Advocates split with health plans, states over Medicaid long-term care rules

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 29, 2015

Patient advocates are praising a section of the CMS' proposed Medicaid managed-care rule related to long-term care. But health plans and states are sharply critical of provisions imposing new credentialing requirements on long-term care providers and allowing beneficiaries to opt out of managed...

An end to mandatory arbitration agreements in nursing homes?

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 17, 2015

Nursing home and patient advocates alike say a new proposed rule from the CMS forbidding such facilities from requiring residents to sign binding arbitration agreements is long overdue. But some say parts of the proposal might create legal gray areas for patients and facilities.

Obama administration moves to strengthen nursing home oversight

Obama administration moves to strengthen nursing home oversight

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 13, 2015

The CMS is proposing rules aimed at dramatically improving the quality of care Medicaid and Medicare patients receive in nursing homes. If finalized, the proposals outlined would cost the nursing home industry $729 million in the first year the rule is in effect and $638 million in year two.

Dialysis patients get substandard care despite guidelines

Dialysis patients get substandard care despite guidelines

By Sabriya Rice  |  June 24, 2015

Many kidney-failure patients continue to receive critical dialysis treatments through catheters, a vein access method that is widely known to increase the risk of serious infections, blood clots and even death.

CMS eases skilled-nursing rules for some ACOs

By Melanie Evans  |  June 16, 2015

New Medicare rules could decrease incentives for hospital overuse and curb visits to low-quality nursing homes. The same rules, however, could boost incentives for misuse of costly skilled-nursing care.

Pennsylvania accused of lax regulation of nursing homes

By Associated Press  |  June 13, 2015

A new report from a legal aid organization for the poor accused the Pennsylvania Department of Health of failing to properly investigate complaints about nursing homes or enforce regulations that are designed to protect residents' safety.

HealthSouth to acquire Reliant Hospital Partners

By Beth Kutscher  |  June 11, 2015

HealthSouth Corp., a Birmingham, Ala.-based operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, plans to spend $730 million to buy Richardson, Texas-based Reliant Hospital Partners, which operates 11 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in three states.

Healthcare employers added 46,800 jobs in May

Healthcare employers added 46,800 jobs in May

By Michael Sandler  |  June 05, 2015

The healthcare industry added 46,800 jobs in May, nearly matching April's largest monthly increase this year. The U.S. economy overall added 280,000 jobs—meaning about 1 in 6 were in healthcare.

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