The nation's top Medicare official, Jonathan Blum, is leaving his post next month, news outlets reported Tuesday. Blum became a familiar figure to long-term care providers through Open Door Forum calls and other outreach efforts during his five-year tenure, as he guided implementation of Medicare reforms under the Affordable Care Act.
Skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies are among 232 healthcare providers that have entered into agreements to take part in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday.
Dual eligibles who moved from a long-term care facility to home- and community-based services had a 40% increased risk of a potentially preventable hospital stay, according to recently published research.
When we at McKnight's host a special roundtable discussion, I look forward to getting to know the esteemed participants. Captains of the profession, they typically have evolved from nurses, business managers and doctors into C-suite inhabitants — extremely observant top executives, in fact.
Top long-term care officers tackled some of the field's main challenges, exchanged perspectives on new opportunities and shared ideas on what the future might hold.
Captains of the long-term care profession get to their lofty positions by using their intellect and superior vision skills, as a gathering of minds recently re-emphasized.
Sometimes long-term care providers struggle to find meaning in the signs that are strewn in their path. Whether it's legalese, regulatory gobbledy-gook or some form of bureaucracy, uncertain messages confront providers seemingly every day.
Two research organizations are teaming up for a major study to reduce the number of fall-related injuries among seniors. Provider input is requested.
By negotiating now, a nursing home can have a strong voice in an Accountable Care Organization. Otherwise, ACOs will come to nursing homes in two or three years with a "take it or leave it" proposition, according to John Durso, a partner at the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris LLP and a McKnight's Expert columnist.
Healthcare journalists may have fallen inadvertently into triggering a Pavlovian response in our readers: We write "hospital readmissions" and you click.
Skilled nursing facilities that delay joining an Accountable Care Organization will likely be losers in the healthcare marketplace, according to John Durso, a partner at the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris LLP. Durso recently offered tips for nursing homes that are negotiating to join an integrated care network.
Medicare beneficiaries should be allowed to enroll in a network that would "incentivize higher quality" and more cost-effective and coordinated care, according to a new report whose authors include three former Senators.
Palliative care should follow care coordination and quality improvement processes called for by the Affordable Care Act, according to updated guidelines from the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care.
As part of an effort to improve coordination among different care settings and reduce rehospitalizations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is now accepting two new codes related to transitional care.
Accountable care organizations contracting with Medicare might double in January, according to the head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.
A snapshot of hospitals involved in accountable care organizations finds that they are making progress in improving the coordination of care.
Those most likely to benefit from participation in accountable care organizations may face the biggest barriers to enrollment, a new report suggests.
Long-term care providers must collaborate and create partnerships with their acute care counterparts in order to make efficient use of new technology, a health information management expert told listeners at a special McKnight's webcast Tuesday.
States eager to test payment reform models for federal health programs can apply for awards totaling $275 million, courtesy of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Many states are considering their options in the wake of a seemingly favorable Supreme Court ruling. The nation's highest court ruled that Congress exceeded its reach when it threatened states with a total Medicaid funding cutoff if they failed to participate in an expanded Medicaid program.
Accountable care organizations are expected to thrive even if the Supreme Court throws out the Affordable Care Act, healthcare law experts said Tuesday.
For many, it appears that finding their own answers to long-term care's challenges and opportunities is the first and only default option. But the future means finding some dance partners.
Provider groups are pushing Congress to replace the formula Medicare uses to reimburse physicians and eliminate other regulatory burdens.
In anticipation of payment reforms centering on coordinated care, health systems and a major Tennessee insurer are establishing a bundled payment system for joint replacements.
Healthcare reform efforts targeted at reducing hospital readmissions are here to stay, experts told participants in a McKnight's webcast Tuesday.
Conservative healthcare analysts warned a House committee that several provisions of the Affordable Care Act could cause further industry consolidation and weaken Medicare.
Physicians largely lead the first group of Medicare Shared Savings accountable care organizations, but long-term care facilities will be an integral part of their future success, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said Tuesday.
Healthcare providers should work on keeping Alzheimer's patients out of a hospital before they enter a nursing home, a new study suggests.
You may not like — nay, hate — the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Supreme Court may agree with you. That doesn't mean the justices will strike it down.
The federal government on Wednesday unveiled the first draft of its national action plan against Alzheimer's disease. Building on the framework published in January, the draft released by the Department of Health and Human Services yesterday proposes the creation of registries to better direct Alzheimer's sufferers into clinical trials.