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Flu now rampaging in long-term care facilities nationwide, officials confirm

Flu now rampaging in long-term care facilities nationwide, officials confirm

Long-term care facilities across the country are being hit hard by the seasonal flu, due in part to a problem with this year's vaccine, federal officials stated late last week.

MedPAC unanimously votes to recommend site-neutral payments

MedPAC unanimously votes to recommend site-neutral payments

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has unanimously voted to recommend site-neutral payments for certain post-acute services. Skilled nursing interests have championed the policy, but opponents also have been vocal and blasted the vote that took place Thursday in Washington.

Congressional advisors waver on eliminating observation stays

Congressional advisors waver on eliminating observation stays

Getting rid of hospital observation stays might not be a good idea after all, according to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members who previously pushed for the change. Even if observation status is not scrapped as a category, there are other potential solutions on the table to make post-acute care more accessible.

Nursing home podiatrist admits overbilling 'thousands' of times after clipping toenails

A Missouri podiatrist has agreed to pay nearly $1 million for repeatedly billing for more complex services after clipping nursing home residents' toenails, federal authorities recently announced. The podiatrist also faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence.

Prolonging mealtimes could lead to health complications for LTC residents, study suggests

Long-term care providers should be aware that residents' chewing and swallowing ability might be worse at the end of a prolonged meal, increasing the risk of aspiration pneumonia and other conditions, suggest recently published findings.