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Consumer Voice

Tori Schall hosts “Advocating for the Aging” through RVN TV. There is an interview with Lori Smetanka, ED of Consumer Voice. The topics discussed are the major issues affecting the industry. Consumer Voice’s perspective and current legislative efforts are heroic. See the interview here

Fraud Control

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued an annual report on Medicaid fraud investigations. The report shows more than 1,000 open investigations into patient abuse or neglect at skilled nursing facilities. With 311 cases, nursing homes also led in open fraud investigations among inpatient and residential providers. Overall in 2022, the Medicaid fraud

Medicare Solvency

“When Medicare was passed, the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans didn’t have more than five times the wealth of the bottom 50 percent combined and it only makes sense that some adjustments be made to reflect that reality today. Let’s ask them to pay their fair share so that the millions of workers who helped

Nurse Addiction

A horrific situation in Indiana caught my eye. Police accuse Miranda Kahn of stealing medication from a patient at a nursing home where she worked. The registered nurse denied stealing a medication called gabapentin. Officers found a bottle of the nerve pain pills in her home with the label partially ripped off. Later, investigators found text

Ranking SC Nursing Homes

Nursing home rankings can be helpful but often are misleading if based on unreliable data. For example, the State had an interesting article listing the worst nursing homes in South Carolina. The rankings were based on based on CMS’ five-star rating system for nursing homes. The CMS star rating system is based on staffing, health

The End of SavaSeniorCare…Again

SavaSeniorCare will cease to exist as a company and transition into “regional operators” by the end of January 2023. CMS data showed as September 2022, Sava downsized to the 11th-largest U.S. nursing home operator. Sava had 92 facilities. Sava blames COVID and not fiscal mismanagement. The operator and its related entities agreed to pay $11.2 million


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