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U.S. judge’s ruling may weaken some whistleblower cases on health care fraud

April 19th, 2016 | Posted in Uncategorized

By Burt Schorr DecisionHealth The ability of whistleblowers to accuse home health agencies, hospices and other providers of Medicare fraud under the False Claims Act would be seriously weakened, if not eliminated, unless a March 31 decision by a federal district court judge in Alabama is reversed, attorneys representing whistleblowers say. The case involves JusticeRead More

Three changes consumers can expect in next year’s Obamacare coverage

March 15th, 2016 | Posted in Consumer Focus, Insurance Coverage

By Julie Appleby / Kaiser Health News Health insurance isn’t simple. Neither are government regulations. Put the two together and things can get confusing fast. So it’s not surprising that federal regulators took a stab at making things a bit more straightforward for consumers in new rules unveiled in late February and published Tuesday in the Federal Register.Read More

Hospitals required to keep caregivers in the loop

January 26th, 2016 | Posted in Advocacy Stories, Consumer Focus, Long-Term Care

By Anna Gorman  Kaiser Health News GLENDALE, Calif. – Diana Matsushima cares for both her husband and sister-in-law full time, giving them their medications and driving them to their doctor appointments. But when either ends up hospitalized, Matsushima said her role as their primary caregiver is often overlooked. She isn’t always included in the discussionsRead More

New guidelines boost diabetes screening for overweight adults

December 14th, 2015 | Posted in Clinical Trends, Consumer Focus, Patient Tools, Quality Care

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News More people who are overweight or obese may get screened for diabetes under new guidelines released this week by a panel of prevention experts. Those whose blood sugar is higher than normal now can be referred to nutrition and exercise counseling without paying anything out of pocket for it. “ObesityRead More

Caregivers, advocates play an important role in avoiding patient restraint and seclusion

December 14th, 2015 | Posted in Advocacy 101, Consumer Focus, Quality Care

Facilities across the health care industry have seen a rash of patient injuries related to restraint and seclusion over the past year, with some cases so severe as to endanger not only the patient’s life, but the Medicare funding for the hospital involved. Reducing the use of restraints and seclusion in health care facilities requiresRead More