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CMS should publicly push Congress to reform therapy payment system, long-term care provider association urges

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should openly urge Congress to change the way therapy services are reimbursed, the nation's largest long-term care provider association stated in recent written comments to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

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.

60 seconds with ... Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

60 seconds with ... Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

Q: You recently received the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award from the American Health Care Association. What are some of the biggest current obstacles to improving quality in long-term care?

Benefiting from a selection tool for EHRs

Benefiting from a selection tool for EHRs

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There are many parts of attending annual big conferences that I love, from seeing old industry friends to attending good sessions. But I also, not so secretly, love the exhibit halls — for several reasons.

PointRight® Pro 30™ use tops 9,000 facilities

PointRight Inc. has announced its PointRight® Pro 30™ rehospitalizations metric is now used in more than 9,000 skilled nursing facilities.

Increase managed care transparency, long-term care providers urge Senators

Increase managed care transparency, long-term care providers urge Senators

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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 leaders of the Senate Finance Committee.

A future without long-term care arbitration agreements

A future without long-term care arbitration agreements

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The White House has not banned arbitration agreements in long-term care. But if a recent executive order got providers thinking about life without these contract provisions, that might be a good thing.

Respecting his elders

Respecting his elders

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Michael D. Gore made great strides professionally this spring, but it also was a season of sadness for the rising long-term care leader. His grandmother died at the age of 87 after spending her last weeks in the Lincoln Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hamlin, WV. Gore was the center's executive director at the time.

Skilled care companies seek site-neutral Medicare rates

Skilled care companies seek site-neutral Medicare rates

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Proposed Medicare payment changes have put the nation's skilled care companies at odds with inpatient rehabilitation providers, and the two sides were making strident arguments in front of lawmakers at press time.

60 seconds with ... Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

60 seconds with ... Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Q: Would an SGR repeal inevitably be financed through Medicare cuts to long-term care providers?

Long-term care to go Ivy League for new research

Long-term care to go Ivy League for new research

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It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has decided to buy itself a whole lot of credibility. I mean that only in a good way.

Doc fix bill once again is less than LTC field had hoped for

Doc fix bill once again is less than LTC field had hoped for

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A measure President Barack Obama signed into law does a lot more for doctors than it does for long-term care operators.

People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers find

People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers find

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Seniors are more likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge if they have dementia, and the risk increases if they are taking an antipsychotic medication, according to recently published research findings. The study also found that discharge to a skilled nursing facility reduced hospital readmission risk when compared to discharge with home health services.

Sebelius resigns as administration touts ACA enrollment numbers

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Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as head of the Department of Health and Human Services, White House officials confirmed to news outlets Thursday.

Audits paused, providers glad

Audits paused, providers glad

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Long-term care providers are applauding a pause in the Medicare recovery audit contractor program.

Feds recover $10 million in incorrect Medicaid payouts

Feds recover $10 million in incorrect Medicaid payouts

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Federal investigators recovered more than $10 million in incorrect Medicaid payments made to nursing homes in 2013, an annual review shows.

Extra audits clog and freeze  Medicare appeals process

Extra audits clog and freeze Medicare appeals process

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Providers who want to have an administrative law judge consider a Medicare claim appeal can save their breath and memos for now.

Local 'religiosity' often tied  to fairer business practices

Local 'religiosity' often tied to fairer business practices

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A number of the nation's largest nursing facility corporations might have better business practices because their headquarters are in communities where religion is important to many people, new study results suggest.

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.

Liability costs will climb 5%

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Long-term care operators can expect a 5% increase in liability costs in 2014, according to a new analysis from Aon Global Risk Consulting and the American Health Care Association.

AHCA members near antipsychotics usage goal

AHCA members near antipsychotics usage goal

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.

Nursing home trust-fund crimes aided by lack of oversight: report

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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.

Review targets stolen money

Review targets stolen money

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Leaders in the U.S. Senate have called for a government review of how nursing homes handle facility-managed trust funds.

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.

Dr. Ben Carson nicks a long-term care nerve

Dr. Ben Carson nicks a long-term care nerve

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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.

AHCA will play offense to win reimbursement victories, new chief lobbyist says

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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 given antipsychotics: CMS

Fewer residents given antipsychotics: CMS

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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.

Illinois Health Care Association rejoins national group

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.

AHCA: Changing QIO structure would compromise skilled care

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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 expands its footprint

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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.

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