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.
Despite "imminent retirement" of baby boomers, more registered nurses are working longer after age 50, researchers find.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Readmissions of seniors to a hospital within a month of discharge declined in 2013, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Civil monetary penalties for providers will be revised if two proposed rules from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General are approved.
What does quality staffing look like in 2014? A free McKnight's webcast March 6 will sort through facts and myths to help providers better understand what they should be doing to keep themselves at the quality forefront.
OnShift has closed $7 million in Series C financing, the company announced Tuesday.
Whether you're a long-term care leader who has already made the decision to align your organization with an ACO or are still in the process of weighing the decision, one thing everyone can agree on is this operating model will entail a significant amount of change in several key areas for participating long-term care providers.
The full-time work force will lose roughly 2 million people overall by 2024 as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to new figures from the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report, released Tuesday, came one week after an expert told lawmakers that nursing home staff are among those most likely to have their hours reduced due to the ACA.
At this point, you're well aware that the Affordable Care Act is putting pressure on post-acute providers to partner with hospitals and physician groups. A recent whistleblower case in California highlights just how important this systemic transformation is — but another legal battle making headlines underscores how difficult it might be to "right size" the U.S. healthcare system.
With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare field is attracting a lot of attention these days. Young adults starting their professional lives, as well as mid-career adults seeking change in their careers are entering healthcare professional programs seeking meaningful employment and plentiful job opportunities.
Three-quarters of Medicaid enrollees will receive their benefits through a managed care organization (MCO) as of 2015, according to a new report from healthcare advisory company Avalere Health. Because Medicaid is the primary payer for long-term care in the United States, LTC providers are carefully monitoring the shift to a managed care environment.
Challenging the Affordable Care Act's "contraception mandate" in court is a matter of conscience, according to The Little Sisters of the Poor. It's hard to fault people for following their moral compass. But I wonder if the Catholic long-term care provider has gotten the latest memos from Rome.
The federal government defended the Affordable Care Act's so-called "contraception mandate" Friday in a Supreme Court filing against a Catholic long-term care provider. The ACA requires that health plans provide birth control to women at no cost to the beneficiary, under preventative health services.
Lawmakers in both houses of Congress have introduced a bill to institute a single-payer healthcare system that would include universal long-term care coverage.
Improved transitions between acute and post-acute settings are partly responsible for continuing nationwide declines in hospital readmission rates, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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.