The Week's Top Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.