Medicare payments could be adjusted to reflect how hospice services tend to be more intensive at the beginning and end, according to findings recently published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Information Products & Data Analytics.
A terminally ill nursing home resident in Ohio has died after his son is alleged to have smothered him, according to police.
House passes bill to revamp veterans' care ... Professional nursing home exercise instructors boost resident involvement and exertion levels ... CA long-term care committee holds first meeting
A bill that would require hospitals to give patients a formal notice of their admission status has received strong support from healthcare associations.
States have been increasingly taxing skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare providers to fund Medicaid in recent years, and federal authorities should look more closely at this trend, according to a government report released Tuesday.
There are hours left for innovative long-term care providers to enter the third annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards. Submissions will be accepted until the stroke of midnight tonight.
McKnight's walked away with three national awards that were handed out by the Association of Business Press Editors at a recent ceremony in Chicago.
$31,000 fine for nursing home where resident fell from lift ... Pacemakers more common in those with dementia ... Kindred now wants to purchase Gentiva whole ... 11-year sentence for nursing home rapist ... CMS clarifies 3-day stay waivers for bundled payment participants
The Medicare trust fund is on track to remain solvent until 2030, trustees of the program stated in a Congressional report released Monday. This improved outlook is due in part to revised expectations about the case mix in skilled nursing facilities.
A bill introduced in the House of Representatives would target improved care coordination for seniors, also adding it under the Older Americans Act.
The final countdown has begun: Long-term care providers have less than 48 hours to enter the third annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards. Submissions will be accepted through July 30.
Brookdale enters $350K settlement over hiring workers excluded from federal programs ... Seniors are more troubled by distractions, researchers find ... Government publishes new Medicare Quality Improvement Organization requirements ... NQF to test risk-adjusted quality measures
Empowering nursing assistants and family members of nursing home residents in decision-making results improved service, a new study finds.
As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission evaluate site-neutral payments, a new brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explores the debate and proposals.
Life experiences with intellectual stimulation may have more impact than demographic influences on cognitive abilities in older adults, researchers find.
Nursing home aide accused of choking a resident....Monitoring pulse after stroke may prevent another stroke...Slow walking speed may predict dementia
Florida authorities say a nursing home is citing privacy laws to impede the investigation of a possible resident rape, according to local news reports.
A Massachusetts jury has awarded $14 million to the family of a nursing home resident who died due to a pressure ulcer, dehydration and other conditions linked to negligent care, according to local news reports.
Continuing care retirement community executive director salaries have barely increased in the past year, while therapy and rehabilitation directors received a boost, a new report shows. The average salary for a therapy and rehab director is currently $95,905.
Special compounds could deal knockout blow to deadly superbug CRE, scientists say ... AdCare will no longer operate skilled nursing facilities, execs announce ... COPD medical costs run to $32 billion annually
Midwestern hospitals spread referrals to the greatest variety of skilled nursing facilities and tap their favorite SNFs least often, according to a recently published analysis of nationwide referral patterns.
Nursing homes could face more stringent scheduling requirements for housekeeping workers and might be on the hook to compensate them for last-minute shift changes under a bill proposed in both houses of Congress.
New memory care accreditation for nursing homes encourages staff to use a flexible, problem-solving approach to care for those with dementia, according to Joint Commission guidelines.
Cancer drugs offer promising oral medication for Alzheimer's, researchers say ... Advocacy groups lobby for palliative care bills ... Multiple chronic conditions threaten seniors' life expectancy gains
The number of people infected in an infamous North Dakota Hepatitis C outbreak has risen, state health officials say.
The National Quality Forum has come out in strong support of a proposed standardized quality measures, such as skin integrity, across different types of post-acute care settings. Uniform assessments are seen as a necessary step to site-neutral payments.
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.
Joint Commission releases free nursing home resource on preventing infection ... ACA in the balance again as two courts issue contrary rulings on subsidies ... Obama's executive order on LGBT workplace rights extends to some nursing homes
Strong leaders must be vigilant or they could stifle a company's innovation and growth, a CEO panel said Monday at the 2014 LINK LTC and Senior Living Conference in Chicago.
An hour-long educational coaching session and up to three follow-up phone calls reduced readmissions by 39% among Medicare patients, a new study finds.
An Ohio county is evaluating whether 20 beds at its nursing home could be dedicated for heroin addicts during their withdrawal, according to local reports.
A nursing home resident in Ohio suffered fatal burns from a radiator, leading to arbitration that ended last week with a $1.2 million award.
An arthritis drug stopped the deterioration of cognitive functions and activities of daily living capabilities in Alzheimer's patients in a small trial, researchers from the University of Southampton in England recently announced.
Certain long-term care providers would get a temporary break on Affordable Care Act requirements regarding employee insurance plans under a bill introduced in the House of Representatives.
Kindred reportedly has a rival for Gentiva ... Major insurer exits Medicaid managed care in New York ... Seniors take advantage of three-midnight waivers
Despite "imminent retirement" of baby boomers, more registered nurses are working longer after age 50, researchers find.
Life Care Centers of America is shedding its related home health business in a $10 million sale to LHC Group Inc., the company announced.
Nursing homes and other non-hospital providers largely have been overlooked in efforts to improve patient safety, and this needs to change, an expert told a Senate panel Thursday. Today, "little is known" about the "distinct safety issues" in nursing homes and other non-hospital settings, said Tejal Gandhi, M.D., MPH, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation and a professor at Harvard Medical School.
Single injection reverses diabetes causes, symptoms in mice ... Nursing home wing to become heroin detox unit? ... "Multitude of barriers" to better end-of-life care in nursing homes
Some nursing homes are not accepting a dementia training resource sent by the government, even though it is free and recommended, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Nursing.
Experts advise healthcare facilities to avoid a "heavily marketed" soap in updated hand hygiene guidelines published Wednesday.
A nursing home cannot cite Medicare and Medicaid payment methods to escape charges that it provided "worthless services," a federal judge recently ruled in a False Claims Act case.
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
Healthcare providers may feel more pressure of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enforcement in states like Rhode Island and Alaska, according to data compiled by TrueVault, a HIPAA compliance company.
Medicare and Medicaid spending will grow at a slower rate than past predictions indicated, the Congressional Budget Office stated Tuesday. However, an aging population will put increasing pressure on government healthcare programs.
The odds of developing Alzheimer's disease fell sharply among seniors in the United States over the last 30 years, according to research presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen.
Gardening therapy helps reduce dementia-related agitation ... Senators hear about challenges in providing care for chronic conditions ... Men should do pelvic floor exercises to stave off incontinence ... VA seeks to update fire safety code for nursing homes
The prevalence and frequency of antibiotic use among hospice patients is high despite little evidence of effectiveness, researchers say.
Cataract surgery improves cognition and singing familiar songs improves communication skills in people with dementia, according to recently announced research findings.
A Pennsylvania skilled nursing provider cannot escape liability for hiring hundreds of workers after illegal medical screenings, a federal judge recently ruled.
Accomplice in nursing home photo scandal yet to be identified ... Cheap diabetes drug could keep Alzheimer's at bay? ... Kindred narrows Gentiva bid, raises offer price ... AIR Act would cut DMEPOS audits
The McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards application deadline has been extended to July 30.
Assisted living inventory growth reached a historic high in the second quarter of 2014, while nursing home inventory continued its slight downward trajectory, according to data released Friday by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.
Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors returned $100.4 million in underpayments to healthcare providers in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced.
New checklist for planning dementia-friendly nursing home activities ... Stem cell injections reduce stress incontinence ... KY nursing home reaches $30K settlement over hiring of excluded nurse
A 63-year-old nursing home resident allegedly killed his roommate by forcing a sandwich down his throat, Mississippi authorities say. The sandwich was contained in a cellophane bag.
Efforts to root out Medicare fraud have put far too many above-board providers in auditors' crosshairs, leading to a staggering backlog of appeals that has no easy fix, Congressional lawmakers and a top government official said during a hearing Thursday.
Long-term care providers have until the stroke of midnight tonight to submit their entries to the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards.
Genesis nursing home fired dietary worker due to her disability, government alleges ... Rehabilitation provider groups brief Senators, present findings that IRFs outperform SNFs ... Medicare accounted for the most improper payments the government made last year
Reducing readmissions would have the most significant impact in bringing down U.S. healthcare costs, according to a survey of health quality experts.
The Medicare claims review process is unfairly burdening healthcare providers and failing to improve program integrity, due in part to the payment system for certain auditors, Senate leaders said during a roundtable hearing Wednesday.
Elder abuse is inflicted upon many of the more than 2 million Americans in long-term care settings, and more oversight is needed, according to a government report published Wednesday.
Few federal workers consider LTC insurance important ... Gentiva releases positive earning outlook after rejecting Kindred's bids ... Study demonstrates nursing home Vitamin D supplement program
Authorities have asserted that Signature HealthCARE billed Medicaid for $2 million in unapproved costs, but this was an oversimplification that presented the company in an unfair light, the large long-term care provider contends.
An Alabama nursing home is being sued after it allegedly refused to allow a Muslim worker to wear a hijab on the job, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week.
A lack of necessary authority and struggles with management are among multiple factors contributing to nurses' high levels of stress, according to recently released survey results.
Alzheimer's blood test approaches 90% accuracy ... Sandalwood aromatherapy could aid wound healing ... LTC stakeholders develop strategies to improve person-centered dementia care ... Healthcare infrastructure not ready for longitudinal care plans
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised the manual that long-term care facility surveyors refer to, updating interpretive guidelines related to F-Tags.
Accountable care organizations should be assessed on the number of people who return to a member hospital within 30 days of being discharged to a skilled nursing facility, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has stated in a proposed rule.
Individuals with advanced dementia had better behavior after viewing a Japanese garden in a nursing home, researchers find.
Providers sue CA over dual eligible demo, cite seniors' "vast confusion" ... Judge grants final approval in CT Olmstead case ... Simpler Alzheimer's diagnosis method
Long-term care providers will be able to appeal certain Medicare claims decisions without going through an administrative law judge hearing, the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) announced Thursday.
A new index that will help track and control antibiotic resistance in healthcare facilities will be released in July, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Long-term care providers that have used technology to achieve eldercare excellence still have a chance to earn well-deserved recognition — but only for a few more days. The submission period for the 3rd annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards ends Friday.
Huge HIPAA breach inevitable, providers 'behind' crooks ... Nursing home doc has to pay back $57K to Medicaid ... Alzheimer's drug development not looking good ... Insulin pumps better than injections for diabetes care
Medicaid is paying the lowest average price for 78 high-use and high-expenditure brand-name and generic drugs, a new federal report finds.
About one-third of knee replacement surgeries in the U.S. were classified as "inappropriate," which is higher than expected, Virginia researchers assert in a new study.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a petition from Extendicare Homes to review a conflict over an arbitration agreement and wrongful death lawsuit.
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The Archdiocese of Philadelphia sells nursing homes for $145 million .... Iowa City nursing home employee used facility as "sexual hunting ground," according to judge .... The National Center for Assisted Living has announced the 2014 honorees of its NCAL Awards Program.
HCR ManorCare has sued Trinity Health after analysis suggested an association between a large hepatitis C outbreak and podiatry and blood draw services that the skilled nursing company contracted with Trinity for, according to local reports.
Healthcare providers should expect that they will be paid exclusively through managed care systems by 2025, a former White House adviser said Tuesday.
A Supreme Court ruling handed down earlier this week bolstered a legal case being pursued by The Little Sisters of the Poor, according to attorneys for the nonprofit nursing home operator. However, other experts said the opposite in an analysis of the rulings published Tuesday.
CMS releases proposed home health 2015 payment rates ... US brings healthcare spending in line with similar countries ... Gentiva board unanimously rejects Kindred ... FDA tightens compounded drug restrictions
I thought the Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs) were on hold. Why did we still get a request for records?
The predominance of fee-for-service payment methods is the greatest barrier to improving efficiency in the nation's healthcare system, according to a May 29 report from a panel of White House advisors. The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology criticized the FFS payment model because it focuses on the volume of services provided rather than on better outcomes.
Government health programs could save money and health outcomes could improve if more dual-eligible beneficiaries were to go from hospitals to well-staffed long-term and post-acute facilities, according to research from Brown and Harvard universities.
With a supportive work environment and plenty of opportunity, Oregon took first in a 2014 ranking of the best and worst states for nursing.
Efforts at reducing rehospitalization of nursing home residents can empower nurses, but such initiatives can also put them in challenging positions, according to study results published in the May issue of Research in Gerontological Nursing.
With so many wound care dressings and treatments available, how can you make the right decision?
Bacteria typically found in the gastrointestinal system, such as E.Coli and Bacteroides species, were found in war wounds that healed successfully, according to a recent study.
Non-aspirin pain relievers may be a better choice for residents with chronic wounds, according to new research.
What tips do you have for working with anticoagulants?
While it is clear that poor vision increases the risk of falling, improved vision might also increase this risk, a new study suggests.
Q: Would an SGR repeal inevitably be financed through Medicare cuts to long-term care providers?
A former nurse has received an $11.6 million government settlement to pay for future care after a flu vaccine paralyzed her.
Authorities have fined a Florida nursing home $16,000 for reviving a resident who had a do-not-resuscitate order.
Drinking black chokeberry juice may reduce the rate of urinary tract infections among nursing home residents, according to findings published in Nutrition Research in June.
Certain lights may improve quality of life for residents with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, according to a new study.
McKnight's Long-Term Care News Senior Editor Elizabeth Newman earned a Grand Award for blog writing, and McKnight's staff pulled in four other Awards of Excellence in the 2014 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence program.