Also in the News for Monday, June 18

OIG will review inappropriate Medicare Advantage denials, other CMS activity in expanded plan ... Nurse who stole opioid patches from residents' bodies faces 15 years in prison ... Using NSAID pain relievers increases cardiovascular risk in osteoarthritis patients

Skyline avoids class-action suit in Arkansas

A federal judge has dismissed a potential class action lawsuit against Skyline Highland Holdings — an entity connected to the operator whose homes went into receivership en masse this spring — ruling the case was without merit because attorneys failed to describe specific harm to residents.

Long-term care deals drove busy May

A month of more than 90 healthcare transactions was led by long-term care movers and shakers, according to a list compiled for Bloomberg Law.

Report: CMS hospital star ratings wrong for two years

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has miscalculated hospital star ratings for two years, according to a startling report published by Modern Healthcare Friday.

Will Law Schools Support And Teach Whistleblower Corporate Justice?

Shutterstock Whistleblowers have long been recognized as one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against corporate wrongdoing.  With the advent of the #MeToo Movement, Paradise papers and Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model, whistleblowers have assumed their rightful place as pivotal agents of global change. So, why have law schools been slow to support...

Ronald A. Fossum, Jr. and Alonzo R. Cahoon

Washington-Based Investment Adviser Settles Charges of Multi-Million Dollar Scheme

Outwit and Outlast the New Regulations

June 24-27, Lisa Thomson, Sue LaGrange and Donna Webb are joining other health care professionals at NADONA’s 31stNational Conference in Grand Rapids, MI to celebrate Nurse Leader membership achievements, enhance networking opportunities and offer insight through various presentations. This year’s theme, “Outwit…Outlast…Surviving Regulatory Updates,” details the need for industry leaders to learn the new regulations...

Also in the news for Friday, June 15

Rough flu season, managed Medicare increase not enough to reverse declines in nursing home occupancy ... Congressman drafting Medicare long-term care benefit, but it needs bipartisan support and lots of money ... "Chronically poor" nursing home claims 4-Star rating when it has 1—and that's the least of its problems

Veterans Affairs unveils first rankings for its 133 nursing homes

Rankings unveiled by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the first time this week allow consumers to compare 133 federally run nursing homes against thousands of privately operated ones ranked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Quality group urges CMS to reconsider dropping safety measures

The Leapfrog Group, widely known as an arbiter of quality in acute care circles, is opposing a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to cut safety measures from two quality reporting programs.

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