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AALNA falters in conference dates

AALNA falters in conference dates

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Hey, did you hear the one about the long-term care conference that was scheduled on Christmas? Of course you didn't, because it would never happen.

Quality soars in long-term care

Quality soars in long-term care

Much like a parent raising a child — a topic on my mind this week as I send my oldest son to college — dedicated advocates have long encouraged long-term care providers to do the best they can. This week, there's evidence that the effort has paid off, in seeing how many providers earned honors from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living.

CCRC executive director salaries hold steady, therapy directors get boost

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Continuing care retirement community executive director salaries have barely increased in the past year, while therapy and rehabilitation directors received a boost, a new report shows. The average salary for a therapy and rehab director is currently $95,905.

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Skilled nursing providers and inpatient rehab facilities offer clashing views on Medicare payments as Congress hears testimony

Skilled nursing providers and inpatient rehab facilities offer clashing views on Medicare payments as Congress hears testimony

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Proposed Medicare payment changes have put the nation's largest long-term care association at odds with inpatient rehabilitation providers, and the two sides sought to sway legislators in advance of a Congressional hearing Wednesday.

Lawmakers praise long-term care 'credibility,' Paul Ryan says consumers and providers both struggle due to overregulation

Lawmakers praise long-term care 'credibility,' Paul Ryan says consumers and providers both struggle due to overregulation

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Long-term care providers have earned exceptional credibility in the halls of Congress and now have a golden opportunity to push for more favorable policies, high-profile lawmakers and leaders of the nation's largest provider association told an audience in Washington yesterday. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) were among the speakers at the briefing for American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living members, who are in the nation's capital for two days of meetings with legislators.

Big week ahead for senior-care provider meetings

Both the Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Health Care Association will host major meetings in the coming week. For ALFA, it's the group's annual meeting, which will take place from Monday through Thursday in Phoenix. AHCA will entertain members on Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington for the group's annual Capitol Hill briefing.

Game theory in long-term care

Game theory in long-term care

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As many of you know, this is long-term care conference season, which means having a quality smartphone is essentially a must. Since my old phone could best be described as "temperamental," before I headed to AHCA/NCAL I picked up the new Motorola Moto X Android. This phone is so amazing I keep waiting for it to do my laundry. But in the meantime, it makes it tons easier to shoot off emails, use Twitter, shoot video and edit stories. Most importantly, the new phone has Tetris.

Managed care contracts, surveys and success stories tackled at start of AHCA convention

Managed care contracts, surveys and success stories tackled at start of AHCA convention

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In the two years since an 11% reimbursement cut hit skilled nursing facilities, providers have regrouped and have achieved modest successes, the president of the nation's largest nursing home association told his group's members Monday at its 64th annual convention.

RF Technologies introduces new watch design

RF Technologies introduces new watch design

RF Technologies® has introduced new transmitter designs for use with the Code Alert® Wandering Management Solution watches.

AHCA/NCAL releases two apps for convention

The AHCA/NCAL Convention App is available for download on mobile devices, the organization said. The national convention will be Oct. 6-9 in Phoenix.

At least we still have AHCA — or is that TMI?

At least we still have AHCA — or is that TMI?

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There's an informal nickname that describes the many acronyms being used in healthcare these days: alphabet soup. We may have just experienced an Olympic record for it.

My InnerView executives recognized by AHCA

Vivian Tellis-Nayak, Ph.D., and Mary Tellis-Nayak, RN, MSN, MP, are the 2013 recipients of the American Health Care Association's Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award.

Provider advocates strike hopeful note as LTC Commission meets for the first time

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With mere months to make progress on the deep issues facing the long-term care industry, the Congressional Long-Term Care Commission held its first official meeting Thursday. LTC stakeholders issued statements following the meeting focused on what the group might accomplish, declining to dwell on potential roadblocks it faces.

Medicare cuts will be harmful to residents and providers, according to latest AHCA ad campaign

Medicare cuts will be harmful to residents and providers, according to latest AHCA ad campaign

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The American Health Care Association on Monday launched a weeklong ad blitz that brings the industry's concerns with possible Medicare funding cuts straight to the nation's lawmakers — and their staff members.

LTC groups asks president, new Congress to tackle Medicaid, Medicare reform

LTC groups asks president, new Congress to tackle Medicaid, Medicare reform

Within hours of President Barack Obama winning a second term, major long-term care association groups were asking him and Congress to reform Medicare and Medicaid policy.

AHCA convention attendees urged to rise up in face of looming funding cuts; better moderate use of antipsychotics

AHCA convention attendees urged to rise up in face of looming funding cuts; better moderate use of antipsychotics

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Long-term care providers were given the truth during the opening session of the 63rd annual convention of the American Health Care Association: More funding cuts are on the way. Among the other hot topics discussed during educational sessions Monday at the Tampa Convention Center were the use of antipsychotics and avoidable rehospitalizations.

Liability costs rising 4% annually for long-term care

Liability costs rising 4% annually for long-term care

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A new study shows that long-term care claim severity and loss rates have grown 4% each year since 2009, and the liability costs per bed is expected to be $1,540 by next year.

AHCA/NCAL members prepare for D.C. visit

On the eve of a scheduled repeal vote on the Affordable Care Act, American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living members will visit lawmakers during their 2012 Congressional Briefing on July 9 and 10. Congressmen scheduled to speak are Rep. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Nan Hayworth, M.D. (R-NY) and Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA). The featured speaker is Atlantic Media's Political Director Ronald Brownstein. Apart from visits to Capitol Hill, events will take place at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. The official sponsor of the event is Medline.

Long-term care operators must engage states to ensure Medicaid reimbursement following ACA ruling, provider group says

Long-term care operators must engage states to ensure Medicaid reimbursement following ACA ruling, provider group says

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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.

CMS debuts antipsychotic drug reduction program

CMS debuts antipsychotic drug reduction program

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Federal officials unveiled a medication reduction initiative with an ambitious goal: trimming antipsychotic drug use among residents by 15% this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Partnership to Improve Dementia Care follows up on industry groups, consumer advocates and legislators' increased scrutiny on antipsychotics.

Providers storm Capitol Hill to lobby for favorable Medicare, Medicaid funding

Providers storm Capitol Hill to lobby for favorable Medicare, Medicaid funding

Pushing for less drastic cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, more than 400 long-term care operators visited their lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Thursday as part of the American Health Care Association's annual Congressional Briefing.

Former AHCA/NCAL leader Willging dies

Former AHCA/NCAL leader Willging dies

Paul Willging, Ph.D., the former long-time president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living and CEO, died Saturday at age 69. He had cancer.

LTC facilities no longer have to pay licensing fees to show movies

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are once again exempt from paying movie-licensing fees, thanks to an agreement with the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation.

President's budget proposal cuts Medicaid payments to providers by $28.8 billion over 10 years

President's budget proposal cuts Medicaid payments to providers by $28.8 billion over 10 years

President Obama released his $3.7 trillion budget for FY 2012 Monday, and it would lower Medicaid payments to healthcare providers by $28.8 billion over 10 years.

Lawmakers tackle tort reform bill again

The full House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday worked on shaping a new version of the most high-profile tort-reform bill offered in recent years. The committee marked up the medical liability reform bill called Help Accessible, Efficient, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) introduced the bill in the House on Jan. 24 and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) introduced a companion measure on Jan. 27.

Association touts LTC industry's status as 10th largest U.S. employer

The long-term care industry is the 10th largest employer in the United States, ahead of other major industries including food retail, merchandise retail and the military, according to a new report.

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