Extendicare Health Services Inc. and its subsidiary therapy company have agreed to pay $38 million to settle therapy overbilling and quality of care whistleblower charges, federal and state authorities announced Friday. They said it is the largest such "failure of care" settlement in Department of Justice history.
Coming changes to the Five Star rating system for nursing homes will "cause some disruption," but many long-term care providers already are on track, according to American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson.
Kindred Healthcare has succeeded in its quest to acquire Gentiva Health Services. The companies announced Thursday morning they would combine to create the fourth-biggest healthcare provider of any type in the United States. The $1.8 billion deal was approved by the boards of both companies, ending Kindred's five-month hostile takeover bid for the home health provider.
Reversing a trend of rate cutting during the Great Recession, most states are increasing Medicaid reimbursements for nursing homes, according to a recently released report. However, states also are accelerating efforts to reduce the number of nursing home residents, the report shows.
Increasing hospice services can reduce hospital admissions among all residents of a nursing home, including those not enrolled in hospice, according to findings recently published in JAMDA.