The United States is likely to favor an approach to long-term care financing reform that values self-reliance but includes some form of social safety net, according to a new report from a panel of experts.
There's been a lot of talk lately about what constitutes "comprehensive" health insurance coverage — and long-term care notably has not been part of this national conversation.
When the federal Commission on Long-term Care issued its report last month, there was a sense of déjà vu all over again. Sixteen years ago, in New York State, we were staff person and task force member, respectively, for New York's Task Force on Long-term care Financing. Despite the passage of time, there were some interesting similarities between the federal Commission and the New York State Task Force -- these included the compressed time frame for deliberations and the issuance of dissenting reports.
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.
A strong relationship between a hospital and a skilled nursing facility reduces the readmission rate among patients discharged to that SNF, according to recently published research.
Nearly 500 long-term care pharmacies signed a letter urging Congress to prohibit certain Medicare reimbursement practices, the Senior Care Pharmacy Alliance announced Thursday.
Managed care organizations are set to play a bigger role in how long-term care is provided for people currently eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, and providers should focus on having the right capabilities in place for them, according to a new report. Released by merchant bank TripleTree, it also identifies technology vendors enabling these capabilities in the long-term and post-acute care settings.
October has proven to be a big month for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the launch of the public exchanges and the political maneuverings in Washington. Although many in the healthcare industry welcomed the delay of ACA's employer mandate, it's important to understand how decisions your organization makes in 2014 will impact 2015.
Omnicare, the nation's largest long-term care pharmaceutical services provider, is positioned to be successful as insurance coverage expands under the Affordable Care Act, according to CEO John Workman.
Operators, including many providers of ancillary services, are getting ready for the 24th annual meeting of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care. The event will take place Oct. 6-8 at the Phoenix Convention Center. Recently confirmed as a featured speaker is David W. Saÿen, administrator for the San Francisco Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He'll address implications of the Affordable Care Act, including insurance exchanges. Other sessions will tackle CMS' "expanding audit empire," health data exchanges and other top issues.
In a preview of what may be coming in 2014, the Senate Conservatives Fund has booked a $340,000 television ad attacking a Republican leader over Affordable Care Act funding.
The Internal Revenue Service handed down instructions for following the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate Thursday, and encouraged insurers and employers to start following draft rules in 2014 on a voluntary basis.
Federal regulators have added another layer of bureaucracy for hospice providers operating within skilled nursing facilities.
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.
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.
Providers are invited to attend "Implementing the Affordable Care Act: Countdown to Employer Requirements: What to know about being in compliance," a webinar about the Affordable Care Act's implementation on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. Eastern.
Organizations may serve as authorized representatives for nursing home residents in the Medicaid application and enrollment process, according to a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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.
Providers can learn the best practices to jump into an accountable care organization in "Ensuring Your Place in an Accountable Care Network. This webinar will be at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Aug. 8.
In the final rule, CMS confirmed that organizations may serve as representatives, specifically citing the needs of nursing home residents who do not have family available for assistance. The rule also defines what authorized representatives may do, such as signing an application on a resident's behalf, and specifies that representatives must follow state and federal laws regarding conflict of interest and confidentiality of information.
Go beyond the basics of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate and hear at a July 30 McKnight's webcast from a national expert on healthcare reform and policy to understand how it will impact long-term care providers. This webcast will give special views of the ACA and teach what tools and processes are still needed today to comply with the extended deadline.
The Affordable Care Act's employer-provided health insurance mandate is Constitutional, according to a July 11 federal appeals court ruling. The Obama administration recently announced the employer mandate implementation is delayed one year, giving nursing homes and other potentially affected businesses until Jan. 1, 2015, to prepare.
When the Obama administration recently announced it would push back the healthcare law's employer insurance mandate for another year, many a long-term care operator rejoiced. I'm guessing there will be more postponing and tweaking.
No sane person can criticize someone who admits being confused about how medical insurance should be funded, especially for seniors. Last week, a pair of innocently juxtaposed stories highlighted the struggle extremely well.
The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a key model that meets the vision of the ACA through its deliverance of coordinated, high-quality care by integrated groups of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers. This new level of responsibility has individuals pressed at every level of healthcare — from policymakers to care providers, health economists and politicians − to seek out healthcare services that offer the most value. Chiropractic care is positioned as a key value contributor in the delivery system, especially when considering the elderly population.
Nursing home advocates cheered the Obama administration's recent decision to delay implementing a key part of the Affordable Care Act, and a legal expert said operators must seize this opportunity to prepare for the future.
Extendicare, a major North American long-term care operator, may sell off its 158 U.S. facilities before the end of the year. The company's move to separate its Canadian and U.S. businesses could strike an ominous note to other providers as the Affordable Care Act speeds toward full implementation.
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.
Staff scheduling and labor management software company OnShift announced a new release meant to support Affordable Care Act compliance requirements.