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Supreme Court to decide whether Omnicare made illegal false statements to investors about nursing home kickbacks

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case alleging that the nation's largest long-term care pharmacy, Omnicare, broke the law by keeping potential investors in the dark about kickbacks to nursing homes, the high court announced Monday.

Supreme Court will rule on NLRB situation that has left healthcare workers and employers in doubt

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The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear a case on disputed National Labor Relations Board appointments that President Barack Obama made in 2012, which have created uncertainty about the legitimacy of subsequent NLRB actions. Nursing homes and other healthcare providers are among the many businesses that have been affected by NLRB decisions during this time period.

Supreme Court will not weigh in on providers' arbitration agreement concerns

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The U.S. Supreme Court will not overturn two state court rulings allowing descendants of nursing home residents to bring wrongful death lawsuits against providers. Both cases involve arbitration agreements.

Nursing home operator petitions Supreme Court to rule on arbitration in wrongful death cases

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The U.S. Supreme Court may again weigh in on arbitration agreements in nursing homes. Nursing home company SSC Odin Operating Co. recently filed a writ of certiorari asking the nation's highest court to resolve a question on the matter.

A toxic nursing home strike that gets weirder by the day

A toxic nursing home strike that gets weirder by the day

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The late Hunter S. Thompson famously said that when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. By his logic, the management and workers involved in a strike across five HealthBridge Management facilities in Connecticut seem to be taking professionalism to a whole new level.

States make Medicaid enrollment easier in preparation for healthcare reform

States make Medicaid enrollment easier in preparation for healthcare reform

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Most states are making the Medicaid application process easier as they prepare for implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a recently released study from the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.

Court says employer not burdened by contraception mandate

Court says employer not burdened by contraception mandate

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A federal trial court has declined to grant an injunction in a case over the Affordable Care Act's "contraceptive mandate," finding against companies that said the requirement goes against their religious beliefs.

Supervisor decision might torment many nursing home operators

Supervisor decision might torment many nursing home operators

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The Supreme Court last week heard oral arguments on the unpleasant subject of workplace harassment. At issue is whether an employer is responsible when the bully is not strictly a boss. The court's ruling will be closely watched by nursing homes, where the line between bosses and subordinates often can be blurry. A decision that creates new liabilities could unleash a menagerie of workplace flowchart headaches.

One way or another, Medicaid spending set to rise by billions, report says

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Despite state-by-state variation, Medicaid spending is expecting to increase by billions of dollars through 2022, according to a study from the Kaiser Commission of Medicaid and the Uninsured.

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, even if nobody seems to know what that means

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay, even if nobody seems to know what that means

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As late as Friday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) indicated he still would like to upend Obamacare. But he really needs to find a less frustrating way to spend his working hours.

A Medicaid conundrum

A Medicaid conundrum

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on health care reform brings to mind Apollo 13 astronaut John Swigert's understated line: "Houston, we have a problem."

Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion still vulnerable to court challenges, experts say

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Legal experts say the Affordable Care Act's maintenance-of-effort (MOE) requirement — which prohibits states from tightening Medicaid eligibility — remains vulnerable to legal challenges.

CMS official outlines 'truly voluntary' Medicaid expansion policy

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Regulators are likely to give states flexibility when it comes to the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official suggested Monday.

What the healthcare reform numbers now tell us

What the healthcare reform numbers now tell us

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It's really true: There are lies, damn lies and ... Congressional Budget Office estimates.

What the healthcare reform numbers now tell us

What the healthcare reform numbers now tell us

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It's really true: There are lies, damn lies and ... Congressional Budget Office estimates.

Conference call will bring Supreme Court's ruling on healthcare reform into better focus for long-term care

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Long-term care stakeholders will learn during a special webcast Tuesday why they should care about the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the healthcare reform law. Starting at 2 p.m. (Eastern Time), attendees will learn what will happen to provider payment cuts and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services programs, as well as the case-mix index and the Dual Coordination Office. Alan K. Parver, Esq., Shareholder at Polsinelli Shughart will delve into the ramifications for the long-term care sector. Cynthia Morton, the executive vice president for event sponsor the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care, will moderate.

CBO won't have an estimate on Affordable Care Act's deficit impact prior to House repeal vote

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The Congressional Budget Office is still assessing the impact of the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act decision on the federal deficit and won't have an estimate until the end of July. That figure, when it's calculated, could either help or hurt Congressional Republicans' efforts to repeal the law.

For Medicaid, it's déjà vu all over again

For Medicaid, it's déjà vu all over again

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The Supreme Court has served up yet another tortured, enigmatic decision. Now comes the fun part: figuring out what they really intended — and what those intentions will likely mean for long-term care operators.

The Adorable Care Act

The Adorable Care Act

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What a stress-filled week for Our Nation's President. The Supreme Court finally ruled on his signature accomplishment—the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — and pandemonium instantly ensued.

Up to 15 Republican governors say they will not participate in health law's Medicaid expansion

Up to 15 Republican governors say they will not participate in health law's Medicaid expansion

The governors of 15 Republican-leaning states have signaled that they will not participate in the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion, a new analysis finds.

Supreme Court gives a reprieve to states, providers

Supreme Court gives a reprieve to states, providers

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In rejecting a take-it-or-leave it Medicaid expansion provision, the Supreme Court gave states more control over their destinies. And it would appear that long-term care operators may similarly benefit.

Long-term care operators must engage states to ensure Medicaid reimbursement following ACA ruling, provider group says

Long-term care operators must engage states to ensure Medicaid reimbursement following ACA ruling, provider group says

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While the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, it struck a provision that said states would lose their Medicaid funding if they don't comply with the planned expansion.The ruling means progressive action on maximizing Medicaid reimbursement is still needed, a top long-term care advocate told McKnight's.

Supreme Court rejects Medicaid expansion provisions in health law

Supreme Court rejects Medicaid expansion provisions in health law

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In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court rejected Medicaid expansion provisions in the new healthcare law. However, the court ruled that an individual mandate to purchase health insurance is constitutional. The vote was 5-4 in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

Former CMS boss says reforms underway, regardless of how Supreme Court rules

Former CMS boss says reforms underway, regardless of how Supreme Court rules

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Even if the Supreme Court repeals the Affordable Care Act, its early reforms have already delivered promising benefits, according to former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D.

Affordable Care Act laws targeting elderly could harmful consequences, study suggests

Affordable Care Act laws targeting elderly could harmful consequences, study suggests

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Three Affordable Care Act initiatives often touted as coordinating care and improving outcomes for elderly adults could actually make their circumstances worse, a new study suggests.

Supreme setback for union tactic designed to raise campaign funds

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Unions must allow nonmembers to object to unexpected fee increases or special assessments all workers are required to pay in closed-shops, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Big Medicaid cuts a possibility if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, experts suggest

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If the Supreme Court invalidates the Affordable Care Act, long-term care facilities could be among the biggest casualties, a report published in advance of the decision states.

The odds of healthcare reform surviving are ...

The odds of healthcare reform surviving are ...

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I wonder what the bookies in London are thinking about the odds of the U.S. healthcare reform law surviving. Surely they have taken bets on its possible demise, just as they do seemingly everything else with a questionable outcome.

Maybe we can't handle the truth

Maybe we can't handle the truth

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The Supreme Court has decided that corporations and unions are really no different from regular folk when it comes to sponsoring elections. As a result, we're about to see a spending spree that would shame King Louis XVI.

Modest healthcare spending growth predicted between now and 2014, report projects

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Consumer healthcare spending is expected to grow at a relatively modest rate between now and 2014, due largely to the struggling economy, a federal report predicts.

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