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Michigan inching toward privatization of long-term care

Michigan is laying the groundwork to privatize its $2.8 billion Medicaid nursing home and long-term care services.

Parkinson's drug shows some promise for treating Alzheimer's psychosis

A drug approved for use in controlling hallucinations and delusions in Parkinson's patients showed mix results in a trial among Alzheimer's sufferers.

New Mexico fights conflict-of-interest allegations in Medicaid managed care contracts

The state of New Mexico fired back this week against allegations that its selection of new contractors for the state's Medicaid program was sullied by a major conflict of interest.

Also in the News for Wednesday, Feb. 21

Former resident sues nursing home after losing eye in roommate altercation ... Doctor moves into nursing home to launch his telemed start-up ... Common osteoarthritis drug doesn't outperform placebo

Nursing home janitor charged after threatening to shoot co-workers

Nursing home janitor charged after threatening to shoot co-workers

A janitor at a county-owned nursing home in upstate New York threatened to gun down two co-workers, the sheriff said Friday.

OIG: Medicare needs to do more to prevent fraud and waste related to chiropractic care

Previous controls have not done enough to reduce fraud and waste in connection to chiropractic care for Medicare patients, according to a review issued by a federal watchdog Friday.

Supreme Court weighing limits on privacy-breach lawsuits

In an announcement expected today, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to accept a case that could narrow how "harm" is defined in data-breach cases.

Also in the News for Tuesday, Feb. 20

Activist investor 'closely monitoring' Brookdale's strategic review process ... Federal legislation would make make it harder to file accessibility lawsuits ... Removing an enzyme leads to complete Alzheimer's reversal in mice

EEOC takes on provider over flu shot firing

EEOC takes on provider over flu shot firing

A healthcare provider in Owosso, MI, violated federal law by rescinding a job offer to a transcriptionist who wanted a religious accommodation to avoid a flu shot, the EEOC said in a lawsuit this week.

New guidelines add fecal transplant to C. diff treatment recommendations

Fecal transplants should be considered for patients with recurrent cases of Clostridium difficile whose symptoms cannot be addressed by antibiotics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America said in new guidelines published Thursday.

Medicare pays for opioids over alternatives, lawmakers say

Lawmakers took a long-standing industry complaint to the Department of Health and Human Services this week, telling Secretary Alex Azar that Medicare and Medicaid favor opioid prescription over non-addictive alternatives for treating chronic pain.

Also in the News for Friday, Feb. 16

Family's in-room camera leads to elder abuse charges against two nursing home aides ... Pennsylvania aide, nursing student pleads in nursing home abuse case, drops plan to sue facility and college ... Latest review: Security gaps in Medicare Administrative Contractor IT systems up 8 percent

Medicaid growth expected to slow, Medicare to accelerate

Medicaid growth expected to slow, Medicare to accelerate

Medicaid is projected to grow at a 5.8% rate through 2026, slower than previous years, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Actuary data released Wednesday.

Cardinal Health, McKesson facing hundreds of opioid lawsuits

Settlement talks for about 300 opioid lawsuits against Cardinal Health are ongoing, according to local reports.

Researchers show how hand-washing protocols help decrease nursing home deaths, antibiotic use

Nursing homes have long been a bastion of infections, experts note. But a new study finds that — by harnessing hand hygiene methods already popular in hospitals — such a notion could become a thing of the past.

Also in the News for Thursday, Feb. 15

Virginia passes Medicaid-work requirement bill ... New Florida nursing home generator rules in limbo .. US can sue UnitedHealth in massive Medicare case, court rules

Skilled nursing providers would lose out under Trump's revised payment system

Skilled nursing providers would lose out under Trump's revised payment system

A plan to lump together payments to all post-acute providers would be a budget cut dressed up as reform, providers said after reviewing the Department of Health and Human Services budget proposal.

Some veterans who want aid-in-dying will have to move first

Though terminally ill California residents can legally take lethal drugs to end their lives, the state's Veterans Homes have announced they will move any residents who want to try.

Argentum conference will highlight innovative practices that span industries

Featuring a main stage with eight speakers, this year's Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference will feature leading experts on workforce development, gerontology, resident programming, branding, building design, artificial intelligence and technology.

Also in the News for Wednesday, Feb. 14

Video of veteran's final journey through nursing home draws 6 million views ... COPD patients using inhaled meds more prone to fractures ... Patients on rheumatoid drugs cut Alzheimer's risk by half