Long-Term Care

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.

New plan to revamp the ACA would eliminate federal funding of long-term care

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Better outcomes and cost savings could be achieved if states exclusively funded long-term care for Medicaid beneficiaries, a prominent expert has proposed in a plan that would comprehensively transform the nation's healthcare system.

NY nursing home operator to pay $6.5 million after being busted by an undercover senior

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A New York-based long-term care company has agreed to a $6.5 million settlement with the state over practices at an adult day care location, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Tuesday.

Report: Long-term care providers pay the price for CMS' poor auditor oversight

Report: Long-term care providers pay the price for CMS' poor auditor oversight

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Long-term care and other providers could be facing unfair burdens due to ineffective government oversight of Medicare auditors, according to a new report from a federal watchdog agency.

Medicare Advantage organizations are unresponsive to provider questions, long-term care professionals tell CMS

Medicare Advantage organizations are unresponsive to provider questions, long-term care professionals tell CMS

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Several skilled nursing facility workers expressed frustration regarding communications with Medicare Advantage organizations during a public call with government officials Wednesday. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services representatives acknowledged that provider frustration in this area has been an ongoing issue, but they said that their hands essentially are tied.

Staffing for the 'new' LTC/post-acute care the focus of Aug. 19 webcast

Staffing for the 'new' LTC/post-acute care the focus of Aug. 19 webcast

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Attendees at a free McKnight's webcast Aug. 19 will hear how frontline execs have found success battling new caregiving challenges in long-term and post-acute care. The event will feature, among other topics, best labor and personnel strategies from Dan Leamon, vice president with Altercare of Ohio, and Diane Geis, Altercare's chief personnel officer.

Respecting his elders

Respecting his elders

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Michael D. Gore made great strides professionally this spring, but it also was a season of sadness for the rising long-term care leader. His grandmother died at the age of 87 after spending her last weeks in the Lincoln Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Hamlin, WV. Gore was the center's executive director at the time.

State News for August 2014

State News for August 2014

KANSAS — The state no longer will publicly release survey results for nursing homes going through the informal dispute resolution process, the Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) recently announced. Long-term care associations and consumer advocacy groups have protested the new system, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported.

I couldn't live without ... AOD Answers

I couldn't live without ... AOD Answers

AOD Answers™ has allowed Cantata Adult Life Services and Business Performance Services to have an electronic health record of their residents and to conduct a healthy business, says Pamela Patterson, CCRN, director of informatics and corporate compliance officer.

Better anti-fraud efforts are not appeasing lawmakers

Better anti-fraud efforts are not appeasing lawmakers

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Long-term care facilities and other Medicare providers increasingly have seen reimbursements influenced by the government's Fraud Prevention System, an official recently told a Congressional panel.

Advancing Excellence now embraces nurses in policy

Advancing Excellence now embraces nurses in policy

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Nurses' efforts to be leaders in a national effort to improve long-term care showed how they can attain greater influence over healthcare policy, according to an article recently published in Geriatric Nursing.

Want to know what 'secrets' you'll soon be sharing? Buy a car

Want to know what 'secrets' you'll soon be sharing? Buy a car

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As never before, data collection and analytics have become part and parcel of long-term care. Even midsize and smaller operators are sifting through amazingly granular information to document strengths, address weaknesses and unearth new opportunities. It's all fantastic stuff.

Also in the news for July 31, 2014 . . .

House passes bill to revamp veterans' care ... Professional nursing home exercise instructors boost resident involvement and exertion levels ... CA long-term care committee holds first meeting

Summer reading: The language of long-term care

Summer reading: The language of long-term care

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A recent NPR survey of older adults had a not-too-surprising finding: No one likes being referred to as "elderly" or as a "senior."

Could you make money if Mom's nursing home does a good job?

Could you make money if Mom's nursing home does a good job?

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A man recently raised more than $51,000 ... to make potato salad. And in a similar type of online campaign, senior living investment company Mainstreet raised more than $1.6 million in four weeks through a crowdfunding website.

Finally, a Medicaid funding plan that actually makes sense

Finally, a Medicaid funding plan that actually makes sense

When politicians talk about Medicaid funding and nursing homes these days, an unsettling theme often emerges: the need to spend less of the former on the latter.

MDI Achieve/MatrixCare licenses Hopkins risk assessment

MatrixCare has become the first EHR system for post-acute and long-term care to license the Johns Hopkins Fall Risk Assessment Tool aimed at preventing falls.

Long-term care leaders need self-awareness, partnerships to avoid the 'Founder's Trap,' CEO panel advises

Long-term care leaders need self-awareness, partnerships to avoid the 'Founder's Trap,' CEO panel advises

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Strong leaders must be vigilant or they could stifle a company's innovation and growth, a CEO panel said Monday at the 2014 LINK LTC and Senior Living Conference in Chicago.

Cleanliness is linked to care

Cleanliness is linked to care

With an estimated 70% of people who reach age 65 needing some form of long-term care service, senior living communities will find it increasingly important to learn about and develop solutions for the unique cleaning and sanitizing challenges, starting with residents' rooms.

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

Strokes declined 25% among seniors ... All nations should ensure long-term care for seniors, declaration to UN states ... Lawsuit: Shift to managed care denies home health services ... House bill would halt home health payment cuts

RACs returned a record $100 million to providers in the third quarter, CMS announces

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Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors returned $100.4 million in underpayments to healthcare providers in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced.

Four tips for relieving stress in long-term care

Four tips for relieving stress in long-term care

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Stress is hurting the job performance of a huge number of people in this country — and long-term care workers are among those at greatest risk. At least, this was suggested by poll results released Monday. The findings indicate that facilities would be smart to proactively help staff manage their stress. Here are four strategies to consider.

Oregon tops list of best states for nurses

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With a supportive work environment and plenty of opportunity, Oregon took first in a 2014 ranking of the best and worst states for nursing.

Lawmakers want pay that is risk-adjusted

Lawmakers want pay that is risk-adjusted

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Calculations for Medicare readmissions penalties should be risk-adjusted so that providers do not lose money for serving the sickest, poorest seniors, a group of Congressional lawmakers said in a letter to regulators. Long-term care is carefully monitoring how hospital readmissions penalties are calculated because nursing home reimbursements will be tied to readmissions starting in 2018.

McKnight's Roundtable: Prescription for change

McKnight's Roundtable: Prescription for change

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When top long-term care executives and physicians meet, visions for a new future of longterm care technology, care processes and payment mechanisms soon follow

Technology is helping prevent readmissions, but integration across the care continuum remains a pressing goal, experts say

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As data sets increase for post-acute care, so will the need for standardization and the push for skilled nursing facilities to be connected with other health entities, experts said at a health information technology summit Tuesday.

Also in the news for June 25, 2014 . . .

Chocolate vs. Alzheimer's? ... Court upholds conviction for "worthless services" at nursing home ... Intellectual stimulation helps keep dementia at bay ... Rob Lowe becomes face of LTC insurance

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