March 2012

Federal Initiative to Focus on Care Coordination for Nursing Home Residents

A new federal initiative was unveiled last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, designed to reduce hospital admissions among nursing home residents by partnering care coordination providers with nursing facilities.

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States Can't Impose Blanket Ban on Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements

Some nursing homes and other residential care facilities, as a condition of admission, require that prospective residents waive their right to a jury trial and submit any claims for personal injury due to facility negligence to binding arbitration.

The United States Supreme Court has vacated an order of the West Virginia Supreme Court holding that such arbitration agreements are unenforceable as against public policy.

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