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Omnicare off the hook in drug packaging case after Supreme Court passes

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Long-term care pharmacy Omnicare will not face False Claims Act penalties for drug packaging practices that apparently ran afoul of safety regulations. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up the case, meaning that an appeals court ruling in Omnicare's favor will stand.

Supreme Court to rule on whether providers can sue states over inadequate Medicaid rates

Supreme Court to rule on whether providers can sue states over inadequate Medicaid rates

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on whether private sector healthcare providers can sue states to increase Medicaid reimbursements, the high court announced Thursday. Based on previous rulings, the court is not likely to rule in favor of the providers, experts say.

Nursing homes can't carve out billing, collections in arbitration agreements, AR Supreme Court rules

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A nursing home arbitration agreement largely reserved the provider's rights to sue residents while limiting residents' legal options, causing it to fail a "mutual obligation" requirement, the Arkansas Supreme Court recently ruled .

A future without long-term care arbitration agreements

A future without long-term care arbitration agreements

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The White House has not banned arbitration agreements in long-term care. But if a recent executive order got providers thinking about life without these contract provisions, that might be a good thing.

Long-term care advocacy group cheers executive order barring arbitration agreements, urges further action

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A prominent long-term care consumer advocacy group hailed a recent executive order banning certain government contractors from using arbitration agreements, saying this is a step toward eliminating these agreements in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Supreme Court's message to long-term care operators: You're not worthy

Supreme Court's message to long-term care operators: You're not worthy

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It has been said that we are the residue of our choices. If that's true, what should we make of the Supreme Court these days?

Strong signals that nursing homes will win case against the contraception mandate, lawyers say

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A Supreme Court ruling handed down earlier this week bolstered a legal case being pursued by The Little Sisters of the Poor, according to attorneys for the nonprofit nursing home operator. However, other experts said the opposite in an analysis of the rulings published Tuesday.

Long-term care leaders watchful after Supreme Court limits the Affordable Care Act contraception rule

Long-term care leaders watchful after Supreme Court limits the Affordable Care Act contraception rule

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Two hotly anticipated Supreme Court rulings handed down Monday elicited measured responses from prominent long-term care stakeholders. In one case, Hobby Lobby succeeded in its battle against the Affordable Care Act's rules over contraception coverage. The other decision dealt a blow to home healthcare unions.

Also in the news for June 27, 2014 . . .

Supreme Court rules against White House over recess appointments to labor board ... Hospital readmissions penalties should be based on 15-day rates? ... Gov't releases guide for nursing homes to prevent financial exploitation of residents ... Consumer Voice launches LTC staffing campaign

Extendicare asks Supreme Court to decide whether nursing home arbitration agreements prevent certain wrongful death suits

Extendicare asks Supreme Court to decide whether nursing home arbitration agreements prevent certain wrongful death suits

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Extendicare Homes Inc. is seeking a Supreme Court ruling on the reach of nursing home arbitration agreements, according to news reports.

Nursing homes in large insurance network temporarily spared from ACA contraceptives rule

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Skilled nursing facility Villa St. Francis and other members of the nationwide Catholic Benefits Association do not have to offer health plans covering contraception while they pursue litigation against the government, a federal judge has ruled.

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.

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