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GOP withdraws healthcare act bill

March 27, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

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. 

Silver linings

February 20, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
blog

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.

California considers senior LGBT Bill of Rights

February 17, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
news

The California State Legislature will consider a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) seniors living in long-term care from gender-based discrimination. 

Civil money penalties expected to double for Va. assisted living

February 16, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

Virginia lawmakers have passed a bill that would raise the maximum penalty per year for violations at assisted living facilities in the state.

New federal rules for home health agencies

February 15, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News
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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. 

Price confirmed to head HHS

February 10, 2017  | 
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The Senate has approved the president’s nomination of Representative Tom Price as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Re-examining CMS' 5-star rating system

February 6, 2017  |  Alan C. Horowitz, RN, Esq.
blog

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

Trump’s SCOTUS pick and 'death with dignity' legislation

February 1, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

Federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch is a well-known expert and author on the legal and ethical facets of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. If confirmed, will he kill the discussion on death with dignity?

Providers, Medicare renew battle over therapy services

February 1, 2017  |  Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News
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Four years after the Jimmo court case, Medicare officials, providers and senior advocates still can't agree on how to handle ongoing therapy services for patients who aren't improving.

CMS applauds readmission reduction

January 20, 2017  |  Robert Gatty
article

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has seen a substantial decline in hospitalization admissions among Medicare beneficiaries in long-term care. 

Therapy billing fraud: When will LTC learn?

January 19, 2017  |  Tom Ealey
article

Providers who overbill or fudge their therapy services are on the DOJ’s radar more than ever. So why is there still so much therapy billing fraud?

FDA nixes 14-day drug pre-packaging rule

January 19, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

The new FDA rules acknowledge the unique role and dispensing needs of LTC pharmacies, including emergency kits and remote dispensing.