The AHCA Quality Initiative goal to reduce antipsychotics use is in sight, the group announced Wednesday. The goal is 15% by the end of this month. The group used federal data in its calculations.
Theft or poor management from trust funds of nursing home patients is aided by a lack of regulations, according to a new USA TODAY report.
Leaders in the U.S. Senate have called for a government review of how nursing homes handle facility-managed trust funds.
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.
At the end of a long day doing skillful and important things for elderly residents, do you ever pause and mutter to yourself, "He won't get any better. She won't live much longer. What an incredible waste of my very valuable time." I didn't think so. That's why I'm glad you chose a career in long-term care and Dr. Ben Carson didn't.
The nation's largest long-term care provider association will be proactive in the face of reimbursement threats, according to the organization's new lead lobbyist, Clifton Porter II.
Fewer residents with dementia are being prescribed antipsychotic medications, according to new figures heralded by the government and the nation's largest nursing home association.
The Illinois Health Care Association has returned to the membership rolls of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living."Illinois is too large a state and too critical a player in the nation's delivery of long term and post-acute care to not be active in Washington," said Holgeir Oksnevad, president of IHCA.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should preserve state-based quality improvement organizations for Medicare oversight, according to a large number of healthcare groups, including the American Health Care Association.
Saber Healthcare Group has made its first appearance on the American Health Care Association's annual list of the 50 largest U.S. nursing facility companies.
The good news: Medicare's long-term solvency is likely to improve. The bad: This will likely happen at the expense of nursing homes.
The nation's largest nursing home association has re-absorbed an aggressive sub-group of large nursing home operators to create an even stronger lobbying organization for long-term care providers.
If you hang around long enough, you learn there are only two things long-term care providers fear after Republicans and Democrats. That would be hospitals and doctors.
Almost immediately after the 2006 schism that threatened to fully tear them fully apart, some stakeholders wanted to see the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care remain united with the American Health Care Association. Gradual Alliance attrition, combined with the effects of hard knocks from regulators and lawmakers, helped make it a reality this week.
The nation's two strongest long-term care provider lobbying groups are uniting to form a singular, more powerful voice, the pair announced Tuesday morning.
Bully for provider groups pulling out the stops to draw attention to the ludicrous mishandling of "observation stay" designations by many hospitals. One prong of the plan is to have providers supply anecdotes about individuals hurt financially and emotionally by the practice.
A controversial "accounting of disclosures" provision of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act will probably not be finalized before the scheduled Jan. 1, 2014, deadline for compliance, according to a senior Department of Health and Human Services official.
A bill meant to provide relief for nursing home residents who need painkillers would create the possibility of huge penalties for healthcare practitioners and long-term care facilities, a top lobbyist warned yesterday.
Long-term care providers struck back quickly late last week after the chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee accused them of "gaming" the reimbursement system during a hearing on caring for individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
We're hearing much out of Washington these days about the looming fiscal cliff. Assessments about its impact run the gamut from no big deal to very big deal. As is usually the case, the truth is probably somewhere in between
I imagine, no matter their political affiliation, there's one thing that vendors in long-term care and politician operatives can agree on: This fall has felt like a marathon. Only the well energized survive, as they either jumped to swing states, set up conference booth after conference booth, or, in the case of the American Health Care Association conference in Florida and LeadingAge Convention in Colorado, did both.
American HealthTech unveiled a redesigned order management system at the American Health Care Association show in Tampa, FL.
A new quality initiative program unveiled Wednesday targets off-label use of antipsychotics, hospital readmissions and staff turnover in assisted living communities.
Preserving Medicaid funding remains the top priority for the largest nursing home association in the United States as Congress heads back into session this week.
A long-term care group is urging regulators to continue work on fixing the "observation stay loophole" that makes it harder for Medicare beneficiaries to get nursing home care.
The American Health Care Association announced Thursday that it will employ a new, proprietary methodology for calculating case-mix adjusted hospitalization metrics for its members in its national Quality Initiative.
Federal officials need to provide clearer guidance and offer a more streamlined protocol for providers willing to self-disclose Medicare overpayments, a leading long-term care group says.
Two nursing homes in Wisconsin and Rhode Island have taken top honors in a national quality awards competition.
Proponents of a bill to cut out the "observation stay" Medicare loophole got a boost from a House of Representatives member Wednesday.
Key skilled nursing facility managers saw small salary increases in 2012, according to new figures released Tuesday. The raises signal slow, steady economic improvement, say organizers of the survey, the largest of its kind.