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Avalere Health welcomes Fuller

Avalere Health welcomes Fuller

Brian Fuller began as a director at Avalere Health in early March.

Don't miss a webinar on bundled payments March 7

Don't miss a webinar on bundled payments March 7

Learn the basics of the bundled payment program offered by CMS in a webinar featuring expert Ellen Lukens.

Keeping score in 2014

Keeping score in 2014

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If new payment reform initiatives sowed the seeds of small disruptions in 2013 -- narrowing referral networks and prompting clinical integration, those seeds will start sprouting bigger disruption across multiple markets in 2014. This year ACOs will proliferate and will include SNFs in a real way. Bundled payment experiments will be beginning all over the country.

Learn how to use scorecards at Feb. 6 webinar

Learn how to use scorecards at Feb. 6 webinar

Speakers from Avalere Health will demonstrate how post-acute care providers can reduce costs and improve quality.

Fewer Medicare Advantage plans in 2014, analysis finds

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There will be fewer Medicare Advantage plans in 2014, according to a new analysis. The number of plans will drop to 2,522, which is around a 5% decrease, according to Avalere Health. Medicare Advantage can cover skilled nursing stays, and enrollment was up in 2012.

Bullock moves to Avalere Health

Bullock moves to Avalere Health

Avalere Health LLC has appointed Carrie William Bullock to its reimbursement and product commercialization services practice. Her new role will have Bullock addressing strategic and tactical issues throughout the lifecycle of medical technologies with a specific focus on diagnostics, devices, and drugs and biologics.

Eyles joins Avalere

Eyles joins Avalere

Matthew D. Eyles has joined Avalere Health as executive vice president.

New VP at Avalere

Matthew D. Eyles has joined Avalere Health as executive vice president. He arrives from Coventry Healthcare.

Savvy post-acute care providers are seeking creative partnerships with hospitals, experts say

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Post-acute care providers should be considering creative joint ventures with hospitals to best take advantage of evolving healthcare delivery and payment systems, healthcare finance and legal experts said Wednesday in an Avalere Health webcast.

Managed care: Panacea, death knell or something in between?

Managed care: Panacea, death knell or something in between?

In a nutshell, troubled long-term care operators seem to be encountering this scenario with managed care companies: initial romance, followed by heightened accountability and reduced payments.

Analysis: Medicare sequester cuts would reduce SNF payments by $9 billion over 10 years

Analysis: Medicare sequester cuts would reduce SNF payments by $9 billion over 10 years

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Skilled nursing facilities in the most populous states will be the hardest hit if Congress enacts the 2% across-the-board cut in Medicare payments to providers, two new analyses predict.

Integrated care coordination for dual eligibles lowers readmission rates in case study

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Dual eligibles in an Arizona integrated coordinated care plan had a 21% lower hospital readmission rate than their counterparts in Medicare fee-for-service programs, a new analysis reveals.

In wake of Supreme Court ruling, states weighing Medicaid options

In wake of Supreme Court ruling, states weighing Medicaid options

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Many states are considering their options in the wake of a seemingly favorable Supreme Court ruling. The nation's highest court ruled that Congress exceeded its reach when it threatened states with a total Medicaid funding cutoff if they failed to participate in an expanded Medicaid program.

Hospital readmission penalties could transform relationships with SNFs, experts say

Hospital readmission penalties could transform relationships with SNFs, experts say

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Healthcare reform efforts targeted at reducing hospital readmissions are here to stay, experts told participants in a McKnight's webcast Tuesday.

Lawmakers should weigh costs associated with dementia when coordinating care for Medicare beneficiaries, analysis suggests

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As policymakers seek to integrate care for dual eligibles, they need to consider the cost of treating beneficiaries with dementia, new data suggests.

SNFs prepare to absorb nearly $800 million in Medicare cuts

SNFs prepare to absorb nearly $800 million in Medicare cuts

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Medicare cuts scheduled to hit in January will cost skilled nursing facilities close to $800 million in fiscal year 2014, a new analysis estimates.

