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Authorities have arrested a nursing home psychiatrist and charged him with 52 counts of healthcare fraud, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas announced Thursday.

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Average operating margins increased dramatically in the last year for nonprofit senior living companies, according to a recent survey of C-suite executives.

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Federal and state organizations have released new Ebola guidance for healthcare workers in long-term care and other settings, following the second case of a nurse acquiring the virus in the United States. Both infected nurses came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who traveled to the United States, fell ill with Ebola and died Oct. 8 at a Dallas hospital.

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CMS announces new Accountable Care Organization model … Drugmaker reaches $31 million settlement, resolving charges that it paid kickbacks to long-term care pharmacies … People prefer institutional long-term care if they need more help with daily living activities … First-of-its-kind guidelines recommend pneumococcal vaccine to prevent COPD exacerbations

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Reversing a trend of rate cutting during the Great Recession, most states are increasing Medicaid reimbursements for nursing homes, according to a recently released report. However, states also are accelerating efforts to reduce the number of nursing home residents, the report shows.

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Skilled nursing operators and the senior living sector as a whole are benefiting from improving economic conditions and “healthy demand,” according to a new report from California-based commercial real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap.

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A Virginia healthcare provider did not pay long-term care nurses overtime for three years, the Department of Labor has alleged in a recently filed lawsuit.

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Reversing a trend of rate cutting during the Great Recession, most states are increasing Medicaid reimbursements for nursing homes, according to a recently released report. However, states also are accelerating efforts to reduce the number of nursing home residents, the report shows.

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HIPAA authorization forms do not have be signed voluntarily to be valid, judge rules … Aluminum exposure ‘inevitably’ contributes to Alzheimer’s, researcher says … Judge holds assisted living owners in contempt for retaliating against workers

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Long-term care and other providers might have to alter their pain management practices if changes discussed at a recent Medicare Payment Advisory Commission meeting come to pass.

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Increasing hospice services can reduce hospital admissions among all residents of a nursing home, including those not enrolled in hospice, according to findings recently published in JAMDA.

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A skilled nursing facility that scores well on quality measures is not necessarily reducing residents’ risk of death or readmission within 30 days of arriving from a hospital, according to findings in the latest issue of the American Medical Association journal JAMA.

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Home health aides launch nationwide campaign for higher wages … White House launches Conference on Aging website … Structured resident interviews increase quality of life in the nursing home, Pitt researchers find

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Even at nursing homes with stable staffing and occupancy, a large percentage of workers struggle with highly unpredictable schedules, according to findings in a newly published book from researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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The average occupancy rate for senior housing sailed past 90% in the third quarter, and the absorption rate set a single-quarter record, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care announced Friday.

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