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Dear Diary, Last week I attended my first AHCA convention ...

Dear Diary, Last week I attended my first AHCA convention ...

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There's nothing like the first time you get to meet people, attend education sessions and see the exhibit hall at the American Health Care Association, as I found out last week. If you weren't there, you missed a lot.

The secret to success sits in dining services

The secret to success sits in dining services

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By the end of the day Tuesday, after a week full of educational sessions, it took a lot to break through the clutter in my brain. That moment happened when Kyle Henderson made a slightly throw-away comment about some providers "investing in chefs, paying them $70-, $80-, $90,000. That's where we are seeing innovation in programming, because dining gives them a chance to impress three times a day."

3 national long-term care meetings on tap

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A trio of national annual meetings for long-term care stakeholders will take place in the week ahead, and luckily for those wanting to attend, they'll all be at the same location. The American Health Care Association and its companion group, the National Center for Assisted Living, will hold its 65th annual convention in Sunday through Wednesday in Washington, D.C. In conjunction with those two groups' meetings, the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care will be hold its 25th annual meeting Sunday through Tuesday, also at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor in the District of Columbia.

AHCA: Managed care transparency needed

AHCA: Managed care transparency needed

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The government should collect and release more claims information from managed care plans, the nation's largest long-term care provider association stated in a recent letter to Senate leaders.

Antipsychotics reduction goal raised to 30% by end of 2016, CMS and provider groups announce

Antipsychotics reduction goal raised to 30% by end of 2016, CMS and provider groups announce

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Long-term care providers are being asked to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications among residents by 25% by the end of 2015, and 30% by the end of 2016. Providers have already achieved a 17.1% reduction since 2011.

Also in the news for Sept. 19, 2014

Americans are the most worried about losing their eyesight as they age, poll says .... AHCA says MedPAC Chairman is 'spot-on' with three-day stay comments ... Medicare Advantage enrollment rises for fifth straight year, CMS says.

Profile: AHCA's money player

Profile: AHCA's money player

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If there's a prevailing theme around the hours American Health Care Association senior fellow Elise Smith keeps, it's that they are constant.

Also in the news for August 19, 2014 . . .

AHCA announces Gold National Quality Award recipients ... Older adults' cognition peaks in the morning ... DNA alteration linked to Alzheimer's

Also in the news for June 24, 2014 . . .

AHCA applauds Senators' push for expanding vets' long-term care options ... RAND releases policy blueprint for better dementia care ... Man pleads guilty in $205M scheme to place assisted living residents in mental health services ... CMS publishes reimbursement rates for additional doc requests

Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells Congress

Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells Congress

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Skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should receive the same payments for treating certain conditions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended in its latest report to Congress. The "site-neutral payment" proposal won praise from the nation's largest long-term care association.

Providers intensify efforts to influence Congress

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More than 400 long-term and post-acute care professionals from across the country completed meetings with their respective federal lawmakers Wednesday in Washington. The meetings were the conclusion of the annual Congressional Briefing event hosted by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living.

Final preparations underway for AHCA Washington fly-in

Top leaders and members of the American Health Care Association are setting final plans for the group's annual "Congressional Briefing." The gathering will take place May 20-21 in Washington, where providers will be encouraged to meet their federal lawmakers face-to-face to discuss important policy issues. Attendees will receive issue updates from AHCA staffers and key members of Congress, and hear from keynote speaker Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the Washington Post.

A jolt to long-term care best practices, amid the Ivy

A jolt to long-term care best practices, amid the Ivy

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This is going to sound terribly wrong on the face of it. There's no way around it. It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has just bought itself a whole lot of credibility.

It's not all bad news coming from MedPAC

It's not all bad news coming from MedPAC

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A funny thing happened on the way to a semi-annual eye-rolling over a MedPAC report. It gave me reason to sit up with interest. Even more unlikely, it contained information that made some long-term care providers happy.