Ten states to absorb majority of Medicare bad debt funding cuts, report finds

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Bad debt provisions of recent legislation will cut skilled nursing facility payments by nearly $3 billion between 2012 and 2021, with a handful of states bearing the brunt of it, a report finds.

Bundled payments and dual-eligibles bring opportunities to long-term care operators, experts say

Bundled payments and dual-eligibles bring opportunities to long-term care operators, experts say

Gainsharing and caring for dual eligibles are hot topics for healthcare providers — and rightfully so — experts said Thursday.

Footloose with Medicare dollars?: Investigators concerned by sharp increase in artificial feet

Physicians and federal investigators are concerned about a dramatic surge in Medicare spending for artificial feet for beneficiaries. While the number of diabetes-related lower limb amputations is falling, Medicare spending on artificial feet grew 60% in the last few years, according to an Associated Press investigation.

As states cut Medicaid funds, nursing home group proposes bad debt fix

Forty states have either frozen or cut Medicaid-financed nursing home care for seniors between 2009 and 2011, a new survey has found.

SNFs should focus on partnerships, quality, to weather uncertain future, experts say

In order to survive an uncertain financial and regulatory environment, skilled nursing operators need to look at partnering with other healthcare systems and improving the quality of care, analysts say.

Ohio loses SNF jobs in wake of pay cuts; a sign of what's to come for nation, experts say

Ohio skilled nursing facilities have shed or plan to shed 2,800 jobs in the wake of recent Medicare and Medicaid cuts, new survey results show. It could be just the start of losses to be felt around the country.

Report: Triggered Medicare cuts would hit hospitals harder than nursing homes

Report: Triggered Medicare cuts would hit hospitals harder than nursing homes

Nursing homes will be impacted less than hospitals and physicians if the automatic cuts to Medicare providers are implemented, a new report finds. The 2% across-the-board Medicare cuts are scheduled as a result of the failure of the Congressional "super committee" to reach a deal.

Medicare reimbursement cuts will force loss of 40,000 nursing home-related jobs, survey respondents say

Medicare reimbursement cuts will force loss of 40,000 nursing home-related jobs, survey respondents say

The Medicare PPS skilled nursing facility final rule that was enacted Oct. 1 could result in 20,000 nursing home layoffs nationwide and another 20,000 jobs lost to abandoned expansion activity, according to results of a new national survey.

SNF resident satisfaction up, survey citations down, report finds

SNF resident satisfaction up, survey citations down, report finds

Resident satisfaction rates have improved and health survey citations are declining in skilled nursing facilities, according to a new quality of care report.

Older disabled individuals choosing community-based living, report states

Older disabled individuals choosing community-based living, report states

Greater numbers of older disabled Americans are choosing assisted living or continuing care retirement communities over nursing homes, but have higher rates of hospitalization, a new report says.

Study: Nursing homes to lose $79 billion in funding

Study: Nursing homes to lose $79 billion in funding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' 11.1% reimbursement rate cut to skilled-nursing facilities will reduce Medicare payments to the entire sector by $79 billion over 10 years, according to a new report. The regulation, which is scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1, also will reduce national economic activity by $6.75 billion in FY 2012, according to a report released Monday by research firm Avalere Health.

Home healthcare costs often lower than post-acute care after hospitalization, analysis finds

Medicare beneficiaries with chronic health problems are far less likely to be readmitted to the hospital when discharged to their homes than if they receive other post-acute care services, a new analysis finds.

Potential CMS payment reduction would harm nursing homes, experts say

Long-term care industry experts are challenging a federal proposal that would cut Medicare funding by as much as 11.3%.

Providers concerned about federal cuts, job stability

Providers concerned about federal cuts, job stability

Healthcare providers are worried that the Medicare and Medicaid cuts predicted in President Obama's FY 2012 budget will affect the quality of care offered in skilled nursing facilities, and damage the U.S. economy's fragile recovery as well. The president's budget is expected to be released Monday.

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