Long-Term Care

Guidelines for purchasing a long-term care facility

Guidelines for purchasing a long-term care facility

Transactions within the senior care industry are at an all-time high. There are many different buyer profiles looking to invest and each one has a different method for measuring ROI.

LTC software market expected to grow

The long-term care software market is expected to grow almost 14% by 2019, a new report says. The market is estimated to be worth $7.56 billion by 2019.

Older residents ahead?

Older residents ahead?

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Conventional wisdom holds that the sweet spot for long-term care residents is around age 85, give or take. But what if that figure were to increase dramatically?

 Three fundamental shifts to help LTC providers pave the way for value-based care

Three fundamental shifts to help LTC providers pave the way for value-based care

Healthcare organizations of all shapes and sizes are trying to figure out how to make the transition to a value-based world in a cost-efficient and timely manner. In fact, a recent McKnight's article by John O'Connor raises this very issue.

Debate on permanent doc fix rages on

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Long-term care leaders continue to brace this week for news about any new plans to pay Medicare physicians, which might siphon pay from seniors' caregivers. Medicare physicians face a 21% pay cut at the end of the month if lawmakers don't find an alternative, which most thing they will.

Combatting CRE in long-term care

Combatting CRE in long-term care

While rare among healthy people, certain types of infections are on the rise in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare settings where up to half of all bloodstream infections caused by this type of bacteria result in death.

Operators need to start asking a fundamental question: How they gonna pay?

Operators need to start asking a fundamental question: How they gonna pay?

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Conventional wisdom tells us that many existing options will not cut it as more discriminating customers arrive in long-term care. But maybe it's also time for operators to start giving more thought to a fundamental question: Will my future customers be able to pay?

3 ways facility-based provider organizations can innovate

3 ways facility-based provider organizations can innovate

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Current modes of long-term care service delivery, such as assisted living, nursing home and private duty home care providers, will lose unless they begin to innovate a patient-centered, setting-agnostic platform that meets a much broader array of family needs.

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

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