Families trying to help older adults to agree to supportive services or additional care often face the barrier of perceived stubbornness, which researchers say can be mitigated with proper intervention.
Senate votes to reauthorize Older Americans Act ... FDA to strengthen review of automatic external defibrillators .... Groups push back against dual eligible Part D rebates.
A former nursing home business office manager in Michigan has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $460,000 from residents.
Medicare reimbursements grew modestly in 2014, according to a government report that focused on the decrease in the federal deficit.
Court: Residents' 'immediate jeopardy' outweighs bankruptcy considerations, so provider license may be revoked after all
Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration can continue to try to revoke a nursing home's operating license, despite the facility declaring bankruptcy, a federal bankruptcy court has ruled.
The House Ethics Committee in Indiana has voted for a revised ethics code in the wake of allegations that a former state House Speaker lobbied lawmakers to kill a ban on nursing home construction that would have cost his family business millions.
Longevity gene related to planning and decision-making...Indiana to expand Medicaid... Penn researchers identify molecule related to diabetes and wounds
Long-term care leaders on Monday called a first-ever federal timeline for greater levels of bundled and other alternative payments "aggressive" but "a good thing."
Two federal lawmakers are calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to crack down on states that don't enforce eligibility and asset-transfer regulations.
The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a nursing home must pay a bed tax even if it does not receive a benefit.
Nursing homes ripped over use of guardianship law for debt collection ... Dementia linked to common drugs: hay fever, insomnia, other over-the-counter meds ... Widespread flu activity expected to continue for weeks: CDC ... Severe Alzheimer's improved with drug-therapy regimen, small study shows.
Raising the definition of a full-time workweek from 30 to 40 hours would result in fewer work hours for many employees, Senate Democrats argued at a hearing last week.
Senate Democrats back faster union elections ... Gentiva approves Kindred deal ... Life after stroke riskiest for those living alone, especially older men ... Heart failure patients bounce back to ERs for complex reasons
Don't count Rep. Diane Black among the supporters of the current model for accountable care organizations. The Tennessee Republican said late last week that it's too risky for providers who wish to participate.
Evidence-based reasons for why some nursing homes serving Medicaid-heavy populations outperform others will soon be available.
Long-term care providers could have good reason to worry that forthcoming Medicare reforms could cut into their reimbursements, following a two-day hearing on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers reiterated pledges to permanently change the way physician payment rates are calculated. They also emphasized that provider reimbursement cuts and beneficiary cost-sharing might very well be needed due to the price-tag on the policy shift.
Medicare beneficiaries can continue to press their case that hospitals' observation stay practices are violating patient rights, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Recently implemented Medicare penalties are having a greater impact on hospitals than newly available bonuses, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.
Former nursing home CNA gets probation, fine for providing resident info to notorious identity thief ... Number of nurse practitioners doubled in the last decade ... CMS launches star ratings for dialysis providers ... Chicago is worst city for bedbugs
Workers are leaving long-term care at a faster rate than they are joining the field, according to a new report from the University of California, San Francisco. And many people experience poverty after leaving long-term care jobs, suggesting that employers and policymakers urgently need to ensure the safety of these workers and boost professional development efforts, report authors argue.
The Supreme Court appears to be split over the question of whether healthcare providers have a right to sue states over low Medicaid rates, court watchers noted after oral arguments on Tuesday.
The White House and Congress should work together to ensure that older Americans have necessary financial resources, including for long-term care, provider associations and prominent lawmakers said in response to Tuesday's State of the Union address.
Older Americans Act up for reauthorization again, would ensure access to LTC ombudsmen ... New understanding of blood-brain barrier suggests method to beat back dementia ... Rosenbloom urges passage of long-term care drug dispensing bill ... ONC selects first Chief Health Information Officer
Getting rid of hospital observation stays might not be a good idea after all, according to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members who previously pushed for the change. Even if observation status is not scrapped as a category, there are other potential solutions on the table to make post-acute care more accessible.
