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Preferred Care Partners seeks to dismiss suit over care, billing issues

One of the nation's largest nursing home chains is looking to thwart what it alleges is a conspiracy by private law firms trying to convince state officials to sue large corporations. Texas-based Preferred Care Partners Management Group also is arguing to dismiss a lawsuit the state Attorney General filed against it last March.

OIG report prods federal regulators to get tougher

A Congressional watchdog group this week criticized the Department of Health & Human Services for failing to keep its improper payment rates low in its Medicare fee-for-service and Medicaid programs.

CVS to buy Omnicare in $12.7 billion deal

As the American population gets older, pharmacies and other health care providers are increasingly positioning themselves to capitalize and serve the needs of this demographic. This group often needs drugs for chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, as well as lifesaving medications for sudden conditions like infections or pneumonia.

Nursing home firm seeks dismissal of lawsuit; AG blasts back

A nursing home chain has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the state Attorney General’s Office, saying the case is “an egregious display of greed and opportunism” by a Washington, D.C., law firm that pushed for two years to convince the state to file the action.

Inappropriate photos lead to local nursing home investigation

An investigation into employees at the Waters of Scottsburg, in Indiana, is underway after inappropriate photos of a patient reportedly surfaced on social media.

Bundled post acute payment plan could cost SNFs

Nursing homes' loss would be home healthcare's gain under a controversial plan that would create site-neutral payments for post-acute care.

Providers fuming after MedPAC calls for cancellation of Medicare pay raise

The nursing home industry's largest trade group is pushing back hard against MedPAC's recommendation that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services forego its planned request for $500 million in increased nursing home funding for fiscal 2016.

Nonprofit nursing homes earn higher 5-star ratings

Nonprofit nursing homes tend to earn higher ratings on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home 5-Star Rating System than their for-profit counterparts, according to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation.