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SNF will pay $28 million to settle fraud, neglect lawsuits

SNF will pay $28 million to settle fraud, neglect lawsuits

A New York skilled nursing facility has agreed to pay $28 million and implement reforms to settle a lawsuit alleging fraud, neglect and criminal conduct from the facility's owners and staff.

Gawande: Good palliative care blocked by quality measures, lack of communication

The quality measures currently in place in skilled nursing facilities and hospice settings are too focused on safety and health to promote effective palliative care, physician Atul Gawande, M.D., MPH, told lawmakers on Thursday.

Competency testing crucial to preventing hospitalizations, mitigating risk, LTC expert says

Competency testing crucial to preventing hospitalizations, mitigating risk, LTC expert says

Improving employee competency testing in long-term care facilities can help reduce rehospitalizations, cut down on workplace injuries and boost overall resident care, an expert told a national gathering of nursing directors on Monday.

Nursing home denies it allowed resident's $2 million to be stolen

Staff members of a Northeast Miami-Dade nursing home say they had no hand in the alleged disappearance of $2 million from a former resident.

Person-centered care programs projected to cut skilled nursing stays by 20%

Person-centered care programs projected to cut skilled nursing stays by 20%

Person-centered care programs within healthcare organizations are more cost effective, but notably decrease how long a patient spends in a skilled nursing facility, according to a new report.