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Massive Budget Cuts Prevent Iowa Ombudsmen from Visiting Nursing Homes

In response to massive budget cuts to Iowa’s Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, the state agency has eliminated nearly all staff visits to nursing homes and assisted care facilities. The most recent session of the Iowa Legislature resulted in lawmakers cutting $500,000 from the Office of the State…

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Reversing Forced Arbitration Ban Will Continue Nursing Homes’ Lack of Legal Accountability

In June 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) declared its intention to reverse its previous ruling banning the use of forced arbitration in nursing homes. The ban was announced in September 2016 and originally set to go into effect on Nov. 28, 2016. However, the effective date…

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New Proposal Lifts Ban on Forced Arbitration in Nursing Homes

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed reversing a controversial ruling that prohibited the use of forced arbitration in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The ruling, set to go into effect in November 2016, banned facilities from entering into pre-dispute arbitration agreements with residents…

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New Nursing Home Regulations Aim to Reduce Elder Abuse

New federal regulations of nursing homes will provide residents and their families more involvement in deciding a resident’s care and granting them stronger rights when filing a complaint against a facility. The regulations, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), went into effect on Nov. 28, 2016 and…

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Nursing Home Arbitration Ban Hits Temporary Roadblock

A U.S. District Court judge for the Northern District of Mississippi has temporarily blocked a federal ruling that ends the use of forced arbitration agreements in most nursing homes and long term care facilities. The judge has blocked the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ruling from going into effect on…

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Kindred Pays Largest Corporate Integrity Fine in History

Kindred Healthcare Inc. has been ordered to pay a $3.07 million fine after it was found that the company violated a corporate integrity agreement with the federal government. The fine is the largest of its kind in history. Kindred, the largest provider of post-acute care in the country, agreed to…

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CMS Bans the Use of Forced Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Homes

On Sept. 28, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation banning the use of forced arbitration agreements by nursing homes that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding. The change is the most significant overhaul of the agency’s governing of…

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Nursing Home Patients Vulnerable to Abuse Through Arbitration Clauses

In a New York Times opinion piece, the newspaper’s editorial board highlighted the dangers that arbitration clauses pose for nursing home residents suffering from abuse or neglect. The article noted that a soon-to-be finalized federal rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services fails to hold nursing homes…

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New Quality Measures for Five-Star Nursing Home Scores

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid announced it will be implementing five new quality measures into the Five-Star Quality nursing home rating system this July. Quality of care scores are important for families who are researching nursing home facilities for their loved ones. These scores provide valuable information and insight…

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High Cost of Care Continues to Rise in Wisconsin

According to the recent Genworth 2016 Annual Cost of Care Study, the overall cost of long-term care in Wisconsin, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day services and home care, has increased from 2015. The average cost for in-home care in the state can cost as much as $52,624…

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