director. "We were disappointed by the report, which focused on very tragic, but rare and isolated incidents, that occurred several years ago at our communities," Cobb said during an earnings call last Thursday.

Frontline presents skewed picture of assisted living, ALFA leader says

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Incidents of resident harm are "rare and isolated" in assisted living communities, and providers work closely with regulators and support transparency, the leader of the Assisted Living Federation of America said in response to a critical Frontline report.

Frontline, ProPublica slam assisted living sector in documentary airing tonight

Frontline, ProPublica slam assisted living sector in documentary airing tonight

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Loose regulations are endangering the growing number of assisted living residents in the United States, according to a new Frontline documentary that focuses on Emeritus Senior Living facilities. The program airs Tuesday at 10 P.M. EST, and is accompanied by a series of reports published this week on ProPublica.

Long-term care physicians respond to report on antipsychotic over-prescribing

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The top professional association of long-term care physicians and medical directors has reiterated its commitment to reducing the use of antipsychotics for dementia care. It did so Tuesday, in response to a recent report that criticized prescribing practices.

Providers respond to report of inadequate government oversight of antipsychotics prescriptions

Providers respond to report of inadequate government oversight of antipsychotics prescriptions

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Long-term care organizations have responded to a report that physicians are prescribing antipsychotic medications for seniors without proper oversight from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This is hampering efforts to reduce off-label antipsychotic use for dementia care in nursing homes, according to ProPublica, which compiled the report based on a review of Medicare Part D claims.

Good news, for lawyers

Good news, for lawyers

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We journalists tend to get all warm and tingly when previously guarded information is finally made public. It must be in our DNA.

The truth can set you free — or put your long-term care facility out of business

The truth can set you free — or put your long-term care facility out of business

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Journalists generally get all warm and tingly when previously guarded information becomes available. It must be in our DNA. So I should probably be cheering ProPublica's announcement that the government is now releasing unredacted write-ups of problems found during nursing home inspections.

Healthcare's dirty secret

Healthcare's dirty secret

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If there's one topic where I feel that healthcare publications tend to repeat themselves, it's around infection control.

Who is ready for 2016?

Who is ready for 2016?

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I imagine, no matter their political affiliation, there's one thing that vendors in long-term care and politician operatives can agree on: This fall has felt like a marathon. Only the well energized survive, as they either jumped to swing states, set up conference booth after conference booth, or, in the case of the American Health Care Association conference in Florida and LeadingAge Convention in Colorado, did both.

Nursing Home Inspect adds 16,000 deficiency reports to database

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The developers of the online Nursing Home Inspect updated its database this week to allow consumers to comb through 134,602 nursing home inspection deficiencies.

New app lets users search nursing home deficiencies by keyword

New app lets users search nursing home deficiencies by keyword

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A consumer-targeted Internet tool unveiled Tuesday allows users to search the federal nursing home inspection reports and deficiencies by keyword, city and facility name.

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