People with complex needs could find themselves squeezed out of the most appropriate long-term care settings as Medicaid beneficiaries become enrolled in programs from private sector companies, The New York Times reported in a lengthy Page 1 examination of the subject Friday.
Nearly half of hospitalized seniors facing a major treatment decision require help from family members, a new study finds.
Among people eligible for Medicaid but not Medicare, long-term care residents are most likely to be among the costliest beneficiaries for a state, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) requested the report, noting that much research has focused on those eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare, but has largely overlooked the Medicaid-only group.
More Medicaid dollars would flow to volunteers who drive nursing home residents to medical appointments under a bill recently reintroduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). Seniors living in rural parts of Minnesota currently are scrambling to find rides, due to a dispute between transportation companies and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Healthcare reform, especially the expansion of Medicaid, will bring into focus the fragility of the safety net. This is a system that is for vulnerable seniors, but which has not been adequately financed.
Senators and a panel of experts wrangled over whether effective long-term care reform hinges on a federal mandate for all individuals to buy some type of LTC insurance, at a Special Committee on Aging hearing on Thursday.
A California physician received kickbacks from skilled nursing facilities as part of a large-scale scheme to defraud government health programs, authorities announced Friday. Ovid Mercene, M.D., pleaded guilty to the fraud and related tax charges in U.S. District Court.
Nursing homes still account for the vast majority of long-term care services available in the United States despite policies meant to encourage home- and community-based care, according to a new government report. The first-ever "National Study of Long-Term Care Providers" includes data on the capacity and operational characteristics of providers, and information about the people cared for in these settings.
Minnesota appears to be on the ball when it comes to long-term care. It regularly rates at or near the top when states are ranked on LTC services. Yet, Minnesota also is on the leading edge of a more troublesome long-term care trend, and it's something we all should be paying attention to.
People with health insurance are not more likely to engage in risky behaviors, but instead focus more on preventative care according to new research.
The federal government could reduce its Medicaid contributions to states as a deficit reduction measure, but the move likely would achieve savings only by putting seniors at risk, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Younger people are more informed about long-term care financing and are more likely to be saving for their future needs than older Americans, according to a recent national survey.
Modest expansions of meal delivery programs could reduce the number of Medicaid beneficiaries in nursing homes, but such a plan would not be cost-effective in every state, according to newly published research.
In a blow to Medicaid-certified long-term care providers in the nation's capital, officials announced the District of Columbia would not make Medicaid payments during the federal government shutdown.
What happened last week in Washington was not exactly highlight reel material. That is, unless you want to showcase public sector dysfunction.
Many Americans mistakenly believe that long-term care in the United States is primarily paid for out-of-pocket, according to the latest poll to show how deeply people misunderstand this aspect of the healthcare system.
A group of nursing home operators has won a moral victory over the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, with a federal appeals court saying the agency made Medicaid reimbursement cuts without considering the consequences, but without the court ordering financial relief.
The U.S. system for providing long-term care should be changed to reduce the number of people living in facilities and better align spending with health outcomes, according to comments that state Medicaid directors sent to the Congressional Commission on Long-Term Care.
Nursing homes often decrease residents' need for services covered under Medicare, according to new research published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The results reinforce the idea that accountable care organizations can lower costs by partnering with long-term care facilities.
Attitude determines altitude. You make your breaks. People are about as happy as they make their minds up to be. They're all somewhat overused yet admirable sayings people live by. Nursing home operators might want to remember them. Otherwise, it's easy to miss that providers aren't always getting hammered by authorities or officials.
Giving long-term care stakeholders a reason to cheer, California recently requested a federal waiver to implement Cal MedConnect, a demonstration project meant to improve care coordination for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Nursing homes with a high proportion of black residents tend to underperform financially, according to recently published research that raises difficult questions about admissions practices and healthcare disparities.
For the first time, the federal government will offer Medicaid funds to help finance long-term care ombudsman programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced.
Dual eligible managed care plans involved in an upcoming Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services demonstration project will need to submit data in a variety of areas, the agency explained in a draft statement last week.
Under a newly expanded Medicaid program option, states stand to reap billions of dollars in what amounts to free money. Much of this could go toward better resident care. But some governors can't help themselves and are acting stupid.
Personal care aide is the fastest growing occupation in the United States, yet training standards for PCAs are lax and inconsistent, according to a new report from the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute.
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Americans don't like to think about their eventual long-term care needs and don't have a realistic understanding of how the long-term care system works, according to a poll released Wednesday. Given that other surveys have reported similar findings for years, the results show the public's consistent lack of knowledge about long-term care.
Regional authorities will decide whether to conduct full surveys of deemed long-term care providers that are cited for Immediate Jeopardy, according to recently revised guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.