New reports from the Government Accountability Office and AARP are taking aim at increasing prescription drug prices and the potential burdens they pose to consumers and government programs.
A nursing home in Alaska is earning praise from residents and their families for a new partnership that brings a taste of traditional native foods to the facility.
Service coordinators linked to 18% hospitalization reduction... Loneliness triggers cell changes that can cause illness in seniors... 12% of prescription drugs are given for unapproved uses
One in three skilled nursing facilities under Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement initiative testing will be shut out from a waiver of the three-day stay rule due to their star rating, according to a new published report.
New York has passed a new law giving the same anti-violence protections to healthcare workers already given to firefighters, emergency medical technicians and registered nurses.
A Programs of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly organization is being accused of denying enrollment to patients who needed expensive medical services, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Pfizer and Allergen will merge in $160 billion deal... SEC charges senior living exec in $190 million fraud... Kentucky sets LTC background check rules
A New York skilled nursing facility must recognize and bargain with a chapter of the Service Employees International Union after being cited for unfair tactics, a judge ruled last week.
A nursing home staffing company was ordered to pay 150 workers upwards of $730,000 in unpaid overtime wages and interest, a federal judge ruled last week.
A bill that would improve telecommunications and broadband access for skilled nursing facilities in rural areas was approved last week by the Senate Commerce Committee.
Proposed nursing home rule to go into effect September 2016... Florida hospice will pay $3M to settle FCA suit... Court rules temp workers can sue companies for bias... "Social jet lag" increases risk of diabetes
The rate of improper Medicaid payments has almost doubled over the past two fiscal years, according to a financial report from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Long-term care facilities can expect their annual loss rate to increase by 5% over the course of 2016, according to a new report released Thursday by the American Health Care Association and Aon Global Risk Consulting.
The former administrator of a Pennsylvania nursing home is facing theft charges after he allegedly stole more than $10,000 from the facility, authorities say.
Survey finds nurses happy with pay, but eager to change careers ... House advances two Medicaid 'loophole' fixing bills ... CMS hastens rate raise for dual-eligible plans
Alumni at a prestigious Washington, D.C. institution are raising concerns over the school's recent purchase of a nursing facility in an effort to expand their campus.
Minority patients face more challenges in obtaining their desired end-of-life care, often due to finances, new research suggests.
Kansas long-term care organizations say proposed changes to the Medicaid rebasing process aren't ideal, but are needed if it helps resolve issues stemming from the state's switch to privatized managed care.
Study: LTC pharmacies pay dramatically more for medications... Doctors support nursing homes in Golden Living lawsuits... Houston and Tulsa, OK top best places for RNs to work
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its final bundled payment model for hip and knee replacement surgeries, which includes plans to waive the three-day stay rule for beneficiaries entering "qualified" skilled nursing facilities.
A new study on long-term care insurance could help steer policy makers towards solutions for LTC funding, experts shared during a press briefing on Tuesday.
A new campaign from the Massachusetts Senior Care Association seeks to create a "pathway" to a $15 hourly wage for the state's 77,000 nursing home workers.
Nurse sues SNF over forced firing, "snitches get stitches" note... Nursing home administrator gets 7 days in jail for resident death... Failing sense of smell could be sign of Alzheimer's... Service Employees International Union endorses Clinton
A lawsuit alleging that the CEO of North American Health Care Inc. personally oversaw a kickback scheme will continue, despite his motion to have the case dismissed, a federal court ruled last week.
Medicare's readmission reduction is program is helping reduce the number of seniors readmitted to the hospital following joint replacement surgery, a new report from AARP has found.
Recent cuts to the number of documents a recovery audit contractor can request from a provider is "troubling," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said in a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Nursing home resident died of heroin overdose from husband, authorities say... Experimental Alzheimer's drug has anti-aging effects... Antibiotic prescribing for UTIs improves with intervention
Attorneys representing two ManorCare Health Services residents affected by a headline-making Hepatitis C outbreak have asked a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit against the operator so they can sue both ManorCare and its contractor, Trinity Health, in North Dakota state court.
Medicaid managed care plans should consider merging in order to best prepare for the future, a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers advises.
A former Minnesota nursing home employee who raped an 83-year-old resident with dementia was sentenced to eight years in prison last week, one year longer than prosecutors originally sought.
D.C. tops list of areas with highest Medicare waste... State's response to IJ citations woefully lacking, audit finds... Seniors not actually happier than younger people, study argues
Connecticut's largest union of healthcare workers has reached a tentative agreement to raise the minimum wage in several of the state's nursing homes to $15 per hour.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General will take aim at the payment system for skilled nursing facilities as part of its Fiscal Year 2016 Work Plan.
