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Retaliation, recovery and ‘quasi’ justice featured in nursing home operator’s book

Many long-time McKnight’s readers will remember Beechwood Restorative Care Center and its $25 million victory against the state of New York. The settlement ended a 13-year war and one of the most egregious abuses of administrative power that could be imagined.  The retaliation was perpetrated by high level state Department of Health officials who were…

CMS to providers: Help us determine your PDPM cuts

Providers will have a say in how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recalibrates its Patient-Driven Payment Model, agency officials reiterated in a call with skilled nursing operators Thursday where they outlined their attempt to rein in spending. Agency officials encouraged providers to submit suggestions for particular cost-cutting methods during a SNF/Long-Term Care Open…

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Stable LTC antipsychotic prescribing in 2020 may reflect success of U.S. reduction initiatives

University of Michigan researchers have found relatively minimal changes in central nervous system-active medication use among Michigan nursing home residents with dementia following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a finding that may be explained in part by regulatory pressures to reduce antipsychotic prescribing in U.S. skilled nursing facilities.  With the disruptions in daily routines…

Brooks-LaSure faces fireworks-free confirmation hearing; CMS nominee hints at permanent telehealth waivers

An extension of telehealth flexibilities beyond the COVID-19 pandemic is likely if President Joe Biden’s nomination to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is confirmed.  Chiquita Brooks-LaSure expressed her support for permanently adopting telehealth coverage waivers while testifying Thursday at a nomination hearing before the Senate Finance committee. “This pandemic has given us…

Is the doctor in? Improve nursing homes with one easy stroke

Many nursing home COVID-19 patients would have benefitted from daily, reimbursed-for physician visits in their skilled nursing facilities, but they were not entitled to them.  With an epic crisis still at hand, the quickest way to improve performance and public perception of nursing homes is to introduce daily covered visits. Astonishingly, Medicare and Medicaid suggest…

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