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Are Sub-Acute Facilities Really that Different?

Sub-acute facilities are a relatively recent trend and are beginning to appear more and more. Why? It is simple: money. Recent reimbursement rates changes from Medicare make it such that a nursing home can get higher reimbursement rates for a resident that needs more specialized care (such as tracheotomy care, intravenous tube feeding and complex…

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Insurance Companies May Have Financial Reasons to Dump Patients on Hospice

Insurance Companies May Have Financial Reasons to Dump Patients on Hospice There is a recent trend developing in hospice care for those covered under the Medicare Advantage Plans. For those unfamiliar with Medicare Advantage plans, they are plans where Medicare-eligible persons receive coverage from private health insurance through Medicare. They generally have lower premiums than…

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Medicare Reimbursements To Nursing Homes Will Increase By in 2015

Medicare Reimbursements To Nursing Homes Will Increase By in 2015 The long term care industry (nursing home industry) is high fiving each other because they successfully negotiated another $750 Million pay increase in 2015 from Medicare. This is the same industry that in the fiscal year 2012, Medicare paid $32.2 Billion (yes that is Billion…

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Bill AB1572 Strengthens The Rights Of Residential Care Facility Residents

Bill AB1572 Strengthens The Rights Of Residential Care Facility Residents AB1572 was just signed into law by Governor Brown. AB1572 strengthens the rights of RCFE residents and their families to form resident and family councils. Resident and family councils are a powerful tool to improve the quality of life and care in RCFEs. This new…

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The U.S. Government Releases Startling Statistics About Elder Abuse

The U.S. Government Releases Startling Statistics About Elder Abuse U.S. Government Releases Startling Statistics About Elder Abuse – The U.S. Government recently published the Elder Justice Road Map Project in response to emerging health, financial, and social crisis. This initiative was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice with the support of the Department of…

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Nursing Home Claims That Woman Died After Her Ventilator “Malfunctioned”

In the latest nursing home death case, the Attorney General’s Office and the State Department of Health are investigating the death of a 71 year old woman in the ventilator unit at Medford Nursing Home where employees are already facing criminal charges in the death of another resident in the same unit. The spokesman for…

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Ensign Group Buys More California Nursing Homes

Ensign Group Buys More California Nursing Homes Ensign Group, a parent company that owns skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation care facilities, home healthcare, hospice and assisted living facilities throughout California and other states, announced that it has agreed to purchase Keiro Senior Health Care’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This purchase will increase Ensign’s market…

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Drugs And Medication Errors – An Epidemic Problem In Nursing Homes

Drugs and Medication Errors – An Epidemic Problem in Nursing Homes Recent news out of Florida cited to the fact that in the past three years, 43% of nursing homes have been cited for deficiencies directly or indirectly related to medication errors according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services data, which highlights the…

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Whistleblower Appreciation Day

Whistleblower Appreciation Day In honor of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day (July 30th), we want to highlight the legislative safeguards and protections for patients, healthcare workers, nurses, members of medical staff make a complaint of suspected unsafe patient care and/or conditions. California Health & Safety Code Section 1278.5 makes it illegal for a health facility to…

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Bed handles Found In Nursing Homes Are Recalled After Three Deaths

Bed handles Found In Nursing Homes Are Recalled After Three Deaths Bed handles Found in Nursing Homes – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) and Bedhandles, Inc. announced the voluntary recall of over 110,000 adult portable bedhandles used in beds in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This recall was announced after three elderly…

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