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CDC issues new guidelines on pneumococcal vaccine, says LTC flu vaccination rates remain low

CDC issues new guidelines on pneumococcal vaccine, says LTC flu vaccination rates remain low

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Long-term care workers continued to have low rates of flu vaccination last season, despite there being 92% vaccination coverage overall among physicians and nurses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. The agency also said seniors should receive two doses of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

CMS releases updated Minimum Data Set manual

CMS releases updated Minimum Data Set manual

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an updated version of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument manual Friday.

MedPAC chairman: Three-day stay requirement is 'archaic'

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The government should pay for skilled nursing care without a preliminary three-day hospital stay, and the recovery auditor program should be reformed, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members said at a meeting Friday.

NC nursing home reaches $35,000 settlement over charges it discriminated against disabled worker

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A North Carolina long-term care company has reached a $35,000 settlement over charges that it discriminated against a cook/dietary aide with a physical impairment, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday.

Little Sisters of the Poor presses contraceptive mandate case, says government's latest solution isn't good enough

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The Little Sisters of the Poor is not satisfied with the federal government's recent regulations and will continue its challenge against the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, the Catholic long-term care provider stated in a legal brief filed Monday.

Long-term care facilities could collect residents' unused prescription drugs under new federal regulation to combat abuse

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Long-term care facilities will have a role to play in a new prescription drug take-back effort aimed at curbing addiction and abuse, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday.

CMS should publicly push Congress to reform therapy payment system, long-term care provider association urges

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should openly urge Congress to change the way therapy services are reimbursed, the nation's largest long-term care provider association stated in recent written comments to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

Today's the day: McKnight's Fall Online Expo offers 3 free CE webcasts

Today's the day: McKnight's Fall Online Expo offers 3 free CE webcasts

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McKnight's second Fall Online Expo takes place today, bringing long-term care professionals three free webcasts for continuing education credit. Experts will discuss regulatory compliance, strategies for working with difficult families and residents, and tips for managed care success.

Also in the news for September 9, 2014 . . .

Nearly 50% of older adults need help with daily activities and long-term care system is falling short, analysis finds ... Single-dose flu drug safely alleviates symptoms in clinical trials ... Trial in nursing home case involving IL gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner set for Sept. 22 ... Nursing home owner tells jury he paid former CT governor through shady arrangement

$3.8 million settlement shows nursing homes must oversee their therapy providers, feds say

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Two long-term care companies have agreed to a $3.75 million settlement over charges that they failed to sufficiently control an outside therapy provider's billing and care practices, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

LTC nurse could face 4 years in prison for alleged morphine mistake, cover-up

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A nurse has been indicted for allegedly administering morphine to a nursing home resident by mistake and covering up her error while the resident experienced a health emergency, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday.

Federal judge blocks new RAC contracts

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Adding to the ongoing controversy around Medicare's Recovery Audit Contractor program, a judge has ruled that the government cannot award new RAC contracts until disputed payment terms are resolved.

Report: analytics market has exploded

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The analytics market is exploding across the entire healthcare spectrum, according to a new report from Chilmark Research.

Long-term care financing is especially hard for older people who rent their homes, and that number is rising: Harvard/AARP report

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Younger baby boomers might have particularly difficult problems paying for long-term care because they have lower rates of homeownership than previous generations, according to a report released Monday by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP.

CMS offers a deal to hospitals to cut Medicare appeals backlog

CMS offers a deal to hospitals to cut Medicare appeals backlog

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In an effort to trim the huge backlog of Medicare claims appeals that has stymied long-term care and other providers, the government is offering a new way to settle some cases. Hospitals could receive a partial payment if they withdraw appeals related to inpatient status, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in an email Friday.

CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis

CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis

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A new Medicare hospice manual update includes instructions for which principal diagnosis codes are acceptable, and clarifies which codes should be used for services in a skilled versus non-skilled nursing facility. Billing staffs should be aware of these changes, which go into effect Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stated in an educational memorandum sent Friday via email.

Dirty hands needed

Dirty hands needed

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Gardening is magic. Gardening is mindfulness. Gardening is therapist, physician and personal trainer without spandex or a copay. And now researchers have confirmed that gardening can help nursing home patients suffering with dementia.

Complainers, take note: This one is all for you

Complainers, take note: This one is all for you

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As a long-term caregiver, you get yelled at, told off, put down and dumped on regularly — and that's during good weeks.

Study: To boost care, empower nurse aides

Study: To boost care, empower nurse aides

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Long-term care managers would be wise to allow nursing assistants — and residents' family members — a greater say in managerial-type decision-making, authors of a new study assert.

Medicare rates will increase 2% in 2015

Medicare rates will increase 2% in 2015

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When is a meager pay hike viewed as welcome news? When the source of that increase — namely, the federal government — seems intent on making cuts almost everywhere else.

mHealth apps may end up hurting consumers: expert

mHealth apps may end up hurting consumers: expert

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Mobile health apps need more oversight, according to a July article published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Pioneer ACO drops out of program, despite reductions in skilled nursing utilization

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A California healthcare system has become the latest dropout from the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, despite reducing skilled nursing facility utilization and improving its readmission rates. Sharp HealthCare announced its decision in a quarterly financial statement released Tuesday.

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume and value: PwC report

Long-term care continues to lead in deal volume and value: PwC report

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Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter of 2014, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

High-profile consumer advocacy group sues over broken Medicare appeals process

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Long-term care providers have been outspoken in their criticism of the Medicare appeals process, which has all but ground to a halt. Now a class-action lawsuit says Medicare beneficiaries also are being harmed by the excessively long delays.

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

Dementia sharply increases stroke risk ... CMS releases training tool to build respect for LGBT long-term care residents ... Canes fitted to the hip are better for stroke patients ... 'Mindfulness' training improves sleep, reduces depression in early-stage dementia

Is it any wonder this field has an identity crisis?

Is it any wonder this field has an identity crisis?

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What's in a name? That's a fairly topical question, given the many differing views on how best to describe the business we're in. Not that this field's identity crisis is a recent development.

Family alleges long-term care facility banned them due to social media posts, files lawsuit

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Family members of a Texas long-term care resident have sued the facility where she lives, claiming they were banned from visiting due to their social media posts, according to a publication covering legal proceedings in the state.

Genesis, Skilled Healthcare merger to create huge long-term care provider with more than 500 facilities

Genesis, Skilled Healthcare merger to create huge long-term care provider with more than 500 facilities

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Genesis HealthCare and Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. will merge to create a single long-term and post-acute care company with more than 500 facilities nationwide, the providers announced Tuesday.

Federal court dismisses whistleblower lawsuit over Omnicare, PharMerica withholding generic drugs

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A federal court in New York has tossed a whistleblower lawsuit charging that large long-term care pharmacies violated the False Claims Act by failing to dispense requested generic drugs.

Increase managed care transparency, long-term care providers urge Senators

Increase managed care transparency, long-term care providers urge Senators

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The government should collect and release more claims information from managed care plans, the nation's largest long-term care provider association stated in a recent letter to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee.

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