Home Care

3 tips for a strong SNF-hospice partnership

3 tips for a strong SNF-hospice partnership

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Easier said than done. That phrase often pops into my head when I read the latest long-term care research.

Also in the news for September 8, 2014 . . .

CMS issues memo on therapy coding changes ... Home care workers join strikes for a higher minimum wage ... National Assisted Living Week kicks off

What are the scouts saying about your long-term care organization?

What are the scouts saying about your long-term care organization?

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There is no draft in senior living, nor really a need for one. But what if its three most dominant players were to be sized up? How might the scouts rate skilled care, assisted living and home care, respectively? My guess is their reports might look something like this:

CMS changes mind on hospice drugs

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The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services has revised guidance on authorization of hospice drugs for those under Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, according to a new memo.

AOD acquires Stratis Business Systems, Inc.

AOD Software has bought Stratis Business Systems Inc., a home health and home care cloud-based software system.

Kindred bid shows that not all the fishing will be taking place upstream

Kindred bid shows that not all the fishing will be taking place upstream

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Some might wonder why a skilled care giant like Kindred Healthcare would launch a $533 million hostile takeover bid of home-health provider Gentiva. The real question should be why such efforts haven't been happening more often.

Home care sensor market may be $1.2 billion by 2018

Home care sensor market may be $1.2 billion by 2018

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Just like the markets for skilled nursing and assisted living, demand for sensors in home care is expected to jump in the next five years.

Food for the aging soul

Food for the aging soul

Caring for someone with Alzheimer's requires ingenuity in the kitchen.

Help keep Holocaust survivors out of long-term care facilities, panelists urge Congressional lawmakers

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Strenuous efforts should be made to provide aging Holocaust survivors with home care, because institutional settings tend to trigger post-traumatic stress disorder for this group, experts told lawmakers at a recent hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

SCA promotes Renihan

SCA promotes Renihan

Josh Renihan is the new Vice President, US Healthcare Sales for SCA's Personal Care business in North America.

Senior services agencies reach critical moment in government shutdown, survey finds

Senior services agencies reach critical moment in government shutdown, survey finds

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Organizations that provide transportation, meals and other services to seniors who need home care are facing imminent service reductions due to the federal government shutdown, and this could mean increased nursing home admissions, according to the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).

The impact on overtime pay in home care

The impact on overtime pay in home care

The final ruling on the Federal Companionship Exemption took place recently as a result of a new proposal by the Obama administration. On the surface, the issue appears to be the eligibility of in-home caregivers to receive fair wages and overtime pay. Up until now, daily live-in senior care has been exempt from overtime pay under the companionship exemption within the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Long-term care is becoming primarily about dementia, report states

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The number of people with long-term care needs is set to triple by 2050, and dementia care will be increasingly at the forefront for providers, according to a new report from Alzheimer's Disease International.

Slow gardener, fast study

Slow gardener, fast study

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Stephen McAlilly, CEO and president, Mississippi Methodist Senior Services

Cost of private nursing home room now more than $94K, Hancock finds

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The cost of a private nursing home room rose an average of more than 3% per year during the past five years, and currently averages annually at more than $94,000, according to a new survey.

Proposed repeal could change live-in care

Proposed repeal could change live-in care

In-home senior care franchise owners are anticipating huge changes in early May due to Obama's Affordable Care Act. One of the biggest issues at hand is the repeal of the companion exemption.

Working across care settings to improve dementia care

Working across care settings to improve dementia care

Assisted living facilities, with or without a specialized memory wing, have started teaming up with in-home care companies that offer professional caregivers highly skilled in dementia care.

Why home care incentives will help SNFs

Why home care incentives will help SNFs

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Under a new program, New Hampshire will receive a fistful of dollars in order to keep people out of nursing homes. Seems like a bad break, right? In fact, wise nursing home operators will be grateful.

Big future ahead for sub-acute healthcare providers offering continuum of care, researchers predict

Big future ahead for sub-acute healthcare providers offering continuum of care, researchers predict

The market for long-term care services is likely to grow at a rate of 5% to 6% per year, a new study finds. Healthcare market research publisher Kalorama estimates the long-term care market in 2010 was $258 billion in its new report, "Long Term Care Market: Nursing Homes, Home Care, Hospice Care, and Assisted Living."

Attitudes about food create opportunities for healthcare operators and manufacturers

Attitudes about food create opportunities for healthcare operators and manufacturers

The first question, be it in discussion of a retirement community, healthcare facility, or similar location is, "How's the food?" For the food service operator, that's the million-dollar question.

Recession slows cost growth at some long-term care facilities

There were smaller cost increases at some long-term care facilities from 2008-2010 as a result of the economic recession, according to a new analysis from Prudential Financial Inc., a financial services company.

Consumer group takes on long-term care field

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The group formerly known NCCHNR is known for butting heads with nursing home associations. As it expands its advocacy mission, more long-term care providers are likely to feel the heat.

Nursing home costs rising faster than home-care costs, report finds

Nursing home costs rising faster than home-care costs, report finds

The cost of receiving long-term care services at home is increasing, but not nearly as rapidly as the cost of nursing home or assisted living services, according to findings of the 2010 Cost of Care Survey from Genworth Financial.

The federal government should invest more in home care

The federal government should invest more in home care

The Obama administration is taking the right step in investing in programs to support family caregivers. It needs to do more.

New checklist for at-home palliative sedation

Spanish researchers have created a new checklist to help caregivers provide palliative sedation in home-care settings.

Group suggests slashing nursing home spending to help fix New York's budget problems

One Albany-based group is recommending significant cuts to nursing homes and home care as a way to pare down New York's $3.2 billion deficit.

Report: Medicare cuts in Senate bill could lead to earnings losses at some nursing homes

About one in five nursing homes, hospitals and home care agencies could fall into the red as a result of Medicare cuts in the Senate healthcare reform bill, a new government study finds.

McKnight's Newsmaker Videos: Take a tour through AAHSA's Idea House

The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging provided a model house for aging in place at its annual conference this month. See the various rooms and the technology in the house in a two-part video tour. Go to www.mcknights.com and watch the two clips in the video section on the right-hand side of the page.

Everyone needs a long-term care plan

Everyone needs a long-term care plan

My parents wisely purchased long-term care insurance. They have showed me that now more than ever, it's important to think ahead.

CLASS Act would not increase federal deficit, AAHSA's Manard asserts

CLASS Act would not increase federal deficit, AAHSA's Manard asserts

Barbara Manard, vice president of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Wednesday countered criticism that the CLASS Act would contribute to the federal deficit.

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