MedPAC holds off on recommendation for site-neutral payments for post-acute care

MedPAC holds off on recommendation for site-neutral payments for post-acute care

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed equalizing reimbursements for different post-acute providers but did not issue a formal recommendation at a meeting last week. This was the second time in recent months that MedPAC has taken up the topic of reimbursing skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities at the same level for certain services.

Government report: 1 in 5 Medicare patients suffers an adverse event while receiving post-acute SNF care

Government report: 1 in 5 Medicare patients suffers an adverse event while receiving post-acute SNF care

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About 22% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced an adverse event during a post-hospitalization skilled nursing facility stay in fiscal year 2011, and the majority of these events were preventable, according to a newly released government report. Post-acute provider groups said many initiatives to lower this percentage already are underway.

'Patience is wearing thin' on Medicare appeals backlog, long-term care leader says

'Patience is wearing thin' on Medicare appeals backlog, long-term care leader says

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Long-term care advocates anxious about the stalled Medicare claim appeals process were not soothed after a forum with government officials Wednesday. Last month, providers learned that new appeals to administrative law judges would not be heard for at least two years.

Quality Symposium convenes Monday in New Orleans

The 6th Annual AHCA Quality Symposium win run from Monday through Wednesday in New Orleans. Strategies for dealing with staff stability, reducing rehospitalizations, and lowering the use of antipsychotic drugs will be featured. Added this year are assisted living-specific intensives and sessions with a strong clinical focus.

Managed care plans will account for 75% of Medicaid beneficiaries by 2015, analysts estimate

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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.

As cameras roll, providers raise hopes about hospital 'observation' stays

As cameras roll, providers raise hopes about hospital 'observation' stays

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It's been said for a long time that a picture is worth a thousand words. Moving pictures? Start multiplying the worth. Add some sound or speaking to those moving pictures, well now we're talking really, really big impact. Long-term care providers are hoping so.

New Medicaid rule requires patient-centered care for home- and community-based services, defines HCBS settings

New Medicaid rule requires patient-centered care for home- and community-based services, defines HCBS settings

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Long-term care providers offering home- and community-based services will have to administer person-centered care to qualify for payments through Medicaid, under a final rule issued Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Profile: Headlines to headliner

Profile: Headlines to headliner

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It could have been fate that led Leonard Russ to healthcare. No one will really know. But what it wasn't was expected.

Providers take the long view on budget, doc pay formula

Providers take the long view on budget, doc pay formula

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Long-term care provider associations focused on the big picture and counted blessings in response to legislative action in the last Congressional session of 2013.

MedPAC renews call for long-term care payment cuts, draws fire from providers

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has recommended a 4% reduction in skilled nursing facility payments in 2016, prompting an outcry from providers.

Liability costs climb for long-term care, analysis finds

Liability costs climb for long-term care, analysis finds

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A nursing home operator with 100 beds can expect $194,000 in liability expenses in 2014, according to a new analysis from the American Health Care Association and Aon Global Risk Consulting.

  Lights, camera, lawsuit

Lights, camera, lawsuit

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To give credit where it's due, when the New York Times does a story on nursing homes, it tends to give up enough space to get multiple sides, not to mention sources that include the industry checklist of Professional People With Thoughts.

CARES Act would waive three-midnight requirement for nursing facilities with high quality ratings

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Certain skilled nursing facilities could provide Medicare-covered services to beneficiaries without a preceding hospital stay, under a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Valuing bilingual workers

Valuing bilingual workers

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We know that speaking two languages has positive effects, ranging from an ability to switch between tasks to cognitive quickness in older adults.

New SGR proposal: Progress or pie in the sky?

New SGR proposal: Progress or pie in the sky?

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I've recently drawn up my plans for the winter, and I'm very excited about what's in store! I'd like to share my ideas with you and get some feedback. Let's call this the "Winter 2014 Agenda: Discussion Draft."

AHCA leader: Progress made

AHCA leader: Progress made

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The leader of the nation's largest nursing home association trumpeted gains made over the last three years but also exhorted members to press for more change.

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