January 2014 35 1 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

January 2014 35 1 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

Top news stories from the January 2014 issue of McKnight's Long-Term Care News.


Budget deal extends Medicare's 2% cuts

Long-term care providers face an additional two years of reduced Medicare reimbursements under a federal budget compromise hammered out in December.

Liability costs will climb 5%

Long-term care operators can expect a 5% increase in liability costs in 2014, according to a new analysis from Aon Global Risk Consulting and the ...

Proposal for full LTC coverage

Congressional lawmakers have introduced a bill to launch a single-payer healthcare system that would include universal long-term care coverage.

Bill eases 3-day rule for many operators

Above-average skilled nursing facilities may become exempted from Medicare's prior hospitalization requirement, per legislation from Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH).

OIG probes hospitalizations

A fourth of the 3.3 million Medicare beneficiaries who lived in a nursing home in 2011 were hospitalized for at least one day. This came ...

Big predictor for Alzheimer's

Researchers have found a way to predict with 90% accuracy which mild cognitive impairment sufferers would develop Alzheimer's disease within two years.

Drugs will kill CRE colonies

Particular antibiotics are effective in eliminating colonies of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in asymptomatic carriers of the deadly bacteria, according to clinical research.

Providers take the long view on budget, doc pay formula

Long-term care provider associations focused on the big picture and counted blessings in response to legislative action in the last Congressional session of 2013.

Federal court upholds $10k fine for suicide

A $10,000 fine levied against a skilled nursing facility that allowed a suicidal resident to leave the building and then kill himself will stand, a ...

I couldn't live without ... Pinnacle CareReview

Instant consumer feedback has become paramount in today's competitive long-term care industry, so comments offered by patients, residents and family members are invaluable in helping ...

State News

State News

NEW JERSEY - Untold amounts of money have been pilfered from nursing home residents' funds by those entrusted to protect them, and little government oversight ...


Borrowing to build

New construction funding for skilled nursing facilities remains scarce, but lenders say they will listen if operators present a convincing case for building.

Referrals at risk

Interoperability for technology solutions is crucial for long-term care providers.

60 Seconds with...

60 seconds with ... Michael A. Ross, M.D.

Q: You co-authored a study on how specialized hospital observation stay units could increase transparency and allow quicker inpatient admission decisions. This would help people ...

Ask the care expert

Ask the care expert ... about water temperature in SNFs

The nursing and maintenance departments are feuding over the water temperature. What should it be in a skilled care unit?

Resident care

Hope for stroke patients may lie in neurorehab treatments

Five neurorehabilitation treatments for those recovering from stroke were highlighted in a December Neurology Clinical Practice report.

Quick antipsychotic withdrawal OK: study

A small Belgian study of people with dementia on low-dose antipsychotics found that abrupt stoppage of the medication, rather than tapering, is a possible solution. ...

Wound care

Thomas: Additional pressure ulcer research trials a must

Nursing homes should adopt evidence-based approaches to pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, but significantly more research is needed to support this goal, a professor of ...

New tool may help improve ostomy care

Providers caring for ostomy patients can soon use an algorithm that helps improve care management and patient safety, its proponents claim.

Ask the treatment expert ... about signs of wound healing

What should I see if a wound is healing as expected?

Ask the nursing expert

Ask the nursing expert ... about reducing rehospitalizations

Everyone is talking about rehospitalizations. Can you please simplify this for me? As the leader in my facility, where do I start?


Researchers: Be careful with assignment of irregular shifts

The children of single mothers working a nonstandard shift are more likely to engage in delinquent behaviors, according to a new analysis.

Managers promoting fun can be harmful

While manager-approved "fun at work" activities lower turnover, particularly for younger employees, sales performance may suffer, according to a new report.

Ask the payment expert

Ask the payment expert ... about changes related to Jimmo v. Sebelius

How come there are so many Medicare A denials when Jimmo v. Sebelius stated we could keep residents on Medicare A even if they are ...

Payment & policy

Providers rip huge backlog of therapy claims reviews

A provider-sponsored survey recently uncovered huge backlogs of therapy claim reviews for beneficiaries who exceeded the Medicare Part B caps limits.

CMS improperly measuring outcomes, report claims

So far, some providers have been put through a wringer without enough verification that it's been worth it, according to a new Government Accountability Office ...

Ask the legal expert

Ask the legal expert ... about using external auditors

What do you advise about using external auditors to check what we're doing — before wave after wave of government auditors come in?

Legal Matters

Ensign lawsuit settlement is among largest in history

Charges from whistleblowers have led to a $48 million settlement between operator The Ensign Group and the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement was one ...

Sue under proper law, rulings emphasize

A federal appeals court recently cited state law in upholding the right of an individual to sue a long-term care provider.


Design Decisions: Bring on the wave

PruittHealth meets the new challenges of catering to the baby boom generation head-on, investing in movie theaters, a spa and more

How to do it…

How to do it ... Design

When designers get to work on senior care settings, they must always be concerned about what they put underfoot. Textures, colors, composition, cleanability and many ...

A day in the life

CCRC engineers holiday cheer

Arbutus Park Retirement Community does not just deck the halls for the holiday season. It lays down rails.


Nonprofits continue to hike digital efforts, survey finds

The nation's largest not-for-profit long-term care providers have implemented electronic health records, but there is still much room for growth when it comes to the ...


» Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) has introduced legislation that aims to cut federal outlays by increasing the use of health technology in federal programs. Under ...


The selfie generation

We're pretty full of ourselves. I'm talking about the collective "us," a nation of smug egocentrics, not about you and me.

Company news

Brookdale targets new goal: national brand recognition

Brookdale Senior Living is known as one of the largest U.S. assisted living operators, but the Tennessee-based company has ambitious plans to establish itself as ...

Omega closes $525M deal

Omega Healthcare Investors closed a $525 million deal to acquire 55 skilled nursing facilities.


» IPC The Hospitalist Company has acquired four affiliated post-acute practices in White Plains, NY. Known collectively as Park Avenue, the affiliated practices serve more ...

Vendor news

Simavita markets electronic brief after acquisition deal

Australian medical device company Simavita has introduced a new "electronic brief," reflecting a growing interest of skilled nursing providers to be able to electronically monitor ...

FDA advises caution on defibrillators

Certain HeartStart automated external defibrillator devices made by Philips Medical Systems might be unable to deliver needed defibrillator shocks in a cardiac emergency, the Food ...


» PointClickCare has acquired Meal Metrics, a web-based nutritional management solution. It now will be called the PointClickCare Tray Card. The product gives long-term care ...

The big picture

No way to fix staffing

It's no secret that our nation's long-term care facilities need additional caregivers. More than 43,000 direct care staff positions remain unfilled, according to figures from ...

Editor’s desk

LTC insurance groups need a better strategy

What the long-term care insurance market could use right now is a healthy dose of capitalism. But it isn't going to happen.


Profile: Headlines to headliner

It could have been fate that led Leonard Russ to healthcare. No one will really know. But what it wasn't was expected.