Larry Minnix

Minnix: We have outdated beliefs about aging

Minnix: We have outdated beliefs about aging

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The focus of aging services over the next decade should be redefining age, improving practices, innovating solutions and transforming policy, the leader of a top senior care association declared Wednesday.

More changes ahead for the current ratings system: feds

More changes ahead for the current ratings system: feds

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Staffing and retention rates are expected to be added to the Nursing Home Compare website in 2016.

Nursing home groups support 'doc fix' bill

Nursing home groups support 'doc fix' bill

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Leaders of the nation's two largest long-term care associations spoke favorably Monday about a bill that would improve Medicare physician pay rates while moderately restricting LTC pay. In fact, the head the American Health Care Association said the group will "enthusiastically support" a bill that would end the "doc fix" issue, provided the final language is what it expects.

Minnix blasts 'doc fix' formula

Minnix blasts 'doc fix' formula

The "doc fix" that ends the Sustainable Growth Rate formula drew at least one long-term leader's sharp criticism. The $213 billion deal, which is still to be voted on in both houses, will be partially financed by $35 billion in cuts to Medicare beneficiaries' benefits.

60 Seconds With ... Larry Minnix

60 Seconds With ... Larry Minnix

Nonprofits will continue to lead the way when it comes to service innovation, Minnix says.

Drop in antipsychotics use surpasses providers' expectations

Drop in antipsychotics use surpasses providers' expectations

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Leaders at the American Health Care Association said Monday they plan to keep the momentum going and further curb antipsychotic use in nursing homes after learning that a nearly 20% three-year decline exceeded their own expectations.

LeadingAge CEO Minnix announces retirement

LeadingAge CEO Minnix announces retirement

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LeadingAge's president and CEO of nearly 15 years, Larry Minnix, will retire by the end of 2015, the organization announced late Thursday.

Financing available for aging innovations

Financing available for aging innovations

How can we help much-needed affordable long-term care models reach scale as demand spikes and traditional subsidy programs struggle to keep pace? While there are many correct answers to this question, greater access to affordable lending specifically designed to support expansion and innovation is one of the top answers.

Rehab firm's overbilling will cost provider $1 million-plus

Rehab firm's overbilling will cost provider $1 million-plus

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The fallout from a recent spike in rehabilitation charges to government payers continued to make headlines in September. This time, a nursing home company was blamed for insufficient oversight of its contract therapy provider.

New goals for antipsychotics not unreasonable, leaders say

New goals for antipsychotics not unreasonable, leaders say

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Providers may grumble about renewed pressure to lower the use of antipsychotics among long-term care residents with dementia, but the industry has an opportunity to be a leader, said LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix.

Obama pen ushers in post-acute changes

Obama pen ushers in post-acute changes

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Long-term care leaders were on hand as President Barack Obama signed the IMPACT Act into law on Oct. 6.

Use caution in antipsychotics reduction

Use caution in antipsychotics reduction

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It is true that I began speaking out about the misuse of antipsychotics drugs long before they came to national attention. But as I applaud the efforts of our providers and regulators around this important initiative, I would like to make two cautionary points.

Antipsychotics reduction goal raised to 30% by end of 2016, CMS and provider groups announce

Antipsychotics reduction goal raised to 30% by end of 2016, CMS and provider groups announce

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Long-term care providers are being asked to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications among residents by 25% by the end of 2015, and 30% by the end of 2016. Providers have already achieved a 17.1% reduction since 2011.

$1.3 million settlement marks second recent deal over SNF supervision of therapy providers

$1.3 million settlement marks second recent deal over SNF supervision of therapy providers

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A Maryland nursing home company has agreed to a $1.3 million settlement over charges that it did not prevent overbilling by its contracted therapy provider, federal authorities announced Monday. This is the second such settlement this month involving therapy company RehabCare Group East Inc.

Audits paused, providers glad

Audits paused, providers glad

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Long-term care providers are applauding a pause in the Medicare recovery audit contractor program.

