Larry Minnix

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!"

ACA-mandated cuts will not hit Medicare, official asserts

ACA-mandated cuts will not hit Medicare, official asserts

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Because Medicare's growth rate will not eclipse a certain threshold, the program will be spared from potential Medicare cuts called for in the healthcare reform law, a top government official said.

Medicare safe from ACA-mandated cuts, official says

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Potential Medicare cuts called for by the Affordable Care Act will not occur, a chief government actuary has announced. Long-term care organizations said the news comes as a relief for providers who have weathered a series of recent payment reductions.

Long-term care commission's work unlikely to fuel changes

Long-term care commission's work unlikely to fuel changes

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The fiscal cliff avoidance deal seems to prove an adage about politics being the art of compromise. But as tradeoffs go, long-term care providers didn't fare too badly.

Long-term care providers dodge bullets in fiscal cliff deal, but CLASS (Act) is out

Long-term care providers dodge bullets in fiscal cliff deal, but CLASS (Act) is out

Long-term operators are cheering that Congress averted cutting Medicare payments through sequestration this week, and they're glad that another one-year postponement of physician pay cuts didn't come at their expense.

Executive summary: Change isn't coming ... It's here

Executive summary: Change isn't coming ... It's here

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I recently had the good fortune of interviewing three of the industry's top association executives. If their collective advice could be distilled to a bumper sticker-sized message, here's how it would read: Change is here, deal with it.

No rockets' red (or blue) glare

No rockets' red (or blue) glare

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Like sitting in a tub of hot cocoa on the shore of an enchanted mountain lake while listening to a choir of violin-wielding angels. That's about how it felt to spend some quality time last week at the LeadingAge conference in Denver.

Minnix: Providers need to innovate to stay in business

Minnix: Providers need to innovate to stay in business

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The current policies of the Affordable Care Act push innovation, which is crucial to the success of the long-term care industry, LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix told McKnight's.

Nursing home chief: An Obama victory would be better

Nursing home chief: An Obama victory would be better

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Hours before the final presidential debate started Monday, LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix made it clear whom he thought long-term care providers need to vote for. While not outright campaigning for President Obama, Minnix said the incumbent's policies would be better for the future of the profession than those proposed by his challenger, Mitt Romney.

'Tis the (festive) season in long-term care

'Tis the (festive) season in long-term care

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October is for many of us in the long-term care field what December is to others.

Long-term care operators must engage states to ensure Medicaid reimbursement following ACA ruling, provider group says

Long-term care operators must engage states to ensure Medicaid reimbursement following ACA ruling, provider group says

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While the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, it struck a provision that said states would lose their Medicaid funding if they don't comply with the planned expansion.The ruling means progressive action on maximizing Medicaid reimbursement is still needed, a top long-term care advocate told McKnight's.

Take advantage of the changing long-term care marketplace, top execs urge

Take advantage of the changing long-term care marketplace, top execs urge

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Long-term care providers should hone in on the changing needs of their market by embracing what customers want and will pay for, and by working to change the profession's image problem, LTC executives said Monday.

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