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Nursing home workers told not to touch residents due to Ebola concerns

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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 find

41% of multi-drug resistant infections are acquired when nursing home residents are hospitalized, more attention needed, researchers find

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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 continues to lead in deal volume and value: PwC report

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume and value: PwC report

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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.

Hospitals cast a wide net for SNF patients

Hospitals cast a wide net for SNF patients

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.

Hospitals need to give patients better guidance about post-acute facilities, experts argue

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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.

Hospitals: Change SNF pay

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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.

3 value-based purchasing strategies to help you get ahead

3 value-based purchasing strategies to help you get ahead

Long-term care providers have a stronger hook than they probably realize regarding the toughening of penalties for hospitals with high readmission rates.

The potential break-up between hospitals and long-term care

The potential break-up between hospitals and long-term care

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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.

Inching toward success

Inching toward success

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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.

Preventing hospital bounce-backs

Preventing hospital bounce-backs

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?

Ask the nursing expert ... about reducing rehospitalizations

Ask the nursing expert ... about reducing rehospitalizations

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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 says

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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.

Guide helps leaders strategize for ACO participation

Guide helps leaders strategize for ACO participation

"The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy" helps healthcare leaders prepare for the burgeoning world of accountable care organizations.

Nursing homes are hospitals' silent cheering section on this one

Nursing homes are hospitals' silent cheering section on this one

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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.

Not enough applicants: CMS stalls bundled payment initiative

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Regulators say they are delaying implementation of one of the Affordable Care Act's bundled payment initiatives due to low applicant turnout.

Study reveals that ultraviolet light eliminates deadly hospital-acquired infections

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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.

CMS: Initial penalties for hospital readmissions were set too low

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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.

Nurses are the first line of defense in preventing readmissions, expert says

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To help hospitals prevent costly readmissions, long-term care providers need to get serious about partnering with local hospitals, an expert said Tuesday.

Medicare's hospital readmission penalties kick in

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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.

CDC: Flu vaccinations among LTC workers declining

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While influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers have increased overall, fewer long-term care facility employees are being vaccinated, a government survey has found.

Healthcare jobs account for 17% of total new jobs

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Although healthcare jobs represented 17% of the economy's total new jobs in August, job growth in the sector is still sluggish, analysts say.

CMS should modernize hospital admission status policies, say provider groups

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Provider groups assert regulators should update existing policies when determining hospital inpatient and outpatient admission status.

Medicare auditors becoming more active, denying more claims, survey shows

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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.

Predict massive surge in analytics use

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.

ACOs making progress in improving care transition, survey finds

ACOs making progress in improving care transition, survey finds

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A snapshot of hospitals involved in accountable care organizations finds that they are making progress in improving the coordination of care.

CMS adds new providers to care transition program

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.

C. diff and related deaths far more prevalent than government data suggests: report

C. diff and related deaths far more prevalent than government data suggests: report

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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.

Over 2,000 hospitals will be targeted for readmission penalties starting Oct. 1

Over 2,000 hospitals will be targeted for readmission penalties starting Oct. 1

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.

Delirium in seniors linked to higher risk of dementia, study finds

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Seniors who have experienced episodes of delirium have a significant risk of developing dementia, new research suggests.

Medicaid providers with unpaid taxes should be barred from federal reimbursement, lawmakers say

Medicaid providers with unpaid taxes should be barred from federal reimbursement, lawmakers say

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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.

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