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Report Cards on 17,000 Nursing Homes Released

The federal government has released data on the quality of care delivered at the 17,000 nursing homes around the nation that care for Medicare or Medicaid patients. But a report terms the data "inacurate" and calls its release "premature."...

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Nursing Home Whistleblowers Powerless to Blow Whistle

The nursing home ombudsman program is generally failing to do its job of protecting residents from abuse and neglect, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, part of the paper's weeklong investigative series on preventable deaths in nursing...

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Is a 'Medicaid Divorce' Ethical?

A Seattle woman asks a New York Times advice columnist whether it is ethical to divorce a husband who suffers from Alzheimer's so that she can retain her assets while he qualifies for Medicaid. More . . .

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Medicare Expands Coverage for PET Scans

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Medicare beneficiaries will now be able to receive coverage of positron emission tomography (PET) to diagnose thyroid cancer and potential cardiac diseases. At the same time, CMS will...

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Putting the Home Into Nursing Homes

Around the country, a handful of new approaches are being tried to do away with the hospital model for nursing homes and replace it with care that gives meaning to residents' lives, according to an article in the Washington Post.

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