You had to know this was coming. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that many nursing homes are submitting massaged staffing and quality indicator data to the feds. The alleged reason? So facilities could pull better Five Star ratings.
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Some nursing homes are not accepting a dementia training resource sent by the government, even though it is free and recommended, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Nursing.
Skilled nursing facility Villa St. Francis and other members of the nationwide Catholic Benefits Association do not have to offer health plans covering contraception while they pursue litigation against the government, a federal judge has ruled.
Know your options if you are working at a company with less than 50 employees, and make sure you know whether you qualify for tax credit.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is law. And, for employers with 100 or more full time equivalent employees (FTE), the employer mandate is scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2015. With the deadline for compliance pushed out until January 2015, some organizations may still think they have time. Not true, the pressure is on — and the extra time must be used to take a more thoughtful and strategic approach to ACA compliance.
Some long-term care providers could face monthly penalties between $170 and $260 per employee if they do not meet the Affordable Care Act's so-called "employer mandate" next year, according to recently released estimates from global consulting firm Mercer.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican governor taking more Medicaid funding.
Initially many thought that the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act will be a popular piece of legislation. However, while provisions were popular with providers and some seniors, many were not especially among seniors who had coverage, those who will pay more (so-called wealthy seniors), and the insurance lobby. So what has changed and what will lead us to believe that ACA will last?
An Evangelical Christian who runs senior care facilities does not have to provide free contraception or sterilization for his female employees for the time being, a judge ruled Friday.
A group of House Republicans has told their leadership to defund any implementation of the Affordable Care Act in appropriations bills brought in the next Congressional session.
Did you hear the one about life's great lies? Here's part of the punch line: "I'm from the government and I came to help you." Providers familiar with the joke may have experienced a vague sense of déjà vu last week when the White House made this announcement: They are launching a healthcare reform website for business owners
A recently introduced House bill would change the Affordable Care Act's definition of full-time employment, which has been a sticking point for long-term care providers seeking to comply with the healthcare law's employer mandate.
The Obama administration has delayed implementing a key part of the Affordable Care Act, and a legal expert said operators should seize this opportunity.
Long-term care providers are offering lawmakers policy ideas aligned with the changing healthcare landscape in the United States, in an effort to control costs and improve quality while avoiding slashed reimbursements, according to Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of the American Health Care Association. The leader of the nation's largest long-term care provider organization spoke out this week for legislation based on $2 billion in savings through reduced hospital readmissions.
Outcome assessment should be seen as a tool for change management and will likely become the new standard for assessing resident care under the Affordable Care Act.
Because Medicare's growth rate will not eclipse a certain threshold, the program will be spared from potential Medicare cuts called for in the healthcare reform law, a top government official said.
According to a recent study by NEHI - a national health policy institute, entitled Improving Medication Adherence and Reducing Hospital Readmissions almost 20% of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted within 30 days - of which over half are potentially avoidable. A significant portion of hospital readmissions are caused by non-compliance to care plans.
Long-term care is one of seven employment sectors likely to see significant challenges based on health benefits requirements in the Affordable Care Act, according to payroll services provider ADP.
With $9 billion in Budget Relief Act sequester cuts to the U.S. skilled nursing facility (SNF) sector now just weeks away following the latest cut of at least $600 million in Medicare Part B therapy payments after passage of the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), we are making it a priority this month to ensure Congress carefully reviews the cascade of budget and regulatory changes since 2009 that leaves the nation's second largest health facility employer facing a staggering $65.6 billion in Medicare funding reductions over the next ten years.
Government officials moved forward with Affordable Care Act provisions Tuesday that include banning health insurance companies from discriminating based on pre-existing conditions, outlining standards for coverage, and promoting employee wellness programs.
If President Obama is re-elected in November, governors who have resisted implementing the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion will likely change their tune, a former government official speculated last week.
Legal experts say the Affordable Care Act's maintenance-of-effort (MOE) requirement — which prohibits states from tightening Medicaid eligibility — remains vulnerable to legal challenges.
States spent $9 billion more on supplemental Medicaid payments in 2010 than it did four years previously, according to a government investigation requested by Congress.
Seventeen new sites, which includes some skilled nursing facilities, were added to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services care transitions program, the agency announced Friday.
Government officials are reportedly undecided as to whether states can implement partial Medicaid expansions, according to reports.
When the Supreme Court ruled that most of Obamacare could stay on the books, it included a notable caveat: States couldn't be forced to participate in its expanded Medicaid provisions. Since then, this program's boundaries have become foggier than an al fresco breakfast in San Diego.
While the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, it struck a provision that said states would lose their Medicaid funding if they don't comply with the planned expansion.The ruling means progressive action on maximizing Medicaid reimbursement is still needed, a top long-term care advocate told McKnight's.
Accountable care organizations are expected to thrive even if the Supreme Court throws out the Affordable Care Act, healthcare law experts said Tuesday.
Three Affordable Care Act initiatives often touted as coordinating care and improving outcomes for elderly adults could actually make their circumstances worse, a new study suggests.