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State News for July 2015

State News for July 2015

Long-term care providers are hailing a new state law that requires hospitals to inform seniors about their hospital-admission status.

State News for June 2015

State News for June 2015

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) wants to reduce nursing home reimbursement rates by 3% and raise providers' bed tax ceiling by 0.5%. But she also hopes to sweeten the deal with an ambitious offer to earn lost funding back if providers make substantial efficiency and quality improvements.

State News for May 2015

ILLINOIS — The state's House of Representatives will soon debate a new bill that would allow nursing home residents and their families to place video or audio monitoring devices in facility rooms.

State News for March 2015

State News for March 2015

ARKANSAS — A former circuit court judge recently admitted that a campaign contribution induced him to lower a jury award in a negligent death lawsuit brought by a nursing home resident's family.

State News for February 2015

State News for February 2015

MASSACHUSETTS — Thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, the concept of palliative care has become more prominent in the national conversation about the end of life. Now these conversations are mandated for Bay State nursing homes, hospitals and other providers.

State News for January 2015

State News for January 2015

NEW JERSEY — Lawmakers here will soon debate the merits of a bill that would require the state to pay facilities up to half of the money owed for uncompensated care for residents whose Medicaid applications remain mired in limbo after three months.

State News for December 2014

State News for December 2014

FLORIDA - A nursing home building boom may be on the horizon following the end of a 12-year moratorium.

State news for November 2014

State news for November 2014

MISSISSIPPI — Postal inspectors allege nursing home employees here and in California may have unwittingly referred families and residents seeking help with Medicaid and veterans' benefits to an individual who allegedly filed troublesome paperwork and defrauded others of hundreds of thousands of dollars in what they described as a sophisticated Ponzi scheme.

State News for October 2014

State News for October 2014

ILLINOIS — Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed a new law making it easier for people to lodge complaints against nursing homes.

State News for September 2014

State News for September 2014

MAINE - The state's nursing homes will get their first Medicaid rate increase in six years after a breathtaking display of mid-summer political brinksmanship. But dark days still loom in a state beset with closures and an over-65 population ratio that's second only to Florida's.

State News for August 2014

State News for August 2014

KANSAS — The state no longer will publicly release survey results for nursing homes going through the informal dispute resolution process, the Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) recently announced. Long-term care associations and consumer advocacy groups have protested the new system, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported.

State News July 2014

State News July 2014

ILLINOIS — Democratic Gov. Patrick Quinn was expected to sign legislation designed to reverse decades of race-based disparities in the care provided in all types of long-term care settings.

State News May 2014

State News May 2014

WASHINGTON - A proposal for a sorely needed veteran's nursing home in Walla Walla remains mired in red tape and declining federal funding while elected officials continue pushing the Veterans Administration for answers.

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PENNSYLVANIA - The state's nursing home operators say they are approaching fiscal disaster as facilities look at razor-thin margins half the national average.

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HAWAII — One of the most expensive states in the country for long-term care is staring down the barrel of dwindling budgets and a rapidly growing elderly population. Officials are taking proactive measures to ensure adequate funding and better engage aging residents.

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MINNESOTA — Residents of rural long-term care facilities have been scrambling to find rides to medical appointments due to a change enacted by Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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NEW JERSEY - Untold amounts of money have been pilfered from nursing home residents' funds by those entrusted to protect them, and little government oversight exists to prevent it. This is one reason the state decided to intervene under a new law requiring the New Jersey Health Commissioner to routinely audit residents' accounts, officials said.

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NORTH CAROLINA — A citizen advocacy group called the N.C. Senior Tar Heel Legislature wants state lawmakers to address the number of certified nursing assistants in long-term care facilities.

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ARIZONA — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) has put forward a bill that would allow government funding for veteran nursing homes built on Native American tribal land.

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NEW JERSEY — A "bill of rights" for independent living residents of continuing care retirement communities hit the governor's desk after passing out of the Senate in August. Sens. Robert Singer (R-30) and Jennifer Beck (R-11) sponsored the measure.

