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HealthSouth acquires CareSouth

By Michael Sandler  |  August 31, 2015

In a move that follows the consolidation trend in the post-acute care industry, Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth Corp. Monday announced plans to acquire CareSouth Health System, a privately held home-healthcare company based in Augusta, Ga.

Pace of post-acute care M&A deals slows

By Michael Sandler and Beth Kutscher  |  August 25, 2015

Companies in the post-acute care and senior housing sectors continue to be opportunistic when it comes to mergers and acquisitions, but the difficult task of combining organizations is forcing some to take a breather.

Nursing homes' use of binding arbitration comes under fire

Nursing homes' use of binding arbitration comes under fire

By Lisa Schencker  |  August 08, 2015

There's general agreement that a CMS rule barring nursing facilities from requiring arbitration agreements is long overdue. But while industry representatives generally support the proposed rule, parts of it have left some trial lawyers and patient advocates fuming.

Why TeamHealth plans to pay $1.6 billion for IPC Healthcare

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 04, 2015

Healthcare staffing firm TeamHealth Holdings on Tuesday squashed rumors that it is buying IPC Healthcare to stave off its own acquisition. The company says it's purchasing the hospitalist services provider to broaden a footprint in both acute and post-acute physician services.

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.

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.

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