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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Custom technologies and activities linking physical and cognitive tasks provide new opportunities for meaningful interaction with residents who have dementia
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.
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.
If outgoing MedPAC Chairman Glenn Hackbarth had his way, Medicare would pay for skilled nursing services without requiring a three-day hospital stay first.
Seniors should receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 saysOctober 15, 2014
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.
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.
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.