Federal prosecutors have dropped their motion to include Life Care Centers CEO Forrest Preston from a False Claims Act lawsuit filed against the company. But legal threats to Preston still remain.
Study finds 10% of seniors experience elder abuse ... CMS awards Special Innovation Projects to address sepsis detection, advance care planning ... Dementia, diabetes increase risk of dehydration in nursing home residents
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its final rule on Medicaid, which will include state requirements to review access plans for beneficiaries.
The number of medical records a recovery audit contractor can request from a provider will take a serious hit starting January 1.
An Ohio nursing home will pay $1 million to the family of a resident who died due to the facility's alleged "negligence and recklessness," including pressure ulcers, a judge ruled this week.
A California citizens group has filed a lawsuit against the state over its alleged failure to combat "patient dumping," in which nursing homes elbow out Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program, beneficiaries in favor of more lucrative Medicare and private pay patients.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will make available quality data on health plans participating in its dual eligibles demonstration program while it develops a star rating system, the agency announced last week.
A new vaccine could be more effective at reducing high cholesterol than statins alone — and cost dramatically less than other cholesterol treatments.
Connecticut launches LTC background check program... Nursing home workers join SEIU "Fight for $15" minimum wage rallies... SPRINT study results show benefits of aggressive blood pressure management
A prospective payment system that encompasses all post-acute care settings will be presented to Congress next year, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission said Friday.
Pennsylvania lawmakers have introduced legislation to address nursing home wages, following a report released last week that found 52% of the state's nursing home workforce can't support their families with what they earn.
A nursing home housekeeper who was fired for using vulgar language can't receive unemployment compensation, a Pennsylvania court ruled last week.
Obama signs PACE expansion bill into law... Healthcare job growth rate "not sustainable"... Widely used antibiotics may increase risk of cardiac death
A provision included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 that would double the maximum amount civil monetary penalties for providers has one leading healthcare organization crying foul.
Leaders of an association for nurse assessment coordinators have announced they will be rolling out a new organization for long-term care directors of nursing in 2016. A "soft" opening will occur in March, with a full rollout expected to occur at a conference in September, they told McKnight's.
A New York skilled nursing facility resident was sentenced last week for groping female staff and patients, and his wife is accused of misrepresenting his sex offender status when he was admitted.
Supreme Court will hear Little Sisters of the Poor contraceptive case... A sneak peek at the Pathways report findings... Report rips PA nursing home wages...
Two new rules that would update fire safety and emergency preparedness standards for healthcare facilities arrived at the White House for review this week.
Two more accountable care organizations left the Pioneer program this week, bringing the total that have publicly dropped it to 16.
Four Christian Science nursing facilities won't be able to fund their nurse training programs with Medicare money, a federal judge ruled this week.
Poll: Americans want price limits on drugs, devices and provider payments ... Study subjects judge placebos with brand labels more effective than generics ... Warren proposes bill to cover lack Social Security increase
Verizon Foundation has given a $23,000 grant to Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services to expand its Home to Stay program, including to skilled nursing residents.
A partnership between AOD Software and Inofile may signal new advances in secure interoperability, company executives said.
Epidermal growth factor, used to manage diabetic foot ulcers, may also be used to effectively treat oral ulcers in diabetes patients, a new study has found.
Using a skin adhesive under negative pressure wound therapy dressings can help maintain a durable seal for wounds located on hard-to-fit places of the body, a new case study has found.
Are there any changes related to nutrition and wound healing we should know about?
For long-term care providers who usually only check the sky to see if it's falling, the recent harvest supermoon lunar eclipse brought the chance for a fresh perspective.
Pressure ulcers that develop into serious wounds can be a major problem for skilled nursing facilities. Without the proper clinical expertise, the affected resident is likely to be sent to a hospital, driving up costs along with stress levels.
With its November launch of the iPad Pro, Apple is working to make the tablet more accessible to the healthcare industry. The tablet features a 12.9-inch viewing surface and 64-bit processor, as well as add-on capabilities that include a stylus and detachable keyboard.
The success stories submitted to the 4th annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards competition showcased how savvy providers put tech to use in meeting the needs of their residents and staff.
WASHINGTON D.C. — Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to The Little Sisters of the Poor during his September trip to Washington D.C.
We have a dementia unit and currently use a mini-mental state examination on our admissions. We have heard the mini-mental may not be the best test — do you know of any other that may be better?
