The articulation of data is vitally important, and MedPAC is not the only entity interpreting, or misinterpreting, cost report and claim data.
There's no law that innovation has to spring from a completely unique, 100% original idea.
There's a lot of hand-wringing in the post-acute world these days as observers try to predict just how material the constant changes to reimbursement will be for the operators.
No factor has a greater impact on the quality of a nursing home resident's care and life than staffing levels, whether their outcomes are measured by moments in time (i.e., incidents & condition changes), or periods of time (i.e., physical & cognitive declines).
Recently, the Congressional Budget Office shed light on a looming problem for those who rely on Medicare for Part A services - the money will run out in just 10 years.
AMD dramatically impacts quality of life, manifesting in greater social dependence, challenges maintaining independence and early admission to nursing homes.
We are playing a bigger role in helping shift the view from seniors requiring treatment of an illness to that of a life lived that is full of exercise, activities and whole-person wellness.
I continue to be struck by how deep Five-Star has worked its way into the countless nooks and crannies of our industry. It's far beyond what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services intended since the rating system's inception in 2008. I'm also caught by the clear correlations between profitability and Five-Star, despite how short-lived the correlation truly is.
Annual evaluation of volunteers is important from a risk control perspective.
Juniper Communities prides itself on maintaining quality of life for those in their later years.
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