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                                            Industry view differs Feds taking on
                                                                   worst facilities
                                            on rehab ‘overbilling’                                                          By John O’Connor
                                                                                                                            The Centers for Medicare &
                                                                                                                            Medicaid Services should ramp
                                                                                                                            up efforts to improve the nation’s
                                                                                                                            worst nursing homes, says the Gen-
      CMS nominee Donald Berwick                                                                                            eral Accountability Office.
                                                                                                                                One way is to compile a nation-
     Obama names                                                                                                            wide list of the poorest-perform-
                                                                                                                            ing facilities, according to a new
     new CMS boss                                                                                                           report. Another is to warn at-risk
                                                                                                                            facilities that they might soon be
      By James m. Berklan                                                                                                   added to the government’s Special
      After several months of open                                                                                          Focus Facilities list. Yet another
      speculation, and fresh off push-                                                                                      is for CMS to offer more specific
      ing through his healthcare reform                                                                                     guidance in its directives. In addi-
      package, President Obama nomi-                                                                                        tion, states should take monitoring
      nated Dr. Donald Berwick on                                                                                           and enforcement more seriously,
      April 19 to become administra-               
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