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Nursing homes announce campaign to lessen poor outcomes, decrease employee turnover

Nursing homes announce campaign to lessen poor outcomes, decrease employee turnover

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Increasing staff stability, adopting a customer satisfaction questionnaire, reducing unintended healthcare outcomes, reducing hospital readmissions, improving discharges to the community, and adopting functional outcome measurements are the focus of the next round of quality improvement for the American Health Care Association.

AHCA previews new quality metric announcement

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The American Health Care Association is expected to announce today six new quality metrics, some of which raise the bar on nursing home staff turnover and hospital readmissions.

Also in the News for Friday, April 24

Convicted nursing home killer says evidence destroyed .... Rhode Island zeroing in on Medicaid reimbursements ... AHCA lends support for Veterans Access bill ... Assisted living caregiver charged with raping resident

Providers testify against post-acute bundled pay bill at hearing

Providers testify against post-acute bundled pay bill at hearing

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A top nursing home advocate on Thursday urged killing a bill calling for the bundling of Medicare payments for post-acute care services.

AHCA/NCAL joins Aging2.0

The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living has joined the Aging2.0 Alliance.

Profile: Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

Profile: Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

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When he's not busy working to improve the quality of life of residents at Sunrise Senior Living's more than 300 assisted living communities, Ed McMahon, Ph.D., can often be found perfecting his recipe for mulligatawny soup or planning his next trip overseas with Wade, his husband of 30 years.

Also in the News for Friday, April 3

AHCA supports MedPAC vote on three-day stay policy ... CMS issues guidance on biosimilars, including for Medicare Part B ... HHS chief technology officer retiring ... Florida Dems push for Medicaid expansion

Providers holding breath for Senate 'doc fix' vote

Providers holding breath for Senate 'doc fix' vote

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As expected, the House of Representatives on Thursday repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), earning loud praise from the American Health Care Association.

Bill would credit observation stays toward 'three-night rule'

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A bill introduced in Congress on Monday would count all time that Medicare beneficiaries spend under hospital "observation" status toward the three-day inpatient requirement necessary to receive Medicare coverage for nursing home care.

Nursing home groups support 'doc fix' bill

Nursing home groups support 'doc fix' bill

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Leaders of the nation's two largest long-term care associations spoke favorably Monday about a bill that would improve Medicare physician pay rates while moderately restricting LTC pay. In fact, the head the American Health Care Association said the group will "enthusiastically support" a bill that would end the "doc fix" issue, provided the final language is what it expects.

Debate on permanent doc fix rages on

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Long-term care leaders continue to brace this week for news about any new plans to pay Medicare physicians, which might siphon pay from seniors' caregivers. Medicare physicians face a 21% pay cut at the end of the month if lawmakers don't find an alternative, which most thing they will.

AHCA pitches 'permanent' therapy payment system

AHCA pitches 'permanent' therapy payment system

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Nursing homes' biggest national ally and advocate is making the rounds on Capitol Hill this week in an effort to convince Congress to let die a lengthy experiment to withhold therapy claims while it roots out fraud.

Operators brace for pared down ratings

Operators brace for pared down ratings

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Providers were gearing up at press time to explain to their staff and residents' family members what a newly rebased federal quality measurement scale would mean.

Providers tentatively welcome Medicare payment goals tied to quality

Providers tentatively welcome Medicare payment goals tied to quality

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Long-term care leaders on Monday called a first-ever federal timeline for greater levels of bundled and other alternative payments "aggressive" but "a good thing."

Jackson joins AHCA

Jackson joins AHCA

Blair Jackson is the new vice president of public affairs at the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

NQF endorses rehospitalization tool

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The National Quality Forum has endorsed the PointRight® Pro 30™ rehospitalization measure, the company and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living announced today.

Rides for loved ones a reasonable benefit, AHCA claims

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Operators should be able to offer free or discounted rides to the loved ones of residents being transported to skilled care facilities, asserts a letter from the American Health Care Association.

AHCA goes on offense, backs 5 Star audits

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Following victories such as the newly signed IMPACT Act, provider advocates now will be more aggressive on Capitol Hill, leaders of the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living said at their annual convention last month in Washington, D.C.

Antipsychotics goal gets reset

Antipsychotics goal gets reset

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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.

Also in the news for Oct. 28, 2014 . . .

AHCA's Parkinson makes "top lobbyist" list ... More detailed allegations of improperly reduced citations at LA nursing homes ... Cocoa drink improves memory ... Experts release guide on creating multisensory rooms for dementia care

CDC tightens Ebola guidelines for healthcare workers

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued more stringent guidelines for how healthcare workers should interact with Ebola patients, following an outcry from nurses and other professionals.

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

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