Long-Term Care

Republicans gain Senate control; McConnell puts ACA provisions in crosshairs

Republicans gain Senate control; McConnell puts ACA provisions in crosshairs

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Congress will try to dismantle some parts of the Affordable Care Act now that the Republican Party has the majority of seats in both chambers, prospective Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday.

Also in the news for Nov. 6, 2014 . . .

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AVIV makes $305 million skilled nursing deal on heels of Omega merger ... Only 2 in 5 people discuss long-term care preferences with loved ones, survey finds

Government asks for suggestions on how to reduce Medicare appeals backlog

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The federal government is asking the public to suggest ways of reducing Medicare appeals and cutting down on a backlog at the administrative law judge level. The request for information was filed by the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and published in today's Federal Register.

CMS promises ICD-10 software six months in advance

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Providers will receive needed coding and billing software six months before the ICD-10 transition date, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced. This is double the lead time that providers had for a planned 2014 transition, which was delayed by a year.

Nursing home settles case of resident hit, killed by food cart

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A California long-term care facility has agreed to settle a wrongful death case involving a resident who was struck by a dining cart, local news sources reported Monday.

ACO patients report higher satisfaction, better care coordination

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Seniors are more satisfied with their healthcare and believe it is more coordinated if their providers are part of an Accountable Care Organization, according to first-of-its-kind research from the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy.

Profile: Mor than meets the eye

Profile: Mor than meets the eye

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While Brown University Professor Vince Mor's accomplishments may be heralded in the long-term care profession, what may be less known is his dedicated work with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.

Brain-body link

Brain-body link

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Custom technologies and activities linking physical and cognitive tasks provide new opportunities for meaningful interaction with residents who have dementia

Making a quality bet on ACOs a risky proposition

Making a quality bet on ACOs a risky proposition

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If there's anything that's become clear about this ACO business lately, it's that it's not going to be as simple as A-B-C.

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.

Hackbarth rips 3-day stay rule

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If outgoing MedPAC Chairman Glenn Hackbarth had his way, Medicare would pay for skilled nursing services without requiring a three-day hospital stay first.

CDC renews call for pneumococcal shots

CDC renews call for pneumococcal shots

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Seniors should receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended.

Proposed managed care rule could accelerate shift away from nursing home care, official suggests

Proposed managed care rule could accelerate shift away from nursing home care, official suggests

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Proposed regulations slated for early 2015 likely will affect how Medicaid managed care balances home- versus facility-based long-term care, news sources reported Wednesday.

Face mask mandate dramatically increases healthcare worker flu vaccination

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Making nursing home workers wear face masks if they do not get a flu shot is a highly effective way of increasing vaccination rates, statistics in New York show.

Moderate alcohol consumption staves off dementia in seniors

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Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol might preserve cognition in people over the age of 60, according to recently published findings in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.

Falls are top reason for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, report states

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Resident falls continue to present the greatest risk of lawsuits to skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care providers, according to a recently released report from insurance company CNA.

Also in the news for Oct. 27, 2014 . . .

Long-term care executive directors lack knowledge of how oral health impacts diseases ... Alzheimer's Association announces $600,000 in grants to investigate non-drug treatments ... Extra-depth shoes ease seniors' foot pain

Bulk of Medicaid to be managed care in two years: Avalere

Bulk of Medicaid to be managed care in two years: Avalere

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More than three-quarters of Medicaid beneficiaries will be enrolled in a managed care plan as of 2016, according to an Avalere Health analysis released Thursday. The numbers reveal that managed care growth is especially strong in states that are expanding Medicaid.

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.

CDC tightens Ebola guidelines for healthcare workers

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued more stringent guidelines for how healthcare workers should interact with Ebola patients, following an outcry from nurses and other professionals.

Facilities on high alert for Ebola in Ohio; authorities issue guidance

Facilities on high alert for Ebola in Ohio; authorities issue guidance

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Federal and state organizations have released new Ebola guidance for healthcare workers in long-term care and other settings, following the second case of a nurse acquiring the virus in the United States. Both infected nurses came into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who traveled to the United States, fell ill with Ebola and died Oct. 8 at a Dallas hospital.

Also in the news for Oct. 17, 2014 . . .

CMS announces new Accountable Care Organization model ... Drugmaker reaches $31 million settlement, resolving charges that it paid kickbacks to long-term care pharmacies ... People prefer institutional long-term care if they need more help with daily living activities ... First-of-its-kind guidelines recommend pneumococcal vaccine to prevent COPD exacerbations

Labor Department sues Virginia provider for allegedly withholding nurse overtime pay

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A Virginia healthcare provider did not pay long-term care nurses overtime for three years, the Department of Labor has alleged in a recently filed lawsuit.

Long-term care providers might need to change pain management to cut opioid use, MedPAC analyst says

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Long-term care and other providers might have to alter their pain management practices if changes discussed at a recent Medicare Payment Advisory Commission meeting come to pass.

Unpredictable schedules take a toll on nursing home workers, UMass authors say in new book

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Even at nursing homes with stable staffing and occupancy, a large percentage of workers struggle with highly unpredictable schedules, according to findings in a newly published book from researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Critics agree: New book about long-term care is a must-read

Critics agree: New book about long-term care is a must-read

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Doctors have a lot to learn about long-term care."Duh," you say? Fair enough. But a newly published study and a just released book really drive the point home.

Also in the news for Oct. 14, 2014 . . .

MedPAC to focus on opioids in long-term care, private sector management of post-acute services ... Workplace violence takes a severe toll on healthcare workers, analysis finds ... Premier applauds White House antibiotic plan

Providers should expect 'disruption' but are ready for Five Star changes, Parkinson says

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Coming changes to the Five Star rating system for nursing homes will "cause some disruption," but many long-term care providers already are on track, according to American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson.

We serve the poor and aged (and love a great hotel)

We serve the poor and aged (and love a great hotel)

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Messages about how the long-term care sector exists to serve the neediest and most vulnerable can seem hollow here at the Gaylord National hotel, with its high-end steakhouse and a breathtaking glass atrium offering stunning Potomac River views.

Supreme Court to rule on whether providers can sue states over inadequate Medicaid rates

Supreme Court to rule on whether providers can sue states over inadequate Medicaid rates

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case on whether private sector healthcare providers can sue states to increase Medicaid reimbursements, the high court announced Thursday. Based on previous rulings, the court is not likely to rule in favor of the providers, experts say.

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