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Kindred is exiting the skilled-nursing home business

By Dave Barkholz  |  November 08, 2016

Kindred Healthcare is exiting the skilled-nursing home business to focus on its better-performing home health, rehabilitation and long-term acute-care hospital units, the company announced Monday.

Federal judge grants nursing-home arbitration injunction

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 07, 2016

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi has granted a request by the American Health Care Association to bar the CMS from implementing a rule that bans arbitration agreements in skilled-nursing facilities.

Fall 2017 trial for alleged leader in $1B healthcare fraud

By Associated Press  |  November 03, 2016

Authorities say Philip Esformes ran 30 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities that used a network of corrupt doctors and hospitals to refer thousands of patients to the facilities, even though they did not qualify for services.

Supreme Court could change the rules of nursing home arbitration fight

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 31, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case related to arbitration agreements in nursing homes could affect the Obama administration's attempt to stop the practice that binds residents to contracts that waive their right to litigate disputes.

SNF chain will pay $145 million settlement over unnecessary rehab services

By Erica Teichert  |  October 24, 2016

Life Care Centers of America and its owner will pay $145 million to settle allegations that it billed Medicare and Tricare for medically unnecessary rehabilitation services over a seven-year period. It's the largest-ever False Claims Act settlement with a skilled-nursing facility chain.

UPMC launches telemedicine startup for nursing home patients

By Shelby Livingston  |  September 23, 2016

UPMC health system has announced the launch of a telemedicine software company that will help patients reach doctors during off hours. The move is aimed at reducing avoidable hospital admissions among nursing home patients.

Amedisys back in the acquisitions hunt

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 02, 2016

After a long hiatus from dealmaking, home health giant Amedisys is pursuing acquisitions again to expand geographically and add personal-care services to its traditional skilled-nursing offerings.

Stephen Flatt to lead nursing-home chain National Healthcare Corp.

Stephen Flatt to lead nursing-home chain National Healthcare Corp.

By Dave Barkholz  |  August 16, 2016

National Healthcare Corp., one of the nation's largest nursing home and assisted-living chains, has tapped its current president, Stephen Flatt, to be its next CEO. Flatt, who becomes CEO on Jan. 1, succeeds long-time CEO Robert Adams.

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