Failure to Report Allegations of Abuse or Neglect

Federal law requires that Medicare and Medicaid certified skilled nursing facilities report abuse and neglect allegations and subsequent investigations/findings to the appropriate governmental authorities within a specified timeframe. The Office of Inspector General just issued its August 2014 report and concluded that nursing homes only correctly reported allegations of abuse or neglect, as federally required,…

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New York Times Report – How Nursing Homes Can Game The System

A recent article by the New York Times examines the five star rating system for nursing homes and exposes how nursing homes can game the system. Including Rosewood Post Acute Rehabilitation, a North American Healthcare facility located in Sacramento, California. The Medicare ratings, are based in large part on self-reported data by nursing homes that…

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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 with a capital B) for skilled nursing facility services.[1] According…

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

The U.S. Government recently published the Elder Justice Road Map Project in response to an emerging health, financial and social crisis. This initiative was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice with the support of the Department of Health and Human Services. In the report, the Government identifies the human and economic toll that elder…

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Medicare Takes Action against Never-Events

Medicare Attempts to Reduce Health Care Costs and Promote Patient Safety Certain types of medical errors should never happen.  According to the California Association of Health Plans, preventable medical errors are a leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in over $4.5 billion in additional health spending annually.  Beginning in October 2008, in…

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