When it comes to caring for long-stay residents, rural nursing homes do better if they hit a staffing ratio of one full-time registered nurse for every four full-time nursing employees, according to recently published findings.
Fixing Medicare's broken physician payment system is a "must pass" order of business, a key Senate leader said on Tuesday.
Nursing home residents are in less pain overall, but more severe pain still poses problems ... Universal screening, decolonization do not improve nursing home MRSA rates
Long-term care facilities across the country are being hit hard by the seasonal flu, due in part to a problem with this year's vaccine, federal officials stated late last week.
Long-term care providers should be aware that residents' chewing and swallowing ability might be worse at the end of a prolonged meal, increasing the risk of aspiration pneumonia and other conditions, suggest recently published findings.
There is no solid research showing that long-term opioid use is an effective treatment for chronic pain, a National Institutes of Health panel has determined.
CMS chief Tavenner to step down ... House committee announces hearing on SGR ... Lawyer wants WV Supreme Court justice off nursing home case
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has unanimously voted to recommend site-neutral payments for certain post-acute services. Skilled nursing interests have championed the policy, but opponents also have been vocal and blasted the vote that took place Thursday in Washington.
A Missouri podiatrist has agreed to pay nearly $1 million for repeatedly billing for more complex services after clipping nursing home residents' toenails, federal authorities recently announced. The podiatrist also faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
A draft bill in the House of Representatives proposes reimbursing Medicare providers at the same rate for telehealth and in-person visits. Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Health began circulating the draft on Monday, according to news sources.
RAC changes could mean more attention on skilled nursing ... Medicare spending peaks at age 96, then declines ... Home health wage increase was an overreach and will not take place, judge rules ... Depression, appetite loss are earlier signs of dementia than previously thought
McKnight's will not publish its Daily Update on Monday, Jan. 19 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Hospice services have rapidly expanded in assisted living facilities, giving rise to suspicions about Medicare billing patterns, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
Providers are being overly burdened by increasing numbers of quality measures, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission stated in a recent letter to a top health official. The government should take a step back and reevaluate its approach, the letter added.
Federal funding might not be a critical factor in bringing down hospital readmissions rates, suggests a recently released report on a program out of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
Government proposes making it easier for some facilities to get loans for fire safety equipment ... Protein associated with animal hibernation could help freeze Alzheimer's in its tracks ... LTC software market to grow 14% globally by 2019 ... Hospitals reduced MRSA and C. diff by about 10%
Years of Medicare reforms actually have worsened the way skilled nursing providers are reimbursed, and more sweeping changes are needed urgently, according to a new report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and the Urban Institute.
Antipsychotics increase fall risk 50% for long-term care residents and those living in community, study finds
Taking an antipsychotic medication greatly increases the chances that a senior will fall or sustain a fracture, regardless of where that person is living, what drug is involved or what dose is taken, according to recently published findings.
Long-term care providers might be able to use a special type of gas to rid surfaces of norovirus, recently published findings suggest.
AHCA applauds reintroduction of bill to eliminate 3-day stay requirement ... Joint Commission launches new online portal with HAI resources ... Trial begins for cop accused of killing resident with bean bag rounds ... J&J strikes potential $500 million deal to develop Alzheimer's vaccines ... Common spice could hold powerful weapon against Alzheimer's
One of the largest nursing home chains in the nation uses background checks on potential employees in a way that violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week.
Long-term care providers that charge people to access their electronic health records might be violating federal law, according to recently released findings from the American Health Information Management Association.
Older adults can reduce their risk of falling by playing catch with a weighted medicine ball, according to recently published findings.
Night shifts significantly increase black women's diabetes risk, study finds ... Nursing homes, other providers spent $94 billion on paperwork that could be avoided in streamlined healthcare system, study finds ... Fragility may be more important than gender as a risk factor for sexual abuse in nursing homes, analysis suggests ... FDA approves enteral medication for advanced Parkinson's
Today marks the launch of a comprehensive new effort from the nation's largest long-term care provider association, aimed at encouraging constructive reforms of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate.
