Promoting quality care in long-term care settings is one of the top management challenges facing the Department of Health and Human Services in the next year, according to a report from the agency's Office of the Inspector General.
The federal government could reduce its Medicaid contributions to states as a deficit reduction measure, but the move likely would achieve savings only by putting seniors at risk, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
A lesser known provision of Florida's newly adopted Medicaid reform law includes an incentive for health plans that can reduce the number of seniors in nursing homes, according to Florida elder law attorney Ellen Morris.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday disclosed it will provide $2.25 billion in grants to expand the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing demonstration. This program seeks to find community-based alternatives to traditional long-term care facilities.
Nearly 4,500 of Illinois' mentally ill nursing home residents soon will have the option of moving into community-based programs, according to the terms of a groundbreaking settlement between the state and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Protesters from the Service Employees International Union and the disability rights group ADAPT turned out en masse this week to protest President Obama's perceived lack of support for the Community Choice Act. The measure would give home- and community-based services the same consideration under Medicaid that nursing homes receive.
Many in the long-term care community are supporting the Care Transitions Project, a government initiative to improve healthcare processes and minimize rehospitalizations.
Home healthcare, the fast-growing destination for many individuals who previously might have sought nursing home care, has been besieged by a spate of fraudulent Medicare reimbursement practices, government investigators say. Overstating a person's healthcare needs - or upcoding - is a significant problem, the government Accountability Office found.
A recent study has identified a number of hazardous conditions found in home healthcare settings--conditions that are of special concern to both the elderly and their caretakers.
Public and private sector officials convened Wednesday to discuss the important role long-term care reform could play in a grander, overall healthcare reform scheme.
A handful of states are now spending more of their Medicaid funding on home- and community-based services than on nursing home care, according to a new report from AARP. The study also found that nursing home occupancy rates have remained static over the last five years, while HCBS funding has soared.
It won't be long before residents of Island Nursing and Rehab Center get their hands dirty in their newly planted Garden Of Hope.
Rhode Island is experimenting with Medicaid spending caps, a controversial move that has grabbed the national spotlight.
States may not have the infrastructure to support a potential increase in home- and community-based services, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The agency released a report highlighting the projected costs and ramifications of more than 100 healthcare policies, including many proposed for long-term care.
A major new Medicaid regulation gives states "unprecedented flexibility" in configuring their Medicaid programs. Exempted from the rule are nursing home residents, Medicare beneficiaries and medically frail individuals who have freedom of choice in participating in new coverage offerings.
The estimated market value of unpaid care to family and friends last year was $375 billion, according to AARP.
While instances of suicide among community-dwelling seniors have fallen in recent years, the same has not been true for long-term care residents, according to a recent study.
Community-based physical activity programs cost effectively reduce instances of heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases among residents of those communities, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Medicaid paid nursing home operators an average of $13.72 less than allowable costs per resident day in 2006. That is a shortfall of $4.6 billion overall, according to preliminary results of an annual study released Monday at the American Health Care Association's annual conference in Nashville.
Twenty-eight states will receive $36 million in grant programs to help older Americans, veterans and people with Alzheimer's receive home- and community-based care, the Department of Health and Human Services said Monday.
More than 8,000 nursing home residents have filed a federal, class-action lawsuit in Florida, claiming they are being forced to live in facilities against their wishes. Plaintiffs accuse the nursing-home lobby of pressuring state lawmakers to make it harder for individuals to receive Medicaid-covered home- and community-based care.
The draft of the Republican party's 2008 platform calls for new non-institutional long-term care options.
The Democratic Party has included long-term care reform as a plank in its policy platform.
States should more thoroughly investigate deaths of people with developmental disabilities who were receiving home- and community-based services for care, according to a new government report. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should pressure states to review such deaths more closely, the Government Accountability Office says.
Anna Ortigara, Communications director, Green House® Project
A long-term care reference tool released Tuesday takes into account new market forces that are shaping the future of long-term care.
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen (R) has called for a "fundamental restructuring" of long-term care in his state, including expanding options beyond nursing home care.
Beth Baker, Author, Old Age in a New Age, about new nursing home models
Motown receives its first new nursing home since the 1980s. Private rooms lend a homelike touch to the renovated hospital space