Two hotly anticipated Supreme Court rulings handed down Monday elicited measured responses from prominent long-term care stakeholders. In one case, Hobby Lobby succeeded in its battle against the Affordable Care Act's rules over contraception coverage. The other decision dealt a blow to home healthcare unions.
Top U.S. health policy experts will examine changes in quality of care, service delivery and financing for long-term care for the last 25 years — and project them for the next 25 years — in a meeting of top minds Wednesday in Washington. Individuals may attend the event in person at the National Press Club Ballroom or via a webcast.
After years of pushing, long-term care facilities have reduced their use of antipsychotic medication for dementia, according to an April report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Nonprofit long-term care providers continued to focus on bills related to observation stays during visits on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
The White House's proposed 2015 budget includes sharp cuts to skilled nursing facility reimbursements, which has drawn strong criticism from the nation's largest long-term care provider group. To cut federal spending on healthcare by $402 billion, the White House seeks to "encourage efficient post-acute care by adjusting payment updates for certain post-acute providers."
Skilled nursing facilities will see $470 million in aggregate 2014 Medicare reimbursements, which is $30 million less than projected in a proposed rule, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Advancing Excellence campaign has released updated goals and called on nursing homes to actively use the framework for achieving better quality care.
A Medicare payment rate update will increase aggregate skilled nursing facility reimbursements by $470 million during fiscal year 2014, according to a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Skilled nursing facilities are expected to have missed their overall goal of reducing off-label use of antipsychotics by 15% for 2012, but they should continue to push for reductions, provider leaders said.
A high-profile long-term care quality group has begun search plans for another new executive director, just six months after filling the position previously.
It turns out McKnight's Editor Jim Berklan is psychic, or at least a well-read prognosticator of long-term care.
If you feel like you've been reading a lot about antipsychotics lately, you're not alone.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should penalize physicians and nursing homes that continue to inappropriately prescribe and administer antipsychotic medications to dementia residents, regulators urged Wednesday.
Nursing homes have important tools at their disposal to help prevent rehospitalizations among their own residents, a leading advocate told McKnight's at last week's LeadingAge annual meeting.
With Medicare cuts still on the table for the soon-to-be-created congressional "super committee," provider groups have been busy quantifying the results of further cuts to nursing homes.
Two leading long-term care experts are the new co-chairs of a quality initiative for nursing homes.