Skilled nursing facilities need more help from experts and their own staffs to become better stewards of antibiotic use, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resource guide.
Provider advocates generally accept a proposal to bundle Medicare payments for one of the most common orthopedic procedures, but many believe the plan is being rushed while serious concerns about issues such as payment incentives and financial risks aren't being addressed.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is devising a plan that would pay skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, home health agencies and long-term care hospitals under a unified prospective payment system.
The SNF Final PPS rule for fiscal 2016 talks about SNF Value Based Purchasing. Can you explain it?
The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living will soon face their "most formidable challenge of all," in delivering a proposal for payment reform to Congress, chairman of the AHCA board of governors Leonard Russ told attendees at the organization's annual convention in October in San Antonio.
What troubles you about the latest GAO study of the nursing home Medicare PPS system?
It will be smooth sailing for continuing care retirement communities for the end of this year and through 2016, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings.
Skilled nursing facilities should start submitting electronic staffing data as soon as possible for the best results, federal officials said during a September conference call.
Antipsychotic medications may help those over age 60 who have been diagnosed with depression, according to results of a clinical trial published in The Lancet.
Long-term care workers have the lowest rate of influenza vaccine coverage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.
The government has renewed criticism of provider billing methods for therapy and says it will be re-evaluating the entire process.
The government's Recovery Audit Contractor program needs to be improved, asserts a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
I first heard about the sisters of Fraternite Notre Dame last winter, when two boilers broke down at a church they were running on Chicago's West Side.
A leading long-term care nurses group is praising the American Nurses Association's new "zero tolerance" policy regarding violence and bullying in healthcare workplaces.
I am a new director of nursing, and the staff is tired due to a lot of changes in the last year. Where do I start?
A federal court has rejected HCR ManorCare's claim that alleged overbilling for therapy was an example of clinical disagreements over what constitutes a reasonable level of therapy.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has added a significant decision to the body of rulings concerning nursing home pre-dispute arbitration agreements.
Will the new National Labor Relations Board rules change the definition of manager or turn operators into co-employers with staffing agencies?
End-of-life, hospice and palliative care are ubiquitous across practically every level of the long-term care continuum. On this page experts advise on getting your staff the best, most efficient opportunities for professional development in these areas.
A report released by investment firm Goldman Sachs named Brookdale Senior Living among six healthcare companies that make tempting targets for buyers.
A joint venture between Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III and NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc. acquired senior healthcare provider Trilogy Health Services for $1.125 billion, the companies announced in late September.
"One of my most favorite projects to work on when I'm not at work creating extraordinary experiences for our elders is gardening. I have perennials around my entire home and garage as well as two corner gardens that I spend numerous hours from spring until snow flies tending to."
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking comments on a new project that would develop measures for preventable hospital readmissions, the agency announced Wednesday.
An investigation into pharmaceutical drug pricing has been launched following the widely-publicized, steep price increases of certain drugs, the Senate's Special Committee on Aging announced Wednesday.
Close to 60% of American adults take at least one prescription drug — the highest percent ever — according to a new study released Tuesday.
Brookdale names new officials... Senators probe "gag orders" in online reviews... Researchers find way to reduce a major cause of frailty
Care coordination is often stymied by incorrect understanding of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a former Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services official noted Tuesday.
LeadingAge luminaries and past board chairmen such as Win Marshall, Audrey Weiner, Mary Alice Ryan and David Gehm weighed in onLarry Minnix's accomplishments from establishing the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) and Leadership Academy to increasing diversity
A recent ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could have "broad implications" for the future of nursing home arbitration agreements.
A Michigan nursing home is pushing for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former employee alleging pregnancy discrimination, stating there was nothing "improper" about her firing.
CNA allegedly funded vacation using deceased resident's credit card... GAO: Medicaid data is lacking, incomplete... Alzheimer's may be collection of diseases that need separate treatment
Katie Smith Sloan was introduced as LeadingAge's new president and chief executive officer, and Kathryn Roberts was installed as the association's board chairwoman at the group's annual meeting Monday morning in Boston.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its finalized 2016 Medicare payment rules for hospitals, physicians and other providers.
The three-part report, titled Beware the Fine Print, slams arbitration agreements used by car dealerships, credit cards and other industries, but takes particular aim at nursing homes in its second installment.
Nearly 500 hospitals pay $250 million to settle false cardiac device claims... Obama signs 2-year budget deal ahead of deadline... Juanita the Duck may return to senior living facility