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Long-term care workers continued to have low rates of flu vaccination last season, despite there being 92% vaccination coverage overall among physicians and nurses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The agency also said seniors should receive two doses of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

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Four California assisted living operators are facing eight felony charges related to wage theft, tax and insurance violations, according to local reports.

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Americans are the most worried about losing their eyesight as they age, poll says …. AHCA says MedPAC Chairman is ‘spot-on’ with three-day stay comments … Medicare Advantage enrollment rises for fifth straight year, CMS says.

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Alabama, Washington and Nevada are participating in a yearlong Medicaid project that could help share risk between states and the federal government, the National Governors Association said this week.

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If the Medicare Part B program had used average Medicare Part D drug dispensing and fee rates, it would have saved the government $110 million in 2011, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General released Sept. 16.

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Despite fears to the contrary, there’s no evidence that the Affordable Care Act increased part-time work before 2014, according to a new analysis.

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Arkansas’ charity protection statute could protect nursing home in lawsuit… Institute of Medicine releases end-of-life report …Congressional roundtable group says Medicare telehealth rules need to be updated

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A bill that would standardize data in post-acute settings moved closer to reality after a House of Representatives voice vote in its favor Tuesday. The House’s approval of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT) drew praise from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.

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A significant number of people take six months or longer to choose a senior care or housing option for a loved one, recently released survey results showed.

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The Department of Health and Human Services may not have had the authority to offer providers special settlements to help clear a huge backlog of Medicare appeals, a leading Congressman said in a recent letter to the agency. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) is urging HHS to halt the new settlement process.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an updated version of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument manual Friday.

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ACOs continue to improve quality but savings remain elusive … Bladder training should be option No. 1 for urge incontinence in women, physicians group recommends … Scottish association releases fall prevention guidelines for long-term care

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A nursing home arbitration agreement largely reserved the provider’s rights to sue residents while limiting residents’ legal options, causing it to fail a “mutual obligation” requirement, the Arkansas Supreme Court recently ruled .

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The government should pay for skilled nursing care without a preliminary three-day hospital stay, and the recovery auditor program should be reformed, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members said at a meeting Friday.

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A Maryland nursing home company has agreed to a $1.3 million settlement over charges that it did not prevent overbilling by its contracted therapy provider, federal authorities announced Monday. This is the second such settlement this month involving therapy company RehabCare Group East Inc.

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