The American Geriatrics Society has released an updated version of the Beers Criteria, a list of medications that are potentially dangerous if prescribed inappropriately to older adults.
The current payment system for nursing home therapy is "flawed," wrote American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson in a letter to the New York Times on Thursday.
Many seniors wrongly believe depression is normal part of aging: survey ... Hospice to pay $2.2 million to resolve false claims allegations ... Nurses council calls for action on safe staffing levels
Institutional long-term care pharmacy services provider PharMerica Corp. will pay $9.25 million to settle allegations that it solicited and received kickbacks, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Tom Coble has been elected chairman of the American Health Care Association's Board of Governors, the organization announced Wednesday.
The family of an assisted living facility resident who died after an alleged morphine overdose plans to sue the facility, according to CBS Chicago.
PA supreme court takes on arbitration issue... Revisions released to MDS 3.0 RAI manual... CMS launches new ACO dialysis model
Next year could be a "luxury" year for the American Health Care Association's interest on Capitol Hill if the group can maintain the successes it's seen this year through the end of 2015, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Clifton Porter II told attendees at the group's legislative update in San Antonio on Tuesday.
Value-based purchasing legislation for post-acute care is too focused on cutting payments, and not enough on promoting high quality, lower cost care, the American Hospital Association said this week.
The majority of the public has limited knowledge about dementia and Alzheimer's disease, with nearly two-thirds believing it's simply a normal part of aging, a new study has found.
Feds seek to limit Medicare premium increases... FDA approves injectable schizophrenia drug... 57% of pneumonia hospitalizations can be prevented with flu vaccine
Costly care drives people from private to public Medicare... Non-electronic communication prevents depression in seniors... CDC: New antibiotic-resistant superbug an emerging threat
An Illinois continuing care retirement community will pay a proposed $255,000 to settle allegations that it discriminated against residents with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday.
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 board of governors Leonard Russ told attendees at the organization's annual convention in San Antonio on Monday.
Commonly overlooked clinical indicators can lead to a nursing home resident being transferred, an expert advised Monday.
Residents with high cholesterol have a new choice. On August 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced approval of a Repatha injection for patients who cannot reduce their low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
Over the past year, Tennessee-based naviHealth, an awardee convener under Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, has announced partnerships with national nursing home chains Golden Living and HCR ManorCare, as well as with hospitalist group IPC Healthcare.
Diabetic foot ulcers cost the government almost $9 billion each year, and those in rural areas have a higher risk of amputation or death, according to new research.
Antimicrobial spray may be more useful than traditional dressings in reducing wound pain during healing, a new study has found.
MediLodge of Howell is in a small-knit community, and Administrator Matt Cortis knows residents are the voice of that community.
In August, pharmacy giant CVS Health announced it will work with three leading telehealth companies — American Well, Teladoc and Doctor on Demand — to expand patients' access to physicians.
There's no doubt today's long-term care provider must be able to dance with managed care and accountable care organizations. But while many are proving they can tango with transitions or rumba with readmissions, some are still looking for acute care partners with similar rhythm.
Black Medicare beneficiaries are far less likely to accept hospice care or prepare advanced care directives than their white counterparts, according to a new report from Kaiser Health News.
We are changing the system of how we mark clean equipment in storage and residents' rooms. Currently, we have a plastic bag over the items, and through training everyone knows these are the clean items. We have a new director of nursing and she wants the system changed to blue tape for dirty and tan tape for clean. Any suggestions?
While many administrators enter long-term care because of a personal experience, American College of Health Care Administrators interim CEO Sharon Colling's connection is different than most.
Many healthcare providers are willing to accept bundled payments from Medicare well before it's mandated, according to new data from research firm Avalere Health.
This month, one of the country's largest skilled nursing facility operators will begin offering its Kentucky-based members health insurance.
Medicare accountable care organizations saved the federal government more than $411 million in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Government Accountability Office is becoming well-versed at digging into the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' nursing home ratings system.
During the McKnight's Fall Expo, you talked about how technology can improve long-term care. How so?
McKnight's recently unveiled a dedicated website just for senior living professionals: McKnightsSeniorLiving.com.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will extend its initiative to improve care in nursing facilities, the agency announced in late August.
More than 30% of those over age 70 have memory problems, and a panel of aging experts said this population should have memory and reasoning ability evaluated annually by a healthcare provider.
