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A former nursing home business office manager in Michigan has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $460,000 from residents.

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Medicare reimbursements grew modestly in 2014, according to a government report that focused on the decrease in the federal deficit.

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The House Ethics Committee in Indiana has voted for a revised ethics code in the wake of allegations that a former state House Speaker lobbied lawmakers to kill a ban on nursing home construction that would have cost his family business millions.

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Longevity gene related to planning and decision-making…Indiana to expand Medicaid…Penn researchers identify molecule related to diabetes and wounds

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Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration can continue to try to revoke a nursing home’s operating license, despite the facility declaring bankruptcy, a federal bankruptcy court has ruled.

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The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a nursing home must pay a bed tax even if it does not receive a benefit.

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Nursing homes ripped over use of guardianship law for debt collection … Dementia linked to common drugs: hay fever, insomnia, other over-the-counter meds … Widespread flu activity expected to continue for weeks: CDC … Severe Alzheimer’s improved with drug-therapy regimen, small study shows.

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Long-term care leaders on Monday called a first-ever federal timeline for greater levels of bundled and other alternative payments “aggressive” but “a good thing.”

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Two federal lawmakers are calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to crack down on states that don’t enforce eligibility and asset-transfer regulations.

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Don’t count Rep. Diane Black among the supporters of the current model for accountable care organizations. The Tennessee Republican said late last week that it’s too risky for providers who wish to participate.

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Evidence-based reasons for why some nursing homes serving Medicaid-heavy populations outperform others will soon be available.

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Raising the definition of a full-time workweek from 30 to 40 hours would result in fewer work hours for many employees, Senate Democrats argued at a hearing last week.

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Senate Democrats back faster union elections … Gentiva approves Kindred deal … Life after stroke riskiest for those living alone, especially older men … Heart failure patients bounce back to ERs for complex reasons

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Long-term care providers could have good reason to worry that forthcoming Medicare reforms could cut into their reimbursements, following a two-day hearing on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers reiterated pledges to permanently change the way physician payment rates are calculated. They also emphasized that provider reimbursement cuts and beneficiary cost-sharing might very well be needed due to the price-tag on the policy shift.

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Recently implemented Medicare penalties are having a greater impact on hospitals than newly available bonuses, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

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