Cheryl Phillips

Long-term care leaders watchful after Supreme Court limits the Affordable Care Act contraception rule

Long-term care leaders watchful after Supreme Court limits the Affordable Care Act contraception rule

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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.

50 years: Policy experts to examine the past, project the future of long-term care

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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.

LTC achieves antipsych goal

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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.

Observation stay bills in focus for LTC providers

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Nonprofit long-term care providers continued to focus on bills related to observation stays during visits on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

White House proposes 'accelerated' skilled nursing facility payment cuts

White House proposes 'accelerated' skilled nursing facility payment cuts

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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."

$30 million cut from Medicare

$30 million cut from Medicare

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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.

Advancing Excellence unveils new goals, including resident mobility, infection management

Advancing Excellence unveils new goals, including resident mobility, infection management

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The Advancing Excellence campaign has released updated goals and called on nursing homes to actively use the framework for achieving better quality care.

CMS final rule: SNFs to receive $30 million less in Medicare payments than initially proposed

CMS final rule: SNFs to receive $30 million less in Medicare payments than initially proposed

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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.

Antipsychotic goals missed, officials say

Antipsychotic goals missed, officials say

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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.

Advancing Excellence searching for another new leader

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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.

The future of antipsychotics

The future of antipsychotics

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It turns out McKnight's Editor Jim Berklan is psychic, or at least a well-read prognosticator of long-term care.

Push to decrease antipsychotics use has only just begun

Push to decrease antipsychotics use has only just begun

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If you feel like you've been reading a lot about antipsychotics lately, you're not alone.

Nursing homes should be penalized for overuse of antipsychotic medications for dementia residents, federal investigator says

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 should embrace rehospitalization prevention, advocate says

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.

Provider groups dig in for long fight against more Medicare and Medicaid cuts

Provider groups dig in for long fight against more Medicare and Medicaid cuts

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.

Gifford, Phillips named to nursing home campaign

Two leading long-term care experts are the new co-chairs of a quality initiative for nursing homes.

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