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More aggressive interventions with lonely elders may significantly decrease physician visits and healthcare costs, authors of a recent study conclude.

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A major beneficiary advocate is pushing back on a new study recommending Medicare Advantage rates be adjusted for dual-eligible patients because so many tend to have poorer outcomes than others.

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The nation’s leading consumer watchdog is asking the Food and Drug Administration to prohibit direct-to-consumer diabetes drug advertising promoting unapproved off-label benefits like weight and blood pressure reduction.

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Providers can kiss fee-for-service payments goodbye, says Kathleen Sebelius. The former health official spoke Wednesday at the NIC 2015 Capital & Business Strategies Forum in San Diego.

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Ohio group tries to block state from removing beneficiaries from Medicaid … Colorado assisted living resident who eloped dies of hypothermia … Supreme Court decision could impact Medi-Cal lawsuits

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PA nursing home that crowd-funded receives televisions … Fish oil not all it’s cracked up to be, research says … Ohio health system pays $10 million to settle kickback claims

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A Maine skilled nursing facility has agreed to pay $1.2 million to the federal government to settle allegations it did not prevent RehabCare Group East Inc. from providing unnecessary therapy.

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The Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to Medicaid residential care providers on Tuesday in a ruling that prohibits them from suing for higher reimbursement to recoup escalating costs.

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A new peer-reviewed study is casting doubts on the efficacy of second-generation antidepressants for treating anxiety, placing much of the blame on various publishing bias of other works.

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Attorneys working to abolish the Independent Payment Advisory Board vowed Tuesday to fight the IPAB’s first board action, whenever it might come. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a long-standing case challenging the panel’s constitutionality.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will hold physician claims for 14 calendar days, thereby delaying 21% rate cuts otherwise set to take effect Wednesday.

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While long-term care professionals have at least two more weeks to agonize over the fate of a bill that would permanently repeal the current Medicare physicians funding formula, a host of other key funding “extenders” set to expire also hang in the balance.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will hold physician claims for 14 calendar days, thereby delaying 21% rate cuts otherwise set to take effect Wednesday.

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Nearly four months into the year, a 2015 calendar sporting nude photographs of the residents of Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living in Akron, OH, are still flying out the door — so much so that a second printing was ordered.

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Bed bugs suspected to be reason behind Virginia assisted living closure … CNA says she was told to lie about resident fall … Medicare spent $4.5B on new hepatitis C medications

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