"Will your app deliver subliminal messages to my residents?" I did not hear that question yesterday while I wandered the expo hall at the annual LeadingAge conference. But perhaps I will next year.
Medicare rules might have to be relaxed to give hospitals more say in where patients go for post-acute care, members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission proposed at a recent meeting in Washington, D.C. It's likely that many hospitals already are "soft steering," some commissioners said.
Average operating margins increased dramatically in the last year for nonprofit senior living companies, according to a recent survey of C-suite executives.
Q: What will you focus on now that you've joined the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research?
At the risk of sounding like a common shill, I cannot remember when I've more eagerly looked forward to an annual trade show than the upcoming LeadingAge gathering in Nashville. The main focus of my anticipation? The Oct. 19 world premier screening of "Glenn Campbell ... I'll be me," a powerful documentary about the music superstar who has Alzheimer's disease and now resides in a long-term care facility.
Knowing the right questions to ask and the right characteristics to look for are vital for potential residents and family to making a better and more informed choice. Potential customers, however, may not consider whether a facility is for-profit or non-profit
There are many parts of attending annual big conferences that I love, from seeing old industry friends to attending good sessions. But I also, not so secretly, love the exhibit halls — for several reasons.
Hey, did you hear the one about the long-term care conference that was scheduled on Christmas? Of course you didn't, because it would never happen.
Linda Hermer, Ph.D., has been selected as a senior research associate at the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research.
Continuing care retirement community executive director salaries have barely increased in the past year, while therapy and rehabilitation directors received a boost, a new report shows. The average salary for a therapy and rehab director is currently $95,905.
J. Mark Vanderbeck has been named the chief executive officer of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, the nation's largest not-for-profit continuing care retirement community organization.
Two hotly anticipated Supreme Court rulings handed down Monday elicited measured responses from prominent long-term care stakeholders. In one case, Hobby Lobby succeeded in its battle against the Affordable Care Act's rules over contraception coverage. The other decision dealt a blow to home healthcare unions.
The government has proposed increasing skilled nursing facility Medicare payments by $750 million in fiscal 2015.
Continuing care retirement communities should ask residents about their health plans twice a year, to keep tabs on the increasing number of seniors being shifted into Medicare Advantage, an expert told an audience of long-term care professionals in Chicago Wednesday.
Long-term care facilities have reduced antipsychotic medication use by more than 15% through a large-scale initiative, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That means it's time to set a more ambitious goal, a subgroup says.
Healthcare reform — Obamacare — has stuck a lot of providers and caregivers in tough positions. Whether proponents or opponent of the watershed law, most expect rocky times, at least temporarily, are ahead. But one key player sees nothing but opportunity.
Skilled nursing facilities could see reimbursements tied to their number of hospital readmissions starting in 2018, under Medicare legislation announced by House and Senate leaders Wednesday. The bill also would delay the transition to the ICD-10 coding system for a year and prevent scheduled payment cuts to physicians.
Tommy Goodwin has become the director of member advocacy for LeadingAge. The new position will include responding to proposed legislation and advancing the industry group's policy priorities.
Nonprofit long-term care providers continued to focus on bills related to observation stays during visits on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
LeadingAge members will begin gathering in the nation's capital Sunday for a four-day meeting that will focus on efforts to lobby their respective federal politicians. The PEAK Leadership Summit will take place at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, with dozens of provider trips to Capitol Hill lawmaker offices planned throughout. The PEAK conference will feature numerous educational sessions and workshops with continuing education credit available, as well as a vendor expo that will take place around lunch and dinner times on Monday.
The government report on adverse events in post-acute care that was released yesterday shines a light on issues of real concern. However, as long-term care stakeholders and regulators consider the implications of the report and ways to reduce the number of adverse events, I'd suggest a companion report to be read alongside it: "Is Excessive Paperwork in Care Homes Undermining Care for Older People?"
About 22% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced an adverse event during a post-hospitalization skilled nursing facility stay in fiscal year 2011, and the majority of these events were preventable, according to a newly released government report. Post-acute provider groups said many initiatives to lower this percentage already are underway.
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.
Assisted living administrators earned a median salary of $78,000 in 2013, according to the newly released 2013-2104 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits report.
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.
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 sharing of digital data, according to a recently released survey.
The AHCA Quality Initiative goal to reduce antipsychotics use is in sight, the group announced Wednesday. The goal is 15% by the end of this month. The group used federal data in its calculations.
Q: You addressed the LeadingAge annual conference shortly after the government shutdown ended. How do you respond to nonprofit leaders discouraged by the political climate?
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.
The United States is likely to favor an approach to long-term care financing reform that values self-reliance but includes some form of social safety net, according to a new report from a panel of experts.