Best links of the week, 10-11

Below are some of the most important, interesting, or instructive articles our team read this week. Enjoy!

NEW ABUSE ICON ON NURSING HOME COMPARE

CMS is rolling out a new icon later this month on Nursing Home Compare. The move is intended to warn consumers about prior resident abuse, but some aging services leaders say it’s misleading. (McKnight’s)

DOCTOR CLAIMS INCENTIVES GIVEN FOR PRESCRIBING OPIOIDS

A doctor has sued Kaiser Permanente, alleging she was fired for voicing concerns over patient satisfaction evaluations that penalize doctors who refuse to prescribe opioids. (The News Tribune)

HEALTHCARE SPENDING REVIEW

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study estimating the cost of healthcare waste in the United States to be between $760 and $935 annually. They cite the greatest source of waste to be “administrative complexity.” (Business Wire)

RETAILERS LOOK TO ENTER SENIOR HEALTH MARKET

Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon are all making moves to capitalize on opportunities within the home health care space. Their specific focus? Keeping seniors out of institutional settings. (Skilled Nursing News)

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