Skilled nursing occupancy falls in Q4, despite dramatic flu season impact ... GAO: Home health providers have too much sway over which patient cases get reviewed ... 'Urgent' need for more research into better prognostic and treatment guides for patients with brain injuries
Washington considers payroll deduction to fund long-term care insurance ... Citing high risk of fraud, Medicare extends ban on new home health agencies in six states ... Review shows aerobic exercise can delay Alzheimer's symptoms
An Oklahoma-based home healthcare provider will have to return millions in overpayments to Medicare after a judge upheld the use of the controversial statistical sampling method in the case against it.
Possible massive funding costs in the home healthcare sector could send more residents into institutional long-term care facilities — but that switch could mean higher costs for the Medicare program, experts warn.
Home health agencies would have more time to meet new conditions of participation under a new proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That may give hope to skilled nursing providers looking for their own extra time.
Thanks to new technology we have averted multiple re-hospitalizations, weeded out poor home healthcare providers, provided enhanced education to our patients and ensured that our commitment to our patients extends beyond their stay in our facilities.
A special one-hour, web-based open door forum will be held May 7 to explain to providers the new set of star ratings for the Home Health Compare website, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.
Nursing homes will be asked to deliver care much more efficiently and for significantly less over the next 10 years based on proposals in the 2016 budget released by the White House on Monday.
Minnix hopes White House aging conference will spur 'huge shift' ... CMS finalizes home health payment reductions ... Dementia is now No. 1 killer of women in England
Home health aides launch nationwide campaign for higher wages ... White House launches Conference on Aging website ... Structured resident interviews increase quality of life in the nursing home, Pitt researchers find
There is no denying that change is in the air. And I'm not just referring to yesterday's agreement that makes Kindred one of the nation's largest providers of post-acute and home care services.
Kindred overcomes Gentiva objections, forges $1.8 billion acquisition to expand gigantic healthcare 'ecosystem'October 10, 2014
Kindred Healthcare has succeeded in its quest to acquire Gentiva Health Services. The companies announced Thursday morning they would combine to create the fourth-biggest healthcare provider of any type in the United States. The $1.8 billion deal was approved by the boards of both companies, ending Kindred's five-month hostile takeover bid for the home health provider.
AHCA announces new board members and directors, Coble to be vice-chair ... Gastronomy tubes should not be used in those with advanced dementia or nearing death, ethics group says ... Home healthcare minimum wage enforcement delayed six months ... CMS revises latest MDS manual update
Home health providers will need to meet new referral, QAPI requirements to take part in Medicare and Medicaid ... Study: 'Prehab' could save $1,200 in post-acute costs per joint replacement patient ... Nobel Prize awarded for Alzheimer's-related research into mind's 'GPS'
AOD Software has bought Stratis Business Systems Inc., a home health and home care cloud-based software system.
Strokes declined 25% among seniors ... All nations should ensure long-term care for seniors, declaration to UN states ... Lawsuit: Shift to managed care denies home health services ... House bill would halt home health payment cuts
Senate bill for risk-adjusted hospital readmissions penalties ... New guidelines for treating MRSA skin infections ... CMS announces 5-star ratings for home health ... PERS product recall
Surveyors to report infection control lapses to public health agencies ... Home health providers stumble on infection control ... Socializing improves seniors' lungs ... Medicare to cover Hep C screening
Kindred Healthcare has launched a hostile takeover to acquire home health company Gentiva, announcing a $533 million bid Thursday. The total deal would be valued at $1.6 billion, including assumed debt.
Reimbursement is shifting to home health, hurting the finances of skilled nursing facilities, a newly released market analysis states.
People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers findApril 30, 2014
Seniors are more likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge if they have dementia, and the risk increases if they are taking an antipsychotic medication, according to recently published research findings. The study also found that discharge to a skilled nursing facility reduced hospital readmission risk when compared to discharge with home health services.
TriStar Home Health and Hospice, an Indiana division of Trilogy Health Services LLC, has been sold to ViaQuest Inc. The terms were not disclosed.
Home health providers should be subject to Medicare reimbursement penalties based on hospital readmission rates, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
Kindred Healthcare, one of the nation's largest long-term care operators, has completed the first phase of a repositioning plan and is entering a period of growth, company leaders recently announced.
Care Innovations™ Connect RCM (Remote Clinical Management) is now FDA-cleared for use in a home care setting, the company said.
The Department of Labor has announced it will extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home health workers providing direct care, earning cheers from long-time advocates of this policy.
By negotiating now, a nursing home can have a strong voice in an Accountable Care Organization. Otherwise, ACOs will come to nursing homes in two or three years with a "take it or leave it" proposition, according to John Durso, a partner at the law firm of Ungaretti & Harris LLP and a McKnight's Expert columnist.
Medicare expenditures for beneficiaries who are readmitted to the hospital within 60 days are twice as high as expenditures for beneficiaries who aren't readmitted, a new analysis sponsored by the home health industry finds.
Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that would require direct care workers in nursing homes to be licensed and meet training standards.
Federal officials have brought down what they said is the largest home health fraud scheme ever concocted. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said around $375 million was billed incorrectly to Medicare and Medicaid, and announced the suspension of 78 home health agencies associated with physician Jacques Roy, M.D., of Rockwall, TX.