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Reform Update: Wisconsin proceeds with plan to trim Medicaid rolls
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 24, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
More than 56,000 low-income households in Wisconsin are expected to receive letters this week informing them that they will stop receiving Medicaid coverage at the end of the year. They will be told they can apply for federally subsidized private coverage in the state health insurance exchange,...
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Vital Signs
Bill aims to eliminate skilled nursing's 'three-day rule'
By Joe Carlson | September 20, 2013
Responding to criticism that Medicare is not paying for enough seniors' skilled-nursing care following serious hospitalizations, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) has introduced a bill that would eliminate a barrier to rehab care known as the “three-day rule.”
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Nursing homes' drug use falls
By Wall Street Journal | August 27, 2013
An effort by the government and the nursing-home industry has reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among elderly nursing-home residents, but the decline fell short of the program's goal.
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Post-Acute Care Survey
By Modern Healthcare | August 26, 2013
Modern Healthcare's 14th annual survey of post-acute care organizations is open for participation.
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Federal policymakers to develop EHR testing program for behavioral health, long-term care facilities
By Joseph Conn | August 07, 2013
Federal health information technology policymakers plan to establish a voluntary program for the testing and certification of electronic health-record systems used by long-term care, post-acute care and behavioral health providers.
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CMS final rule on inpatient stays offers payment increases
By Joseph Conn | August 02, 2013 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has issued its final Medicare 2014 payment rule for inpatient stays at acute-care hospitals and long-term care facilities.
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Home is where the hazards are | Support workers should be prepared when working in clients' homes
By Steve Bills | July 20, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
When addressing healthcare workplace safety concerns, most executives immediately think about hospital safety. They rarely think about one of the most hazardous professions in healthcare—the home healthcare aide.
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Design by committee | Deadline looms for long-term care proposals
By Jessica Zigmond | July 12, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Asking 15 experts to solve a $200 billion-plus problem that has stymied federal lawmakers for decades seems challenging enough. Add to that task a deadline of less than three months, a bitterly divided Congress and a battle-weary administration.
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Inside institutionalization | Author-activist discusses lives of the disabled
By Modern Healthcare | May 25, 2013 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Playwright Susan Nussbaum, 59, has written an eye-opening first novel that is already generating controversy among the providers who care for the thousands of American children with intellectual, physical and emotional disabilities. Good Kings Bad Kings, released from Algonquin Press this...
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Healthcare owners shun nursing homes
By Wall Street Journal | May 01, 2013
Some of the nation's largest healthcare landlords are pulling back from nursing homes on concerns they will be less profitable in an era of steep Medicare and Medicaid cuts.
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