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Final FY 2017 Payment and Policy Changes for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities

July 29, 2016, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services  - On July 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule outlining fiscal year FY 2017 Medicare payment policies and rates for the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS), the…

CMS Releases Controversial Overall Star Ratings On Hospital Quality

July 27, 2016, Susan Morse, Healthcare Finance - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Wednesday released its star ratings for individual providers on its Hospital Compare website.  Last week, CMS said 102 hospitals earned five stars in its update, while 934 scored four stars;…

CMS Releases Star Ratings For Hospitals

July 27, 2016, Elizabeth Whitman, Modern Healthcare - The CMS published the much-anticipated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on Wednesday after industry stakeholders and Congress pressured…

Senior Living Organization, Nursing School Collaboration 'Breaks New Ground'

July 26, 2016, Lois Bowers, McKnight's Senior Living - A new collaboration between a senior living organization and a nursing school aims to improve the health of older adults, educate students about the elderly, and conduct research to benefit other retirement communities and educational…

Inside Brookdale’s Big Sustainability Push

July 26, 2016, Amy Baxter, Senior Housing News - The nation’s largest senior living provider has taken steps to make sustainability one of its top priorities and committed to a three-pronged approach.  Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) on Tuesday released its first sustainability report,…

Congressional Leaders Campaign For Tougher Nursing Home Regulations

July 26, 2016, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - More than 30 members of Congress aren't satisfied with proposed regulations for nursing homes and called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for harsher final rules.  In a…

BREAKING: CMS Proposes Mandatory Cardiac Bundled-Payment Pilot

July 25, 2016, Elizabeth Whitman, Modern HealthcareThe CMS took another step in the bundled payment journey Monday, proposing mandatory bundled payment models for heart attacks and bypass surgery that…

Court: Arbitration Agreement Still Enforceable Even Though SNF Doesn't Have Copy Of It

July 24, 2016, James Berklan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - A skilled nursing facility that doesn't have a copy of a signed arbitration agreement can still compel arbitration, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday.  Although Golden Living…

SNF Owner Led Record $1 billion Medicare Fraud Ring, Authorities Say

July 24, 2016, James Berklan, McKnight's - The owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing homes and assisted living facilities has been charged with leading a national record $1 billion-plus Medicare fraud scheme. Also accused in the alleged sprawling conspiracy that involved fraudulent…

Cafaro On Taking Ventas Across The $100 Billion Threshold

July 19, 2016, Amy Baxter, Senior Housing News - As the head of one of the biggest senior housing real estate owners in the nation, Debra Cafaro is a big deal.  As CEO and chairman of Ventas, Inc.…