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Skilled nursing providers, billing consultants pay $6M to resolve whistleblower allegations

Skilled nursing providers, billing consultants pay $6M to resolve whistleblower allegations

Four skilled nursing facilities and two financial consultants they used to bill for therapy services agreed last week to a $6 million settlement to resolve fraud allegations.

CMS creating infection control course for Final Rule compliance

A new, multi-day course is being designed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to help nursing homes prepare for an infection preventionist requirement included in the revised Final Rules of participation.

Two more Wisconsin nursing homes closing, both citing Medicaid reimbursement problems

Nursing homes in Eau Claire and Dallas, WI, announced this week that they were closing, with both blaming inadequate Medicaid reimbursements for the decision to move 77 combined residents.

Therapy overpayments may surpass $700 million a year, OIG suggests

Therapy overpayments may surpass $700 million a year, OIG suggests

A federal review of outpatient physical therapy payments found Medicare likely overpaid $367 million during a six-month period.

Study questions readmission data as standard for care quality

Study questions readmission data as standard for care quality

Hospital readmission rates have emerged as the unquestioned arbiter of post-acute care quality and payments. But a new study suggests a more comprehensive approach may be warranted.