A drop in occupancy rates and an increase in days cash-on-hand are among the findings in CliftonLarsonAllen's 30th Annual Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Comparison Report.
LeadingAge gave the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services a long list of concerns with recently proposed regulator's reforms, a lead lobbyist said in an August letter.
To really understand what is going on in the wacky world of Medicare therapy billing, here's all you really need to know.
Surveyors recently were unfair, and rude. They inappropriately threatened my managers with unfounded citations. The next time they come, I want to audiotape or videotape them. Can I legally do this?
Our company's regional nurse came to my facility and said we were going to start using insulin pens. Can you tell me what I should prepare for?
All healthcare workers and nurses should be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, the American Nurses Association advised in late August.
Federal regulators were combing through out-of-court agreements at press time to discern whether settlement terms reached by PharMerica Corp. and Kindred Healthcare would pass regulatory muster.
A North Carolina nursing home operator can't claim privilege in protecting documents created by its safety committee from discovery, a federal trial court has ruled.
Short-term rehab is a burgeoning and profitable business, but it's nothing to enter casually. Attracting and retaining patients and keeping beds continuously filled requires seizing the right niche and maintaining a proper patient flow.
Sex, consent and nursing home liability in the age of Alzheimer's can put providers in unfamiliar, uncomfortable and untenable situations — if they aren't prepared
Brandel Health & Rehab opens up floor plans to create more space while building a physical and cultural environment of transparency
Ventas Inc. announced it has completed the spin-off of the majority of its post-acute and skilled nursing facility portfolio into an independent, publicly traded REIT.
Physician staffing company TeamHealth acquired post-acute care group IPC Healthcare Inc. for $1.6 billion, the companies announced in August.
When Don Worke was 10 years old, he made a deal that would send him on a musical journey lasting almost 80 years.
McKnight's readers sound off on what"hidden talent they value most.
If you didn't work in long-term care and I asked you to specify what Illinois, Washington, Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico have in common, we could be waiting for your answer for a very long time.
The long-term care sector continues to show signs of steady growth, as modest rises in management salaries this year illustrate.
Two more American Senior Communities executives have left the company in the wake of last month's FBI raid, which led to the termination of the company's CEO.
A statewide background check program for potential long-term care employees was successful in its first month of operation, according to West Virginia officials.
Older adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are using opioids like codeine and morphine at a "remarkably high" rate, according to a new study in British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
Fear of falling influences adherence to fall prevention strategies... Brain implant may help Alzheimer's patients keep their memories... Hospice pays $3 million for fraud allegations
A family member must have an explicit right to waive a long-term care resident's right to a jury trial when signing an arbitration agreement, otherwise it cannot be enforced, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled.
Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) blasted the three-day hospital stay rule during comments to providers Thursday, insisting it would be better to let physicians admit residents directly to skilled care facilities. He spoke during the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care's annual meeting near Washington.
Mid-Atlantic Health Care has earned the Gold Award in the Quality category of McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards for creating its own data system to improve the quality of care provided in its facilities.
Residents at a California senior living facility are facing off with state wildlife officials over a wild duck they've raised as a pet for the past two years.
Resveratrol shows promise in Alzheimer's trials... ICD-10 progress report still weeks away, CMS says... Post-heart attack care, outcomes worse for women
The Medicare payment system for skilled nursing facilities needs to be re-evaluated to weed out exploitative providers, a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General says.
Technology upgrades across ABHOW's Rosewood Senior Living campus in Bakersfield, CA, helped make maintenance and transportation more efficient, plus boosted resident use of Internet applications.
The more a skilled nursing facility treats residents with hip fractures, the better it becomes at helping seniors transition back into the community, a new study has found.
Increasing calcium intake doesn't improve seniors' bone health... Antipsychotics increase risk of death in people with Parkinson's psychosis... FDA approves new laser-based hearing aid
Morning Pointe Assisted Living, which operates 24 assisted living and memory care communities in the Southeastern U.S., met the demand for better Alzheimer's care programs with the development of Meaningful Day, a structured enrichment program is built around residents' biological rhythms and predictability.
The former administrator of a Georgia nursing home was sentenced this week for stealing more than $300,000 in disability payments from a resident.
A bill championed by business groups, state regulators and the health insurance industry to keep the definition for small group health plans at 50 or fewer employees was passed by the House this week.
