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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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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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Falls may cause post-traumatic stress in seniors, study finds … Government issues new model notices of HIPAA privacy practices for providers to use … Switch to ICD-10 could make it difficult to track patient safety trends

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A familiar tool for diagnosing depression in dementia patients might not be very effective in the nursing home setting, according to findings recently published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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Men and patients with certain types of cancer are among those less likely to enroll in hospice, suggesting that healthcare providers should focus on presenting these groups with all their end-of-life care options, according to newly published findings.

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Assisted living communities consistently do not make a good first impression with prospective customers, and they haven’t improved this skill set in the last decade, according to data from George Mason University in Virginia.

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GA puts controversial nursing home rate hike on hold … Most Americans OK with gay couples in assisted living … Commerce Dept: Healthcare revenue rebounded in Q2

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Nursing homes might be able to cut their pressure ulcer rates by giving nurses more control over when they work, according to findings forthcoming in the Journal of Applied Gerontology.

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A California nursing home has agreed to a $225,000 settlement over charges that it did not handle asbestos properly during a renovation, according to local news sources.

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Nursing homes may be ratcheting up high-risk medication use for certain residents who return to the facility after a stay in the hospital, according to recently published findings.

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Nursing homes may be ratcheting up high-risk medication use for certain residents who return to the facility after a stay in the hospital, according to recently published findings.

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AMDA to feds: Will assisted living be excluded from plan to reimburse chronic care services? … People with rare type AB blood have doubled risk of cognitive decline, researchers say … Grieving older people are more at risk for infections than younger people, research shows

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A Pennsylvania nursing home failed to intervene when a nurse began acting erratically in the days before killing herself and a resident last November, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in Lackawanna County Court.

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Long-term services and supports should be a major focus of next year’s White House Conference on Aging, and advocates should work to keep financing reform in the spotlight during the upcoming mid-term Congressional elections, according to members of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care.

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