August 2014 35 8 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News
Top news stories from the August 2014 issue of McKnight's Long-Term Care News.
Medicaid funds would more easily flow toward people wanting home- and community-based services — and away from nursing homes — under a new bill unveiled ...
Nursing home inventory is continuing its slow but steady downward trajectory, according to quarterly data released in July by the National Investment Center for the ...
Providers should expect to be paid exclusively through managed care systems by 2025, a former White House adviser said in July.
There is no easy fix to the staggering backlog of Medicare appeals, a government official said during a July 10 Congressional hearing.
Accountable care organizations should be assessed on which patients bounce back to a member hospital within 30 days of being discharged to a skilled nursing ...
More than 75% of long-term residents are incontinent, as well as nearly half (46%) of short-term residents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Gardens in nursing homes can help patients with dementia, new research indicates.
An Alabama nursing home faces a lawsuit for allegedly refusing to allow a Muslim employee to wear a hijab.
The number of Americans 65 or older residing in a nursing home fell from 1.6 million to 1.3 million during the decade ending in 2010, ...
KANSAS — The state no longer will publicly release survey results for nursing homes going through the informal dispute resolution process, the Department for Aging ...
Providers are establishing therapy rooted in person-centered care, including activities that help cognitive functioning, balance, memory and awareness
Providers use room turnover as an opportunity to eliminate sometimes deadly bugs by layering basic cleaning with next-generation solvents and technology
60 Seconds with...
Q: The government is notifying new participants in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative. Do you expect more post-acute providers in this latest round?
Ask the care expert
We use the numeric pain scale in our skilled care facility, but many of our residents can't communicate well. Is there another suggestion?
Nearly one-third of knee replacement surgeries in the U.S. may be classified as "inappropriate," Virginia researchers found in a new study.
Current guidelines for intravenous feeding may need revisions to prevent bloodstream infections more effectively, a new study suggests.
Ask the treatment expert
Did your mom or grandmother ever tell you to leave a wound open so it could get air?
Some pressure ulcers are unavoidable, according to updated guidance from wound care experts.
Kinetic Concepts Inc. will make $280 million in payments over three years to Wake Forest University Health Services in a legal settlement.
Ask the nursing expert
How can I navigate the many variables I'm faced with — age, gender, culture, education levels — to put a quality team together?
Nurses' efforts to be leaders in a national effort to improve long-term care showed how they can attain greater influence over healthcare policy, according to ...
A lack of necessary authority and problems with management are contributing to nurses' high levels of stress, according to recently released survey results.
Ask the payment expert
What guidelines should we use for a Medicare audit?
Payment & policy
Long-term care facilities and other Medicare providers increasingly have seen reimbursements influenced by the government's Fraud Prevention System, an official recently told a Congressional panel.
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 ...
Ask the legal expert
Our senior resident community is under financial distress. What major things should we do to preserve census?
A provider who conducted pre-employment medical exams and screenings acted illegally, even when it hired some of the individuals, a federal judge has ruled.
Kindred Healthcare plans to "vigorously" fight a lawsuit filed by some California employees alleging failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, and restricting break times, ...
Benchmark's new community has a high-end beach house vibe and eco-friendly features that put it on the cutting edge of senior care
How to do it…
Resident security touches the job of every person in a long-term care environment. Facility staff are concerned with security. IT people need systems that integrate ...
A day in the life
Nursing home residents and surrounding community members can break a mental sweat at The Village's new brain gym offered by the University of Florida's Health ...
Couldn't live without
AOD Answers™ has allowed Cantata Adult Life Services and Business Performance Services to have an electronic health record of their residents and to conduct a ...
The CIO Consortium & Nurse Executive Council's white paper, "Electronic Health Record Solutions LTPAC Providers Need Today," still has relevance to long-term care providers working ...
» David R. Hunt, M.D., FACS, the medical director of Health IT Adoption and Patient Safety in the Office of the National Coordinator, urged uniform ...
I'm obsessed by mountains, particularly the ones I'm staring at right now in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park. Marvelous, epic monoliths of rock and ice, ...
Proposed Medicare payment changes have put the nation's skilled care companies at odds with inpatient rehabilitation providers, and the two sides were making strident arguments ...
A hospitalist company that works with thousands of facilities is facing federal charges that its clinicians routinely overbilled Medicare and Medicaid, authorities recently announced.
» Center Management Group of Flushing, NY, will pay $145 million to purchase five nursing facilities and two senior living communities from the Archdiocese of ...
Incontinence management remains a hot commodity in long-term care, with three companies debuting products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two medications in June that may benefit long-term care patients.
» Optimus EMR announced it will include INTERACT 3.0 in upcoming release. The tool will be an embedded part of its Clinical Decision Support Module. ...
The big picture
It has been said that we are the residue of our choices. If that's true, what should we make of the Supreme Court these days?
With another summer of huge movies nearly behind us, it's a good time for providers to exhale in relief. Or wonder anxiously if they have ...
Michael D. Gore made great strides professionally this spring, but it also was a season of sadness for the rising long-term care leader. His grandmother ...