A Canadian nursing home is facing scrutiny for what officials say is a bird-brained plan for destroying resident records: sending them to a chicken farm.
Bright light therapy reduces depression, agitation in dementia patients... Health Care REIT becomes Welltower today... Stem cell trial shows promise for curing age-related blindness
Charles E. Smith Life Communities won the Gold Award in the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards in the Dignity category for its use of this interactive memory care.
More than half of the world's population of adults over the age of 65, around 300 million people, aren't able to receive the critical long-term care they need, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization.
A government complaint alleging HCR ManorCare overbilled Medicare for rehabilitation services is a viable cause of action under the False Claims Act, a judge has ruled.
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CMS announces new medication management model... Drug combo could help older adults with depression... Second-generation antipsychotics may work best for delirium
Colonial Park Care Center in Harrisburg, PA, uses the InTouch Telehealth Network to bring the expertise of physicians into its skilled nursing facility, helping to control costs and prevent avoidable hospital readmissions.
A possible government shutdown won't affect the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans for the October 1 transition to ICD-10, the agency said last week.
Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to The Little Sisters of the Poor during his trip to Washington D.C. last week. He indicated his support to the nuns in their battle against a federal requirement to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees.
Veterans' home nurse arrested for oxycodone theft... Report: Aging America needs policy changes... Seniors who work are healthier than those who don't
Arbitration clauses inserted into nursing home admission contracts do not adequately protect residents' rights, and should be outright banned, senators urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a letter this week.
A 61-year-old resident of a Texas skilled nursing facility and her son died of gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide Thursday morning.
An Alabama man has been arrested after making threatening phone calls to the nursing home where his ex-girlfriend works and threatening staff, according to police.
Senior living titan Granger Cobb dies... Provider sued for pregnancy, disability discrimination... Hearing loss in seniors tied to earlier death... Frailty in older Americans varies by region, race
Massive insurance company mergers will help the healthcare industry move toward value-based pay, CEOs of two insurance companies on the brink of acquisition deals testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must rethink a section of the controversial two-midnight rule that would cut 0.2% from inpatient payments to hospitals, a federal judge ruled this week.
Fall prevention programs may help Medicare beneficiaries save money on hospitalizations and skilled nursing facility care, a new study has found.
One-tenth the needed physicians trained to care for aging population... Bill would create prizes for Alzheimer's research... Combining cough suppressants, heart medication eases Alzheimer's agitation
The family of a nursing home resident who died of injuries sustained in a fall can't invoke the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act when seeking damages, a court has ruled.
Adventist Health System has agreed to pay $118.7 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleges the Florida-based company paid kickbacks to doctors in exchange for referrals.
A former employee of a Minneapolis nursing home pleaded guilty this week to charges that he raped a resident who suffered from dementia. He also agreed to an unusual settlement that would require him to pay $15 million to the victim's estate if he is convicted again.
Report: diagnostic errors need 'urgent' fix... MA publicizes names of facilities cited for misleading Alzheimer's ads... Existing arthritis drug helps fight Alzheimer's
After taking aim at "loopholes" and vulnerabilities in Medicaid, lawmakers have turned their attention to legislation designed to improve the program for beneficiaries.
Medicare Advantage enrollment is expected to increase next year for the sixth straight year, and grow to cover 32% of Medicare beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday.
The CEO of American Senior Communities has been fired in the wake of an FBI and IRS investigation targeting the company's headquarters and his home.
Continuing care retirement communities continue a stable rating outlook for the end of this year and through 2016, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings.
A New York nursing home administrator and former board chairman of the American College of Health Care Administrators was found not guilty of misdemeanor corruption charges on Thursday.
An umbrella organization for long-term care consumer groups is calling for tougher restrictions on nursing homes that it says are "chronic" violators of quality care standards.
State nursing home tax could raise private pay costs... Town wants 75% of businesses 'dementia friendly'... 'The View' invites nurses to be on show in light of controversy
Skilled nursing facilities should start submitting electronic staffing data Oct. 1 for the best results, federal officials said during a SNF Open Door Forum conference call Thursday.
A nursing home can't receive immunity from a wrongful death lawsuit because of its charitable status, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
Healthcare personnel working in long-term care settings have the lowest rate of influenza vaccine coverage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.
Nursing homes testing six-hour work day... Link between stress, Alzheimer's found... Diabetes takes worse toll on women's hearts than men's