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CMS updates surveyor guidance for advance directives, dementia care and other topics

CMS updates surveyor guidance for advance directives, dementia care and other topics

Nursing home surveyors should question staff members to ensure that residents' care is aligned with their advance directives, according to a manual update recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The document released Wednesday includes revised guidance for more than 20 F-Tags, including those related to dementia care, restraints and nasogastric tubes.

NV hospice, Skilled Healthcare face government false claims lawsuit over alleged overbilling

NV hospice, Skilled Healthcare face government false claims lawsuit over alleged overbilling

Skilled Healthcare Group and a Nevada hospice that it operates have been charged with submitting "tens of millions of dollars" in false Medicare and Medicaid claims, the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced.

CMS seeks comment on new post-acute admission policies for accountable care organizations

CMS seeks comment on new post-acute admission policies for accountable care organizations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering giving accountable care organizations more flexibility in how their patients can access post-acute care. The agency described these policies in a proposed rule announced Monday and requested that stakeholders submit comments by Feb. 6.

Long-term care worker stole $21,000 in jewelry during first three weeks on the job, authorities say

A worker at a Florida continuing care retirement community stole $21,000 worth of jewelry from residents within three weeks of starting on the job, authorities have charged.

Many people in retirement communities, assisted living have unmet needs, researchers find

People living in retirement communities have a higher likelihood of unmet needs than those residing in assisted living facilities or their own homes, according to recently published findings.