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Life Care Centers of America has won the Gold Award in the McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards in the Transitions category.

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A law setting mandatory nurse-to-patient staffing ratios has reduced the number of workplace injuries for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in California, according to recently published findings.

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Certain Accountable Care Organizations would be able to send Medicare beneficiaries to a skilled nursing facility without a prior hospital stay under a bipartisan bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives.

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CMS releases new version of software for collecting assessment information … CT hospitals must now inform patients of observation status … CA assisted living facilities face multiple requirements under new laws … Govt. launches Open Payments website

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Recovery Audit Contractors recovered $1.8 million in Medicare overpayments made to skilled nursing facilities in fiscal year 2013, according to a Congressional report released Monday.

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Police in Oklahoma City have arrested a nursing home worker who allegedly threatened to behead another staff member out of solidarity with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to news sources.

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Jewish Home Lifecare won the top award in the Innovator of the Year category in the third annual McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards competition.

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CMS clarifies appropriate use of power strips in long-term care resident rooms …GAO: Integrating Medicare and Medicaid may not reduce costs on dual-eligible care … Brookdale discriminated against worker with fibromyalgia, EEOC claims … State standards for physician access under Medicaid managed care vary widely, OIG finds

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The Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program is now down to 19 programs, out of an original 32, worrying those who have pushed for skilled nursing facilities to embrace the concept.

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Nursing homes in Connecticut fined for verbal abuse … HHS announces $212M in grants to combat chronic disease … National Association of Medicaid Directors lays out recommendations on managed care and modernizing program.

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Complicated grief is an under-recognized problem in the elderly, but a specific treatment can help, a new study says.

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Cedar Creek Living Center in Norman, OK, is the Gold Award winner in the Quality category of the McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards. A national panel of judges chose Cedar Creek on the merit of its work in using technology to reduce the use of antipsychotics.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should loosen regulations to allow more people to receive care in the community rather than in nursing homes, a bipartisan group of Senators wrote in a recent letter to the top CMS official.

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Impending audits could lead to penalties for healthcare providers not complying with health information privacy laws, an official stated Wednesday.

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An assisted living facility in Mississippi fired a worker hours after she started on the job because of her pregnancy, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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