Affordable Care Act

Republicans gain Senate control; McConnell puts ACA provisions in crosshairs

Republicans gain Senate control; McConnell puts ACA provisions in crosshairs

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Congress will try to dismantle some parts of the Affordable Care Act now that the Republican Party has the majority of seats in both chambers, prospective Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday.

LTC-related deals took the lead in the second quarter

LTC-related deals took the lead in the second quarter

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Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Stars aligned for shift

Stars aligned for shift

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The Five Star rating system is about to get retooled, thanks to a scathing report in The New York Times. The only real question is how extensive the changes will be.

ACA hasn't created more part-time workers, analysis says

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Despite fears to the contrary, there's no evidence that the Affordable Care Act increased part-time work before 2014, according to a new analysis.

Little Sisters of the Poor presses contraceptive mandate case, says government's latest solution isn't good enough

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The Little Sisters of the Poor is not satisfied with the federal government's recent regulations and will continue its challenge against the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, the Catholic long-term care provider stated in a legal brief filed Monday.

Why the survey system may never be fixed

Why the survey system may never be fixed

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Given certain realities about skilled-nursing facility inspections, we should not be wondering why cheating has occurred. Rather, we should be amazed it hasn't been more rampant.

Providers warming up to free dementia resource, feds note

Providers warming up to free dementia resource, feds note

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Nursing homes are no longer returning or refusing a free dementia care training resource, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume and value: PwC report

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume and value: PwC report

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Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter of 2014, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Readmission penalty categories inspire more analysis and opportunity

Readmission penalty categories inspire more analysis and opportunity

The Medicare stakes are about to get higher.

Pierson oversees healthcare group at Squire Patton Boggs

Pierson oversees healthcare group at Squire Patton Boggs

Eugenia Pierson become the chairwoman of the Health Care Policy practice at Squire Patton Boggs last month. She represents a range of healthcare clients, including hospitals, physicians, post-acute care providers, manufactures and coalitions.

New plan to revamp the ACA would transfer federal funding of long-term care

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Better outcomes and cost savings could be achieved if states exclusively funded long-term care for Medicaid beneficiaries, a prominent expert has proposed in a plan that would comprehensively transform the nation's healthcare system.

Why be optimistic when anxiety is an option?

Why be optimistic when anxiety is an option?

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Depending on how you like to interpret the news, nursing home operators are either facing some of the worst of times, or they've been infused with new life.

Skilled nursing facility trends contribute to improved Medicare outlook, Congressional report says

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The Medicare trust fund is on track to remain solvent until 2030, trustees of the program stated in a Congressional report released Monday. This improved outlook is due in part to revised expectations about the case mix in skilled nursing facilities.

Best practices to advance palliative care and hospice training

Best practices to advance palliative care and hospice training

The goal of palliative care is to provide patients of all ages and in any stage of illness with relief from the pain and stress they're experiencing.

Aligning talent for Affordable Care Act compliance the focus of Aug. 13 webcast

Aligning talent for Affordable Care Act compliance the focus of Aug. 13 webcast

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The Affordable Care Act presents providers with many challenges, including some that aren't being well met yet. A McKnight's webcast on Aug. 13 will discuss the fundamentals needed — including strategy, data and technology — that can help your organization stay ahead.

More registered nurses are delaying retirement, researchers say

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Despite "imminent retirement" of baby boomers, more registered nurses are working longer after age 50, researchers find.

CBO: Medicare spending growth will slow down over the next 25 years, despite pressures from aging population

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Medicare and Medicaid spending will grow at a slower rate than past predictions indicated, the Congressional Budget Office stated Tuesday. However, an aging population will put increasing pressure on government healthcare programs.

Long-term care leaders watchful after Supreme Court limits the Affordable Care Act contraception rule

Long-term care leaders watchful after Supreme Court limits the Affordable Care Act contraception rule

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Two hotly anticipated Supreme Court rulings handed down Monday elicited measured responses from prominent long-term care stakeholders. In one case, Hobby Lobby succeeded in its battle against the Affordable Care Act's rules over contraception coverage. The other decision dealt a blow to home healthcare unions.

ACO proposed rule coming soon, official says

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that a proposed rule addressing changes in the Accountable Care Organizations program is coming soon, an official said at the Accountable Care Organization Summit on June 19.

Nursing homes in large insurance network temporarily spared from ACA contraceptives rule

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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.

AMA to submit information to federal regulators regarding end-of-life care planning

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The American Medical Association is expected to release recommendations soon for what physicians should be reimbursed for end-of-life medical consultations. The physicians group issues advisements regularly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which typically adopts them for its programs, the Pew Charitable Trust noted on Monday.

LTC nurses likeliest to want new setting

LTC nurses likeliest to want new setting

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Most nurses find their work rewarding and satisfying. But nurses in the long-term care sector appear to be the most likely to want employment in a different setting, according to a survey from CareerBuilder and Harris Poll.

Readmission numbers drop

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Readmissions of seniors to a hospital within a month of discharge declined in 2013, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The countdown is on for the ACA Employer Mandate

The countdown is on for the ACA Employer Mandate

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.

Hospital readmissions declined again in 2013, Sebelius credits provider partnerships

Hospital readmissions declined again in 2013, Sebelius credits provider partnerships

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The number of seniors readmitted to a hospital within a month of discharge continued to decline in 2013, according to data released Wednesday by the government. The trend shows that greater coordination between different healthcare providers is paying off, said outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Employers face monthly fees of $260 per worker if they don't offer Affordable Care Act-compliant insurance plans, analysts say

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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.

CMS: Hospice quality reporting to begin July 1, will require admission and discharge records

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Providers will have to report certain hospice quality measures to the federal government starting July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services formally announced in a recent Federal Register notice.

CMS to weigh comments on disqualifying convictions in crafting background check regulations

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Long-term care stakeholders generally support proposed regulations on background checks of direct care workers, according to an informational memorandum issued Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Catholic long-term care provider claims free speech violations in its full appeal against Affordable Care Act contraception policies

Catholic long-term care provider claims free speech violations in its full appeal against Affordable Care Act contraception policies

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A Catholic long-term care provider is claiming freedom of speech and religious freedom violations in a much-anticipated legal appeal over the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

Mid-sized employers receive insurance reprieve from White House

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Long-term care providers with between 50 and 99 employees received an unexpected reprieve yesterday, as the Obama administration announced it would give them an extra year before having to offer health insurance

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