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The government’s top health insurer has announced that providers could get a first look at a new type of Medicare accountable care organization this month. It has been modeled closely after a controversial managed care program and includes new waivers for skilled nursing facilities.

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Periods of fasting could be one way to sidestep some chronic illnesses such as diabetes, and add years to one’s life. Meanwhile, consecutive daily fasting supplemented with antioxidants could actually hinder those perceived benefits, University of Florida researchers said Friday.

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PA, doc arrested for allegations of $2.4M in Medicare, Medicaid fraud … Extendicare closing headquarters; close to 300 jobs lost … Wilkes law firm targets PA nursing home in ad

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A Medicare payment watchdog group saddled with huge case backlogs and heavily criticized for causing delays in resolving reimbursement issues has changed its name and location on the web.

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While providers have made some progress with reducing rehospitalizations, the era of managed care organizations and better hospital partnerships means new strategies are needed. Attendees at the McKnight’s Online Expo this month will learn nursing practices to reduce rehospitalizations and attract partners during the Quality session.

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The American Geriatric Society on Wednesday issued a broad policy statement calling for long-term care health professionals to “pioneer” procedures and policies designed to more equitably and fairly treat lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

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The American Health Care Association on Thursday applauded a House measure that would inform Medicare beneficiaries of their observation status as hospital inpatient or outpatients. But that might be little consolation for skilled nursing facilities that face the prospect of not getting reimbursed after such observation periods.

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Assisted living employee arrested after camera catches alleged abuse … FDA approves antibiotic as option for complicated UTIs … C.diff rate rising, CDC says

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Despite decades and nearly two dozen studies on dehydration in the frail elderly, very little conclusive evidence exists on its causes or solutions, a research team reported Wednesday in the Annals of Long-Term Care.

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Older patients need longer hospital stays after hip fractures or risk premature death, researchers assert this week in the British Medical Journal.

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AHCA members testify on Capitol Hill on health IT….DME vendor pleads guilty in $5M scheme … Doc who illegally prescribed Oxycodone sentenced … FBI moves closer to nailing Anthem hackers

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Individuals struggling to make ends meet and long-term care providers relying on a solvent Medicaid program could be on opposite ends of the verdict when the U.S. Supreme Court begins deliberations on a lawsuit trying to kill the Affordable Care Act.

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The federal government this week argued to the Supreme Court that a lower court was correct when it dismissed challenges to a payment review provision in the Affordable Care Act. Long-term care providers are among those who had hoped the challenges would be successful.

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Several so-called “red states” are leaning toward or have outright abandoned plans to allow expansion of their Medicaid programs, bucking a nationwide groundswell of program enrollment under the president’s signature healthcare reform law.

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LTC insurance companies paid out $7.8 billion in claims in 2014 … New drug effective against drug-resistant tuberculosis … PA changes inspection report disclaimer on lawsuits

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