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MASSACHUSETTS — An ongoing debate over nursing homes' use of antipsychotics flared in July during a meeting of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs.

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Ohio — State nursing home investigations have spiked, raising questions about how the attorney general's office is utilizing surveillance cameras.

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Connecticut — The National Labor Relations Board has sued HealthBridge Management for contempt of court, marking the latest development in a long-running dispute.

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A bill requiring nursing home workers to report elder abuse cleared both houses of the legislature and was sent to Gov. John Hickenlooper (D). SB 111 was developed by an elder abuse task force convened in 2012 and sponsored by Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster). Colorado is currently one of three states that do not have an elder abuse reporting requirement for senior care professionals.

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A four-person review panel would have to approve civil malpractice lawsuits against long-term care providers before the claims could go to court, under a bill that recently passed the state senate in Kentucky.

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Virginia — State Sen. Bill Stanley (R) has introduced a bill requiring that nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other certified nursing facilities obtain minimum levels of insurance. If SB70 becomes law, affected facilities would have to maintain liability coverage of at least $1 million, and have levels of professional liability insurance defined by the state's medical malpractice caps.

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The Florida Health Care Association (FHA) criticized a report that one in five Florida nursing homes appears on the state's watch list for failing to meet minimum care standards or correct violations within a specified time frame.

Medicaid HMOs may need state OK to cut rates

Medicaid HMOs may need state OK to cut rates

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A pending bill would prohibit unauthorized provider reimbursement rate decreases by other managed care organizations, as well as Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare.

New York, New Jersey facilities struggle to recover after Hurricane Sandy and winter snowstorm

New York, New Jersey facilities struggle to recover after Hurricane Sandy and winter snowstorm

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It could be months before New York and New Jersey long-term care facilities and their residents fully recover from the double whammy of Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent nor'easter winter storm in early November.

Amendment passed to defer deep Medicaid cut

Amendment passed to defer deep Medicaid cut

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ALABAMA - Voters in mid-September overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment to use more than $400 million from a rarely tapped source to shore up the Medicaid program and avoid a 12% cut.

Payments, not punitive measures, at heart of plan

Payments, not punitive measures, at heart of plan

OHIO - A plan to incentivize providers for better care with financial rewards instead of penalties is gaining traction among the state's 970 nursing homes. Advocates say the pay-for-performance model could eventually improve quality, while opponents claim some incentives are either too weak or unattainable.

Gov. supports striking nursing home workers

Gov. supports striking nursing home workers

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) joined 700 striking nursing home workers after a National Labor Relations Board ruling found their employer violated labor laws.

Gov. supports striking nursing home workers

Gov. supports striking nursing home workers

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy (D) joined 700 striking nursing home workers after a National Labor Relations Board ruling found their employer violated labor laws.

State news: Dementia care, training  the focus of reform efforts

State news: Dementia care, training the focus of reform efforts

Gov. Deval Patrick (D) has signed off on sweeping reforms designed to improve dementia care in nursing homes. The law includes a requirement for minimum care standards for dementia care units, and mandates dementia-specific training for all direct-care workers, activities directors and supervisors.

State News: Federal officials like preventative medicine approach as a cure for state's ailing Medicaid program

State News: Federal officials like preventative medicine approach as a cure for state's ailing Medicaid program

Lawmakers are hoping an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure for the state's ailing Medicaid program. Additionally, its plan to push seniors' wellness programs is being eyed as a potential reform model following the Obama administration's $1.9 billion pledge to help it succeed.

State News: Ombudsman conflict over LTC executives

State News: Ombudsman conflict over LTC executives

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Consumer advocates in Kansas are concerned about a series of decisions by Gov. Sam Brownback (R) to appoint nursing home industry veterans to high-level Department of Aging positions.