Change the nursing home survey process

Change the nursing home survey process

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If LeadingAge's latest strategy works as hoped, it would mean high-performing nursing homes wouldn't have the fire of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services dragon breathing down their necks every nine to 15 months.

PEAK members brave D.C. storm to push long-term care agenda

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Nonprofit long-term care providers visiting Washington this week are encouraging members of Congress — some of them destined for tough re-election campaigns — to pursue key strategic goals.

Privately managed Medicaid threatens long-term care quality and options, New York Times article states

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People with complex needs could find themselves squeezed out of the most appropriate long-term care settings as Medicaid beneficiaries become enrolled in programs from private sector companies, The New York Times reported in a lengthy Page 1 examination of the subject Friday.

Speaking the right language when taking care of old people (oops!)

Speaking the right language when taking care of old people (oops!)

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As someone who considers words so central to his existence, both personally and professionally, I suppose it's only natural I was sucked into this. Call me a willing victim.

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, long-term care firebrand

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, long-term care firebrand

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When Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Feb. 2, the world lost one of its great actors — and one of the most persuasive voices to speak out about the pitfalls of the changing long-term care system in the United States.

Managed care plans will account for 75% of Medicaid beneficiaries by 2015, analysts estimate

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Three-quarters of Medicaid enrollees will receive their benefits through a managed care organization (MCO) as of 2015, according to a new report from healthcare advisory company Avalere Health. Because Medicaid is the primary payer for long-term care in the United States, LTC providers are carefully monitoring the shift to a managed care environment.

Providers take the long view on budget, doc pay formula

Providers take the long view on budget, doc pay formula

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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.

Congress passes budget that would extend Medicare cuts, soften sequestration

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A bipartisan budget deal is on the verge of becoming law, after being passed by the U.S. Senate in a 64-36 vote on Wednesday. Long-term care leaders called for passage of the two-year spending plan after it was released last week, saying it will provide needed stability and end the type of political brinkmanship that closed the government in October.

Long-term care leaders support passage of budget deal

Long-term care leaders support passage of budget deal

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Prominent long-term care provider associations registered support for a bipartisan budget deal being considered by Congress this week, despite the fact that it would extend a period of reduced Medicare reimbursements.

Managed care is here to stay, Minnix says

Managed care is here to stay, Minnix says

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Medicaid managed care systems have the potential to improve care outcomes, and providers' bottom lines, so operators should embrace them, said LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix.

Better Medicaid managed care oversight needed to protect providers serving high-risk populations: OIG

Better Medicaid managed care oversight needed to protect providers serving high-risk populations: OIG

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States are not doing a good job of monitoring how Medicaid managed care enterprises handle providers serving high-risk populations, according to a new government report. Five of six states evaluated in a recent study were not monitoring MCEs' compliance with a federal nondiscrimination provision, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General found.

Minnix: Medicaid managed care is inevitable, can benefit every community

Minnix: Medicaid managed care is inevitable, can benefit every community

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Providers and long-term care advocates need to embrace Medicaid managed care systems, which have the potential to drive improved health outcomes and bottom lines while helping providers serve those most in need, according to LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix.

Nursing home leader releases five-year plan, tells members they 'cannot forget the vulnerable'

Nursing home leader releases five-year plan, tells members they 'cannot forget the vulnerable'

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The leaders of the largest U.S. long-term care convention and exposition sought to inspire members at the group's annual meeting Monday in Dallas as if they were at a "family reunion." While doing so, they also issued undisguised warnings that the little brothers and sisters of the world still need plenty of care.

Shutdown update: DC cuts off Medicaid payments, CMS confirms limited surveys

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In a blow to Medicaid-certified long-term care providers in the nation's capital, officials announced the District of Columbia would not make Medicaid payments during the federal government shutdown.

Expo yourself

Expo yourself

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Each year about this time, I get that special tingle, followed by an irresistible impulse. Soon I'm dancing madly around the house, racing from room to room, jumping and gyrating on pieces of furniture while shouting, "It's long-term care conference time! It's long-term care conference time!"

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