A former Arkansas circuit court judge has pleaded guilty to charges that he took a bribe in exchange for reducing a $5.2 million judgment against a nursing home, authorities announced Friday.
The occupancy rate for nursing facilities and assisted living facilities held steady in the fourth quarter of 2014, while the rate for independent living continued its surge, according to data released Friday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.
Multi-drug cocktail could be the future of Alzheimer's treatment, early trial suggests ... Former assisted living chief pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme ... Self-audits essential to avoiding therapy-related False Claims suits, attorneys advise ... Nursing home owner sentenced to 3 months in a halfway house over campaign corruption
A federally funded project to reduce avoidable hospitalizations of nursing home residents got off to a strong start in its first year, according to recently published findings.
Taking a man-made form of insulin improved memory and cognition in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, according to recently published findings.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) on Thursday was elected chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, a group that frequently addresses issues related to long-term care.
LeadingAge launches survey for renaming CCRCs ... Triglyceride slows progression of Huntington's disease in pilot trial ... Google searches suggest 'nursing home' falling into disfavor
A New Jersey nursing home broke federal law by posting a memorandum pleading for staff unity after a tumultuous union election, a National Labor Relations Board panel recently determined.
A newly discovered type of antibiotic could be an ideal weapon against potentially fatal infections that plague long-term care facilities, according to findings published yesterday in Nature. It might also be a breakthrough in the effort to create drugs that harmful bacteria cannot develop resistance to, the researchers announced.
Long-term care operators might want to review policies for identifying visitors, following allegations that a man posing as a T-Mobile worker gained access to an assisted living facility and stole copper pipes and wiring from the roof.
Congress moves to redefine ACA definition of full-time work ... Discovery could lead to inhalable vaccines for flu and pneumonia, researchers say ... New resource on resident-on-resident aggression from Consumer Voice
The government cannot cut off reimbursements to a nursing home that entered bankruptcy while appealing the termination of its Medicare and Medicaid certification, a federal judge recently ruled. The controversial decision could lead other nursing homes to enter Chapter 11 to preserve reimbursements, according to legal experts.
Long-term care nurses who work rotating night shifts might be at increased risk of death, particularly from heart disease and lung cancer, according to recently published findings from Harvard Medical School.
Lapses in nursing home care are significantly linked to the incidence of urinary tract infections, according to recently published findings.
Breaking the law can signal dementia onset, researchers find ... Most caregivers believe EHRs are best for advance directives, but paper still prevalent, study shows ... Judge delays boost in home health pay until Jan. 15
Connolly LLC will be the recovery audit contractor responsible for reviewing durable medical equipment, hospice and home health claims on a nationwide basis, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced. This kicks off the new round of RAC contracts, and promised changes to the program now will start to be implemented, CMS stated.
The former chief executive of an assisted living provider has sued the Securities and Exchange Commission, arguing against its practice of bringing cases before an "in-house" court, Reuters reported Monday.
Nursing homes should evaluate how certified nursing assistants learn about the death of residents in order to improve the workers' on-the-job experience, according to recently published findings.
Flu has reached epidemic levels, CDC announces ... Dramatic growth of for-profit hospice chains should inform future policies, researchers say ... Flooding prompts nursing home evacuation in WA ... Living with children could mean you underestimate future LTC needs, study finds
The National Quality Forum has endorsed the PointRight® Pro 30™ rehospitalization measure, the company and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living announced today.
Nearly $81 million has been made in payments on behalf of beneficiaries in Pioneer accountable care organizations through Sept. 30, a new report finds.
Chinese authorities remove cross at nursing home...Seniors accurately reporting cognitive function through self-monitoring tool, study finds...Wyoming woman sues Kindred over negligent care allegations
» Walker & Dunlop said a $9.9 million loan for the refinance of Vista Healthcare Center in California has closed. The center has 187 skilled nursing beds. The transaction was processed through the HUD's LEAN program. The borrower, LifeHOUSE Health Services, will be able to pay off existing intra-company debt and take advantage of a long-term sub-4% rate. The loan is "somewhat unique," the firm said, as it carries a one-year lockout period with four years of lower-than-standard prepayment penalties.
