Medicare/Medicaid

CMS: SNF antipsychotic use at lowest level since 2011

The prevalence of antipsychotics in SNFs has dropped consistently since the CMS mandate to reduce unnecessary usage went into effect in 2012.

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CMS funds nursing home for prisoners

A Connecticut nursing home will receive federal funding to help pay for and provide care to the state’s aging inmates. 

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Congress to CMS: bolster oversight audits

Sen. Chuck Grassley asked Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma to explain nearly $125 million in potential overcharges for Medicare Advantage plans. 

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The ACA and Medicaid

After months of political leverage on repealing the Affordable Care Act, the GOP decided to ditch its new House bill without voting on it. Now what?

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GOP withdraws healthcare act bill

Minutes before the House was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act, Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to withdraw the bill, citing lack of support. The bill would have made sweeping changes to Medicaid. 

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The repeal and replace bill: Medicaid’s most dangerous enemy?

The GOP's long-awaited bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is here--but its vision may be dangerously shortsighted.

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Silver linings

Long-term and post-acute care has plenty of challenges for 2017, but trials and tribulations can be good for the industry in the long run.

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New federal rules for home health agencies

Federal regulations, set to go into effect in July, would require the more than 12,000 home health agencies participating in Medicare and Medicaid be more responsive--and responsible--for patients and caregivers. 

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Price confirmed to head HHS

The Senate has approved the president’s nomination of Representative Tom Price as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Re-examining CMS’ 5-star rating system

A new GAO report highlights why experts say the next addition to the Nursing Home Compare five-star ratings should be customer service.

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