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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.

OIG says critical access swing beds should be paid at SNF rates

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New legislation should be introduced to significantly change the way rural-based hospitals are reimbursed for care provided in post-acute care swing beds, the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week.

Profile: Barbara Gay

Profile: Barbara Gay

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Growing up in a quintessential New England town with extended family all around, Barbara Gay always appreciated the rich relationships she had with older adults.

New rankings might wrongly show downturn, leaders fear

New rankings might wrongly show downturn, leaders fear

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Despite progress reducing off-label use of antipsychotics among nursing home residents, providers remained worried about a rebasing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services system to rank nursing homes.

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.

Chedid moves to run nonprofit CCRC

Chedid moves to run nonprofit CCRC

Stephanie Chedid was announced as the president and CEO of United Lutheran Program for the Aging (Luther Manor) on January 20.

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.

Overcoming impostor syndrome at LeadingAge

Overcoming impostor syndrome at LeadingAge

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Being selected to participate in the 2015 LeadingAge Leadership Academy was quite a surprise to me this summer. I applied thinking there was little chance I would be accepted. Fortunately, I was, and I'm fresh off the plane from my first experience with this Academy.

State news for November 2014

State news for November 2014

MISSISSIPPI — Postal inspectors allege nursing home employees here and in California may have unwittingly referred families and residents seeking help with Medicaid and veterans' benefits to an individual who allegedly filed troublesome paperwork and defrauded others of hundreds of thousands of dollars in what they described as a sophisticated Ponzi scheme.

Antipsychotics goal gets reset

Antipsychotics goal gets reset

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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.

Nursing home antipsychotic use has dipped nearly 19% under national effort, latest figures show

Nursing home antipsychotic use has dipped nearly 19% under national effort, latest figures show

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The percent of long-stay nursing home residents receiving antipsychotic medication has decreased 18.8% under a nationwide initiative that started in 2012.

A bird's eye view at Hackfest

A bird's eye view at Hackfest

As a coach for the 2014 LeadingAge Hackfest in Nashville, I was reminded that collaborative innovation is fun and frustrating. Time constraints can positively and negatively impact innovation. You have less time to flush out your idea; however, you are forced to be decisive. In the corporate world, you have time. If you are a true innovator, you may quickly develop something before the world is ready.

A small team of workers responds best in emergencies, expert says

A small team of workers responds best in emergencies, expert says

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Long-term care providers should consider a "flat" crisis management approach that relies on a core group of staff members, experts advised Wednesday at the LeadingAge annual conference.

Managing time for staff to reflect after a resident's death

Managing time for staff to reflect after a resident's death

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Singing "Amazing Grace" or playing a ukelele version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" may not immediately spring to mind as ways to help staff members grieve after a resident has died, but they were among the musical tributes healthcare professionals shared during a LeadingAge session Wednesday.

Nonprofit providers face alarming market forces, must rally, LeadingAge chairman says

Nonprofit providers face alarming market forces, must rally, LeadingAge chairman says

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Nonprofit long-term care providers must work together to address alarming trends, or their market share could plummet and the sector as a whole could falter, LeadingAge Chairman David Gehm told association members Tuesday.

Glen Campbell Alzheimer's documentary brings out the stars — caregivers and celebrities alike

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As readers of this blog may recall, my expectations for the special screening of the new documentary about music superstar Glen Campbell's journey with Alzheimer's disease were high. Sunday night's star-studded showing and concert were to be unlike anything long-term care professionals had experienced before. And they were.

Subliminal messages: A basic part of nursing home care?

Subliminal messages: A basic part of nursing home care?

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"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.

MedPAC discusses limiting patients' post-acute options

MedPAC discusses limiting patients' post-acute options

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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.

Nonprofit senior living margins increased by 50%, survey finds

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Average operating margins increased dramatically in the last year for nonprofit senior living companies, according to a recent survey of C-suite executives.

60 seconds with ... Linda Hermer, Ph.D.

60 seconds with ... Linda Hermer, Ph.D.

Q: What will you focus on now that you've joined the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research?

A show for all ages, a unique long-term care event

A show for all ages, a unique long-term care event

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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.

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.

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