Elder abuse bill pushed

Elder abuse bill pushed

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Lawmakers in Colorado are trying to change the fact that their state is one of only four that do not have mandatory reporting laws governing elder abuse. State Sen. Evie Hudak (D) introduced legislation that would form a task force to study mandatory reporting. It would offer recommendations by Dec. 1, the Denver Post reported.

Vote on enhanced nurse education requirements

Vote on enhanced nurse education requirements

Illinois lawmakers delayed a vote on a bill requiring that at least 20% of all nursing and personal care in a nursing home be provided by a registered nurse.

Right-to-work law is seen as effort to offset unions

Right-to-work law is seen as effort to offset unions

Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) signed anti-union legislation early in February that will turn Indiana into a right-to-work state. Right-to-work legislation bans unions from requiring members to pay union dues, a move that pro-labor critics of the legislation characterize as "union-busting."

Governor earmarks funds for SNFs in budget

Governor earmarks funds for SNFs in budget

Due partly to the average 11.1% reduction in Medicare payments to nursing homes that took effect in October, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) is asking state legislators to approve her state budget, which earmarks $8 million for skilled nursing facilities.

Study shows pay cuts expected to cost jobs

Study shows pay cuts expected to cost jobs

OHIO — The state's skilled nursing facilities have shed or plan to shed 2,800 jobs in the wake of recent Medicare and Medicaid cuts, new survey results show.

Whopping Medicaid cuts to hit nursing facilities hard

Whopping Medicaid cuts to hit nursing facilities hard

California has managed to gain Obama administration approval to cut the state's Medicaid program funding by $1.4 billion. Providers soon will feel the sting of 10% reimbursement cuts.

Facilities angered by retroactive cuts

Facilities angered by retroactive cuts

NEW YORK - That the state health department cut nursing home Medicaid funding this year was enough of a sting, but having to recoup payouts from years before was the proverbial straw for nearly 36 facilities, which are now suing the state Health Department.

Ombudsman's treatment was illegal, inquiry finds

Ombudsman's treatment was illegal, inquiry finds

FLORIDA - Federal HHS investigators accused the state's Department of Elder Affairs of violating the Older Americans Act, capping a five-month investigation over a series of actions it claims unlawfully neutralized the powers of a nursing home watchdog program.

Nursing home residents risk losing bed holds

Nursing home residents risk losing bed holds

Ongoing Medicaid program cuts have now led to a game of musical chairs in the state's nursing homes, which no longer can hold the room of a resident who is temporarily hospitalized or leaves to visit friends or family.

State News: Ohio: Medicaid funding plan favors home care

State News: Ohio: Medicaid funding plan favors home care

OHIO — Instead of cutting its way out of an $8 billion budget shortfall, the state will instead shift more funding dollars away from nursing homes toward less costly home-based long-term care in a move that is being billed as one of the most profound Medicaid program overhauls in history.

State news: Joplin nursing homes mourn losses, sort through fallout weeks later

State news: Joplin nursing homes mourn losses, sort through fallout weeks later

Six skilled nursing facilities are still sorting through the debris and fallout of lives and jobs uprooted from a tornado that nearly leveled the entire city of Joplin, MO, in late April.

CA: New website promotes psychoactive meds education

CA: New website promotes psychoactive meds education

You've seen Jack Nicholson's portrayal of R.P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," pretending to swallow pills given to him by Nurse Ratched in a small paper cup.

State news: Governor might soften proposed Medicaid cuts

State news: Governor might soften proposed Medicaid cuts

MINNESOTA--Just days after approving expansion of the state's Medicaid rolls by 95,000 people in mid-February, Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled a fiscal budget that would cut Medicaid payments for long-term care by $87 million.

Brewer wants out of Medicaid spending requirement

Brewer wants out of Medicaid spending requirement

Gov. Jan Brewer (R) asked Arizona's congressional delegation, as well as U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), to introduce legislation that would remove the spending requirement for state Medicaid programs. A letter from Brewer said increased Medicaid spending is one of the biggest culprits in the state's budget crisis, The Arizona Republic reported.

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