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House unanimously passes 'observation status' bill

House unanimously passes 'observation status' bill

Long-term care leaders firmly applauded members of the U.S. House on Tuesday for unanimously passing a bill that would put tighter control over the designation of "observation status" for hospital patients.

Homicide charges follow sudden illness of six assisted living residents

A 98-year-old woman's death in a south suburban Chicago assisted living facility has been ruled a homicide. She and five others were hospitalized in early February after suffering breathing difficulties. The Cook County Medical Examiner's made the announcement Monday.

Congress mulls Medicaid-Medicare pay parity, and end of 'doc fixes'

Congress mulls Medicaid-Medicare pay parity, and end of 'doc fixes'

Long-term care providers are closely monitoring two major lawmaking efforts in Washington this week that have both chambers of Congress debating a plan to end annual Medicare cuts and abolish painful "fixes" to the Medicare physician payment formula.

Inspector General blasts agency for ignoring ZPIC scrutiny

Inspector General blasts agency for ignoring ZPIC scrutiny

Ignoring a four-year-old warning to more thoroughly evaluate Medicare auditing contractors is among the pile of unheeded advice that could have saved the Medicare program billions of dollars in recent years, the Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General charged Tuesday.

Proposed House budget would slash Medicaid by $913 billion

Few have ever heard a federal budget referred to as a "moral document," as one GOP budget committee lawmaker described it on Tuesday. That's when the House unveiled a 10-year budget whose $5.5 trillion in cuts are likely to be called anything but "moral" when the long-term care industry finishes analyzing it.

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