Hospice

Hospice provider settles massive case for $2.5 million, claiming documentation errors

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Once accused of defrauding Medicare of $14 million in false claims in a single year, a Florida hospice provider has agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve the allegations.

'Omni-mom' Barbara Bush gives providers a gift

'Omni-mom' Barbara Bush gives providers a gift

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The tributes to former First Lady Barbara Bush will wash over the media landscape for at least a few news cycles, as well they should. But then, unfortunately, the world will go back to its twisted ways and the airwaves will be dominated by tantrums, tweets and twits.

Book covers hospice care

Book covers hospice care

The Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook, Third Edition, was released to give practical tips for caregivers. The updated version reflects recent regulatory changes.

This hospice study might make nursing homes less comfortable

This hospice study might make nursing homes less comfortable

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What's the best eldercare development we've seen in the past quarter century? For my money, nothing compares to the ongoing expansion of hospice care services.

Also in the News for Tuesday, Feb. 13

Psychiatrists, marketer pushed patients to home health company for kickbacks, feds say ... More Wisconsin nursing homes closing due to low reimbursement, advocates say ... Families of skilled nursing residents less satisfied with hospice than those with in-home service

Hospice accused of treating ineligible patients agrees to $1.2M False Claims settlement

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A for-profit hospice company and its owner agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve allegations that the company fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid for hospice services.

More hospice providers not always better

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Having more hospice providers working with a nursing home doesn't necessarily reduce end-of-life hospitalizations.

Vitas agrees to record-setting settlement

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The nation's largest for-profit hospice provider and its parent company will pay $75 million to settle allegations that it submitted false Medicare claims for hospice services, according to federal authorities.

CMS Hospice Compare site plagued with wrong information

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently launched Hospice Compare website may be giving users incorrect location information for hospice providers, the agency said on Tuesday.

Hospice provider to pay record-setting $75 million false claims settlement

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The nation's largest for-profit hospice provider and its parent company have agreed to pay $75 million to settle allegations that it submitted false Medicare claims for hospice services, authorities said Monday.

A Day in the Life: Soothing Singers

A Day in the Life: Soothing Singers

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Members of the Threshold Choir at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices are quick to point out that the singing they do isn't performing.

Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care acquired

Nathan Adelson Hospice has entered into an agreement to acquire Las Vegas Solari Hospice Care, owned by HealthCare Partners Nevada LLC.

Pathways Hospice at ManorCare begins

Pathways has started Pathways Hospice at ManorCare as part of a collaboration between Pathways, El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA, and ManorCare.

Making inroads with hospitals and hospice

Making inroads with hospitals and hospice

Hospice programs and SNFs must immediately implement a strategy to develop and market a strong, strategic nursing home/hospice partnership with hospitals, ACOs, MCOs, etc.

Hospice care becoming costlier, less aggressive, study finds

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Brown researchers examined the change in last-year-of-life Medicare expenditures during the most recent expansion of the program that began in 2004 and continued through 2009.

CMS plan would hike hospice rates in 2016

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to raise hospice payment rates by nearly $200 million, or 2%, in fiscal year 2016. They come under a sweeping proposal establishing payment tiers based on length of stay and laying the groundwork for additional quality reporting measures.

A good book's unintended lesson and tears for a great friend

A good book's unintended lesson and tears for a great friend

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One of the best signs of a good book is its unplanned lessons. While its title might profess how to fix this or do better at that, a high-quality book also will lead the reader to enlightenment for reasons a PR agent might not promote. Such is my personal experience with Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal."

Connecting the hospice compliance dots

Connecting the hospice compliance dots

If someone asked you if your hospice was compliant with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Office of Inspector General's Effective Compliance Program Guidance for Hospice, what would you tell them?

Complaint by whistleblowers will cost hospice $4 million

Complaint by whistleblowers will cost hospice $4 million

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A hospice company that hired medical directors with close ties to nursing homes to better pursue allegedly fraudulent practices has agreed to a $4 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department.

Hospice pays $6.5 million fine to settle fraud case

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A New York hospice provider Wednesday agreed to pay approximately $6.5 million in fines to settle alleged false Medicare and Medicaid claims over a 16-month period.

Also in the news for Tuesday, February 10

Hospice company settles False Claims Act allegations for $4 million ... Colorado says no to right-to-die legislation ... NYT examines Obamacare's issue for GOP ... PA recovers $1.8 million for long-term care funds

Tomorrow's nursing homes must integrate palliative care

Tomorrow's nursing homes must integrate palliative care

Palliative care, a form of patient-centered care focused on quality of life for the seriously ill, should be the standard of practice for all elderly patients with complex illness in nursing homes.

Opportunity may be knocking, but many operators don't want to answer the door

Opportunity may be knocking, but many operators don't want to answer the door

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If you are a long-term care operator, the latest report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization should leave you with mixed feelings.

Hospice is growing fastest in skilled nursing facilities, new report shows

Hospice is growing fastest in skilled nursing facilities, new report shows

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Hospice services increased in nursing homes more than in any other care setting last year, according to the latest annual report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Also in the news for Nov. 5, 2014 . . .

Supreme Court hears arguments over whether Omnicare misled investors ... Hospice medical director faces up to 20 years in prison for improper patient certifications ... Lack of interoperability is hindering accountable care organizations, ONC report says

FL hospice, nursing homes, hospital passed patients back and forth to juice profits, whistleblowers charge

FL hospice, nursing homes, hospital passed patients back and forth to juice profits, whistleblowers charge

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Two Florida nursing homes and a hospital allowed a hospice company to provide free services in exchange for patient referrals, according to recently unsealed whistleblower charges.

3 tips for a strong SNF-hospice partnership

3 tips for a strong SNF-hospice partnership

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Easier said than done. That phrase often pops into my head when I read the latest long-term care research.

New hospice comparison tool uses government info, Washington Post calls for more transparency

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In the absence of a hospice consumer guide from the government, The Washington Post has created one using available Medicare data. The newspaper unveiled the quality tool Sunday, in an article criticizing a lack of transparency around hospice quality.

Labor Department sues Virginia provider for allegedly withholding nurse overtime pay

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A Virginia healthcare provider did not pay long-term care nurses overtime for three years, the Department of Labor has alleged in a recently filed lawsuit.

Hospice expansion decreases hospital readmissions among all nursing home residents, study shows

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Increasing hospice services can reduce hospital admissions among all residents of a nursing home, including those not enrolled in hospice, according to findings recently published in JAMDA.