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Lack of communication betweens SNFs, hospitals may spread superbugs ... 2 SNF nurses charged with abuse after allegedly depriving resident of food, medication ... Lawmakers eyeing last-minute changes to Graham-Cassidy bill in effort to win over holdouts

The National Association of Medicaid Directors and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined long-term care provider groups late last week in rejecting Republican lawmakers' latest Affordable Care Act replacement bill.

1 in 7 SNF residents prescribed opioids long-term, study finds ... California sued over alleged racial discrimination behind low Medicaid payments ... Hatch: CMS is 'rushing' changes to home health payment system

Older nursing home residents and those with more severe psychiatric symptoms may receive more appropriate psychotropic prescriptions than others, a new study suggests.

More than half of funding cuts in Cassidy-Graham bill would come from Medicaid ... Provider gets IJ citation after resident's overfeeding death ... Critics slam HHS Secretary's travels on private jets

Democratic lawmakers lashed out on Wednesday against news that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning to take its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation in a "new direction."

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies ... Woman pleads guilty to $5 million Medicare scheme involving hearing-related services in SNFs... AHCA/NCAL announces Gold National Quality Award winners

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning on revamping its seven-year-old Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Administrator Seema Verma said on Wednesday.

The death toll from the Florida skilled nursing facility that lost its air conditioning following Hurricane Irma rose to nine residents on Tuesday, as the provider geared up for a legal battle with state officials over its loss of Medicaid funding.

Participating in a bundled payment program helped improve care quality and lower costs for the majority of providers across the continuum, according to the results of a new small-scale survey.

Republican lawmakers' last shot at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline is not earning any fans in the long-term care sector, the nation's largest provider groups confirmed on Tuesday.

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