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Inflation caused by a workforce shortage continues to drive up construction costs for both high-end and middle-range skilled nursing facilities, according to a brief published last week.

States may receive their Medicaid funding in block grants under President Donald Trump's plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, one of his advisers reported this weekend.

Researchers testing online platform to improve medication monitoring in SNFs ... CMS officially housing Advancing Excellence, organization announces ... Guide released on mental health issues in seniors

Sepsis causes more hospital readmissions than any of the conditions used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to levy readmission penalties, according to a new analysis.

Nearly 400,000 providers to join alternative payment models in 2017 ... California may end dual-eligible care coordination program for LTSS ... Researchers find way to use patients' heartbeats as password to EHR

Taking a cue from the incoming president, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt is using Twitter to let the public know that while his tenure with the agency is ending, his defense of the Affordable Care Act isn't.

McKesson to pay $150 million in record settlement over 'suspicious' drug orders ... GAO targets improper Medicare, Medicaid payments ... American Geriatrics Society calls on Trump to focus on healthcare workforce shortage

The rate of potentially avoidable hospitalizations among dual-eligible long-term care residents fell by nearly a third in recent years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported on Tuesday.

Many nursing home providers are missing out on opportunities to reduce unnecessary care and cut healthcare costs by not having residents' advance directives on file, according to recent research.

LTC resident gets life sentence for beating fellow resident to death ... Report: HHS nominee Price received campaign donations for introducing bill to delay bundled payments ... CMS finalizes Medicaid rule with controversial limits on pass-through payments

Long-term care providers should consider cyber security when developing and reviewing their emergency-preparedness plans, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services advised in a memo sent Friday.

Guidance on medication repackaging recently published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is earning praise from one long-term care pharmacy group, which says the final guidelines help reduce drug-related risks for residents.

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