Hospitals need to toughen up. Their impending new five-star rating system isn't going to be the end of the world (at least, not for most of them). But if the experience of skilled nursing homes is any indication, many will soon have legitimate reasons to be upset.
The federal government is offering to authorize $1.6 billion to reimburse Florida's hospitals for uncompensated care, but that is still $3 billion short in a budget impasse that is threatening to shut down the government.
Just a month after spending $2.9 billion to acquire medical office buildings and senior housing assets, Ventas announced Monday it will spin off its skilled nursing facility portfolio following the new acquisition of a 14-hospital chain in the Southwest.
Isn't it funny how something can't be done until someone comes along and does it?
Hospitals skimping on palliative care consults before sending patients to nursing homes, researchers sayOctober 29, 2014
Hospitals often are not doing palliative care interventions with older trauma patients who go on to a skilled nursing facility, according to recently announced findings.
U.S. nursing home workers who hail from West Africa are being stigmatized as potential Ebola carriers and forbidden from touching residents, according to IRIN, an independent news service launched by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
41% of multi-drug resistant infections are acquired when nursing home residents are hospitalized, more attention needed, researchers findSeptember 25, 2014
A significant proportion of multi-drug resistant infections in nursing homes originate in acute care hospitals, indicating that greater coordination between settings is needed, according to recently published findings.
Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter of 2014, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
For skilled nursing facilities it's a struggle to stay ahead of the Medicare initiatives and market forces that are causing hospitals and health systems to narrow their post-acute care networks. With so many competing priorities — the alphabet soup of BPCI, ACOs, VBP, etc. — it can be hard to stay ahead of all the changes.
Too many patients choose a post-acute care facility for the wrong reasons because hospitals do not give necessary and needed guidance, according to a paper forthcoming in the Annals of Long-Term Care.
The government should adopt Medicare payment policies that better support hospital-based skilled nursing facilities, the American Hospital Association urged in a recent letter to a top healthcare official.
Long-term care providers have a stronger hook than they probably realize regarding the toughening of penalties for hospitals with high readmission rates.
The attempts of the hospital lobby and long-term care to move beyond casually dating to going steady hit a snag at the steps of a courthouse Monday.
Our brand new year is already into its second month. So chances are fairly good you have been exposed to more than a few suggestions from the success gurus.
All organizations should be aware of their rehospitalization rate and should be addressing this in their QAPI meetings - why did they go out, what could have been done to prevent it, was there a systems problem, were subtle indicators noted and charted, does a nurse need education, etc?
Everyone is talking about rehospitalizations. Can you please simplify this for me? As the leader in my facility, where do I start?
Hospitals are releasing too soon, but nursing homes can seize opportunities to reduce readmissions, INTERACT creator saysMarch 01, 2013
Nursing homes need to build relationships with their local hospitals to reduce unnecessary readmissions, cut costs and provide better care, a geriatric expert said Thursday.
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It's interesting how competition can make strange bedfellows. Nursing homes and hospitals, for example, are next-door-neighbors on the caregiving block. We all know who has the bigger house on this block, and it often creates resentment.
Regulators say they are delaying implementation of one of the Affordable Care Act's bundled payment initiatives due to low applicant turnout.
Researchers say they nearly eliminated deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a study encompassing 50 patient rooms at two medical facilities by using a specific spectrum of ultraviolet light.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said that it made an error when calculating the penalty rates, and that hospitals will pay slightly higher penalties than previously thought.
To help hospitals prevent costly readmissions, long-term care providers need to get serious about partnering with local hospitals, an expert said Tuesday.
On Monday, Medicare began fining nearly two-thirds of hospitals that have high numbers of patients who are readmitted within 30 days of discharge for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia.
While influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers have increased overall, fewer long-term care facility employees are being vaccinated, a government survey has found.
Although healthcare jobs represented 17% of the economy's total new jobs in August, job growth in the sector is still sluggish, analysts say.
Provider groups assert regulators should update existing policies when determining hospital inpatient and outpatient admission status.
Requests for medical records by Medicare's fraud-detecting recovery audit contractors (RACs) jumped sharply from the first- to the second-quarter of fiscal year 2012, a new survey reveals.
Hospitals are about to dramatically enhance analytics to reduce costs and enhance the value of their electronic health records, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.
A snapshot of hospitals involved in accountable care organizations finds that they are making progress in improving the coordination of care.