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Court tells EEOC to reconsider wellness plan incentives ... CMS launches new healthcare quality and certification data website ... Irish nursing homes under fire for allegedly charging residents to attend Mass

Training an advanced practice nurse to lead a nursing home care team has shown promise for improving staff communication and the way facilities handle mobility, hydration and end-of-life care issues, a new study shows.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services is extending the deadline for skilled nursing facilities to submit assessment measure data due to coding issues discovered this week, the agency announced on Wednesday.

An Illinois skilled nursing facility that was penalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will have to pay more than $60,000 in Immediate Jeopardy fines despite its argument that no residents were harmed as a result of its noncompliance, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is working on initiatives aimed at alleviating providers' burden and simplifying federal regulations, Administrator Seema Verma said in a blog post published Tuesday.

Rural veterans may soon have easier access to long-term care under a future proposal being considered by Veterans Affairs officials.

Hispanic LTC consumers have little confidence that nursing homes can meet their cultural needs ... Seniors with confusion have 50% higher mortality rate after hospital stay ... Former SNF social worker sentenced to 1 year in jail for stealing $97,000 from residents, Medicaid

A Pennsylvania court affirmed a harassment conviction last week against a man who called a skilled nursing facility and threatened to "raise hell" and open fire over the quality of his parents' care.

Recent proposals to cancel or change some of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' bundled payment initiatives may end up hurting care quality, increasing Medicare costs and stalling the agency's move to value-based care, experts are warning.

Palliative care consults in SNFs 'not just for the dying,' study says ... Dementia can double aging-related healthcare costs ... Vitamin D deficiency may lead to 12 times the heart failure risk in seniors

Hospice providers are showing impressive scores on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently unveiled Hospice Compare website — but those high marks are casting some doubt on whether the site will become a truly useful tool for consumers.

Hacking-related healthcare breaches up 162% this year ... Visual impairment in seniors linked to poor cognitive function ... Telemedicine works as well as in-person treatment for Parkinson's, study says

Gastrointestinal issues are the most commonly reported health problem among female nurses, a recently published analysis of more than 20,000 female healthcare workers shows.

Polypharmacy may be the culprit behind overtreatment for hypertension and diabetes among nursing home residents, a new study shows.

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