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The Food and Drug Administration approved a test Wednesday that can help physicians diagnose an infection and select the proper antibiotic much more rapidly than with existing tests.

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An experimental “socially assistive” robot has been shown to get better results in elderly rehabilitation patients than human therapists, preliminary research finds.

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Long-term care operators struggling to meet the needs of obese residents could get some help from Medicare.

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While the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, it struck a provision that said states would lose their Medicaid funding if they don’t comply with the planned expansion.The ruling means progressive action on maximizing Medicaid reimbursement is still needed, a top long-term care advocate told McKnight’s.

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In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court rejected Medicaid expansion provisions in the new healthcare law. However, the court ruled that an individual mandate to purchase health insurance is constitutional. The vote was 5-4 in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

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Throughout the summer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is collecting data from 4,200 nursing homes to help develop best practices for a new quality assurance initiative.

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Accountable care organizations are expected to thrive even if the Supreme Court throws out the Affordable Care Act, healthcare law experts said Tuesday.

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On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “Regardless of opinions about the ACA, it elevated debate over fundamental themes that have great resonance for the field of long-term services and supports,” says LeadingAge President Larry Minnix. Check out the rest of his response to the ruling. 

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Following a series of troubling reports about the success rate of antifraud contractors, lawmakers are asking the Government Accountability Office to study Medicare and Medicaid audit programs.

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The federal government increasingly has spent potentially duplicative funds on individuals receiving healthcare benefits through the Veterans Administration and Medicare Advantage, a new analysis finds.

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Nursing home residents often are deprived of consensual sexual relationships due to concern for resident safety and a lack of sufficient formal policies dealing with these relationships, new research finds.

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Even if the Supreme Court repeals the Affordable Care Act, its early reforms have already delivered promising benefits, according to former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D.

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The success rate of Medicare’s volunteer force of fraud-detecting beneficiaries is declining, a government report finds.

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While enrollment in hospice is soaring, nonwhite Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure are 20% less likely to use hospice, a new study finds.

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