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Providers may be exploiting Medicare stays: researchers

The Medicare system is spending “significantly” more on post-acute care for patients when compared to those who have commercial insurance, despite it not being clinically more beneficial to do so, a new study has found.  Despite the spending discrepency, there were no significant differences in hospital readmission rates between the commercial insurance and Medicare-covered groups,…

Back pay total: $261,000

Shoddy bookkeeping and pay practices have cost a New York City-based nursing home operator more than $261,000. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division found that three Centers Health Care-owned nursing homes paid employees only for scheduled hours, while work that was performed before or after scheduled shifts went uncompensated. …

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Early PDPM numbers not the whole story, Parkinson notes

Capital providers were warned recently about investing or refinancing too quickly after the start of the Patient-Driven Payment Model on Oct. 1.  “I’m really urging the investment community that if we have an increase in the aggregate, do not refinance on that,” said Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association, in…

LTC attacks overuse of observation stays

The American Health Care Association is again seeking change to a rule that requires an individual to spend three consecutive days as a hospital inpatient in order to receive Medicare skilled nursing coverage.  The provider campaign was revived after CMS Administrator Seema Verma tweeted on Aug. 4 that “Govt doesn’t always make sense. We’re listening…

PDPM effects will be known in six weeks

It should take only about 50 days to clearly understand the ramifications of nursing homes’ new Patient-Driven Payment Model, a top provider leader said. “We’re going to know five or six weeks into it how we’re doing,” Mark Parkinson told attendees at the fall meeting of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care…

AHCA/NCAL and NASL conventions kick off Sunday

Perhaps the biggest weekend of the long-term care administrative calendar is at hand with the start of the annual conferences for the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living and the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care taking place in Orlando. NCAL Day is Sunday, the same day AHCA holds its opening…

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