Kindred Healthcare will expand its headquarters and add about 500 jobs, the company announced in December.
Long-term care providers should prepare for higher liability costs. They are anticipated to increase by 5% on a national basis in 2015, according to a new analysis from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living and Aon Global Risk Consulting, an arm of insurer Aon plc.
The National Association of Medicaid Directors is asking for more guidance on the dual-eligible program and for regulators to "articulate next steps for existing financial alignment demonstrations."
Federal agencies have issued guidance for how healthcare providers should prepare for an active shooter emergency. The 33-page document covers threat assessment, actions to take during and after an emergency, and other best practices.
What can you tell us about the new 2014 edition of "Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers: Clinical Practice Guidelines"?
When healthcare professionals provide clear, tailored exercise and education to adults with venous leg ulcers, the patients are more likely to engage in regular exercise — which can improve outcomes.
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a drug delivered through a skin patch that not only helps diabetic foot ulcers heal faster, but prevents the wounds from recurring.
Do you know of any smartphone apps we should look at to improve the quality of life for our residents and nursing staff?
A dozen top rehabilitation centers are testing whether suppressing a brain's healthy side might aid stroke recovery.
Certified nursing assistants are more likely to use "elderspeak," a form of patronizing speech used with seniors, if they are familiar with the resident, the resident has dementia or others are not around, a study finds.
Q: You produced a famous documentary about youth culture, "Woodstock." Your new film, "Homes on the Range," focuses on long-term care. Why this subject?
Nursing homes still are among the most dangerous U.S. workplaces, and there was little improvement in safety from 2012 to 2013, according to the latest annual data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Now that President Obama has put his signature on a $1.1 trillion spending package, long-term care providers can focus on another looming spending challenge: the so-called "doc fix."
A new type of "prosthetic retina" could restore vision to seniors with macular degeneration, researchers announced last month.
The latest Alzheimer's blood test appears to predict the disease 10 years before a clinical diagnosis could be made, researchers announced in November.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that this year's flu vaccine might not provide robust protection against H3N2, the dominant strain circulating as of mid-December.
Recovery Audit Contractors that make incorrect accusations should be penalized, an influential physicians group is urging.
Congress should consider site-neutral payments for post-acute providers as a way to cut federal healthcare spending, a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission official told a House panel in December.
While he was growing up in Washington, D.C., there was a running joke in Clifton Porter's family. His mother would go on a "work trip," and his family would say that "six months later there would be news" from the region where she went.
A World War II soldier's wool coat had hung in a closet since 1948 — until the man's wife brought it to A.E. Casey Hermanson. She knew that Hermanson could give the coat a second life by turning it into a blanket for a veteran in long-term care.
Medication order transmission standards changed from HL7 to NCPDP 10.6, but not all providers are caught up, increasing risks, time and possibility of errors
The single most important precipitant for placement of Parkinson's disease patients in a long-term care facility is psychiatric dysfunction, particularly psychosis.
In an attempt to learn if I'm allergic to gluten, nuts or dairy, I might have also simultaneously stumbled onto a strategy for solving all problems in life and long-term care management.
Federal health officials have signaled that they are intent on getting this accountable care organization thing right.
There's a saying among basketball coaches: The best way to cover up problems is to score a lot of points.
Life Care Center of Ooltewah finds success in two centers near Chattanooga that feature elegant exteriors and comfortable amenities
Many facilities and communities may be overlooking an invaluable annex right under their noses — outdoor spaces that can provide a welcome and inviting place for residents to relax, reflect and commune with others. Consider these tips from the experts for furnishing and equipping these areas.
» LifeShare Technologies released LifeShare Family, a mobile app connecting seniors with their families and caregivers. LifeShare Family allows seniors and families to share mobile pictures and send messages, as well as see menus and activities and for family members to set appointments. The app is available through Google Play and the Apple App store.