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?
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.
"The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy" helps healthcare leaders prepare for the burgeoning world of accountable care organizations.
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.
Seventeen new sites, which includes some skilled nursing facilities, were added to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services care transitions program, the agency announced Friday.
Clostridium difficile transmission and mortality rates are far higher in nursing homes and other healthcare settings than the most recent government statistics suggest, an investigation has found.
In about six weeks, more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals will be subject to financial penalties for preventable readmissions, making their relationships with post-acute providers more important than ever.
Seniors who have experienced episodes of delirium have a significant risk of developing dementia, new research suggests.
The federal government should bar healthcare providers with large amounts of unpaid taxes from receiving Medicaid funds, incensed lawmakers said Thursday following the release of a government report.
With penalties for preventable hospital readmissions looming, recently released Medicare data shows that U.S. hospitals aren't making much progress in lowering readmission rates.
Bundled payments mean that you can't escape the numbers. Hospitals want the data on why you're the best choice for post-acute care.