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Non-profit nursing homes offer advantages

Non-profit nursing homes offer advantages

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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

Benefiting from a selection tool for EHRs

Benefiting from a selection tool for EHRs

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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.

AALNA falters in conference dates

AALNA falters in conference dates

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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.

LeadingAge adds Hermer

LeadingAge adds Hermer

Linda Hermer, Ph.D., has been selected as a senior research associate at the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research.

CCRC executive director salaries hold steady, therapy directors get boost

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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.

Vanderbeck named CEO of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities

Vanderbeck named CEO of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities

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.

Long-term care leaders watchful after Supreme Court limits the Affordable Care Act contraception rule

Long-term care leaders watchful after Supreme Court limits the Affordable Care Act contraception rule

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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.

SNF Medicare rate rises 2%

SNF Medicare rate rises 2%

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The government has proposed increasing skilled nursing facility Medicare payments by $750 million in fiscal 2015.

CCRCs need to check residents' health insurance plans twice a year, expert urges

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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 providers achieved 15% antipsychotic reduction goal, CMS announces

Long-term care providers achieved 15% antipsychotic reduction goal, CMS announces

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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.

Groups to find out if Obamacare is their golden ticket

Groups to find out if Obamacare is their golden ticket

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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.

House to vote on skilled nursing facility readmissions penalties, ICD-10 extension

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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.

Goodwin starts at LeadingAge

Goodwin starts at LeadingAge

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.

Observation stay bills in focus for LTC providers

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Nonprofit long-term care providers continued to focus on bills related to observation stays during visits on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Providers to PEAK in Washington from Sunday to Wednesday

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.

Adverse events and the culture of fear in long-term care

Adverse events and the culture of fear in long-term care

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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?"

Government report: 1 in 5 Medicare patients suffers an adverse event while receiving post-acute SNF care

Government report: 1 in 5 Medicare patients suffers an adverse event while receiving post-acute SNF care

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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.

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.

Salary growth slowed, vacancy rates increased in 2013, assisted living report shows

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Assisted living administrators earned a median salary of $78,000 in 2013, according to the newly released 2013-2104 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits report.

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.

Large nonprofit LTC providers have embraced electronic health records, information exchange lags, survey finds

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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.

AHCA members near antipsychotics usage goal

AHCA members near antipsychotics usage goal

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.

60 seconds with ... LeadingAge Chairman David Gehm

60 seconds with ... LeadingAge Chairman David Gehm

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?

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.

'Self-reliance' a key to long-term care financing reform, experts say

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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.

This lab happily has it right

This lab happily has it right

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Of all the clever and eye-opening things encountered at the recent LeadingAge annual conference in Dallas, a particularly dear one was unfortunately tucked off to the side. Relatively few might have seen it. After all, we all could use more happiness in our lives.

LeadingAge and NewCourtland announce Innovations fund grant recipients

LeadingAge and NewCourtland have selected recipients for a second round of grants through the Innovations Fund, which promotes nonprofit providers with ideas that benefit residents or the community. Seven grants of up to $25,000 were awarded to the following organizations:

HackFest winners build a virtual bridge between senior living communities and homebound elders

HackFest winners build a virtual bridge between senior living communities and homebound elders

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Homebound elderly people might soon have easy virtual access to activities offered by senior living communities, thanks to the winners of the inaugural LeadingAge HackFest.

Still answering many calls

Still answering many calls

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When he entered nursing school, Steve Proctor was answering a call to serve others that he first heard years earlier. As a child growing up near Lake Huron, Proctor suffered from severe allergies and asthma and was in and out of doctors' offices. A series of shots helped him overcome his condition, and he saw that healthcare workers could change lives.

State News

State News

ARIZONA — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) has put forward a bill that would allow government funding for veteran nursing homes built on Native American tribal land.

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