I'd say the thing we write about most often in this line of work is payment issues. As a long-term care provider, you are eternally under pressure with whether there will be enough to pay for everything.
It would be unwise to assume that Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the likely new head of Health and Human Services, is always going to align with the values of long-term care providers. But in the midst of a whirlwind of news around cabinet appointments, it is worthwhile for nursing home providers to take a deep breath and read about what Price did — and more importantly, did not — say this week.
As interest in genetic testing rises, one woman faces 10 years in prison for a $1 million Medicare fraud scheme that lured seniors into unnecessary genetic testing.
Medicare spending slowed to a 4.5% growth rate in 2015, even as payments for nursing homes increased, according to a new analysis.
While I never expected long-term care to be a serious part of discussion within the three presidential debates, the wonky part of my heart still jumped for joy when moderator Chris Wallace asked about entitlement programs during the last debate Wednesday night.
Does the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services need its own Barney Fife to set its house in order? Some seem to think so.
Long-term care providers working with female physicians may be surprised to learn that Medicare pays them less than their male peers, according to a new analysis.
As the clock clicks down on President Barack Obama's days in office, the administration remains focused on adjusting Medicare reimbursements, much to the annoyance of healthcare providers.
The owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing homes and assisted living facilities has been charged with leading a national record $1 billion-plus Medicare fraud scheme.
The articulation of data is vitally important, and MedPAC is not the only entity interpreting, or misinterpreting, cost report and claim data.
With so many regulatory changes kicking in on Oct. 1, it's no wonder providers were likely too distracted to notice the latest "trick" by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
I was truly surprised when I didn't hear long-term care leaders excitedly jumping around, yelling, "See! See! Us too! Us too!" last week. It was a simple report, sure, but one that should have sent the frantic-meter bouncing.
You can bet that nursing home-hired actuaries, lawyers, consultants and other assorted bean counters are going over new rules with a fine-tooth comb. They are looking for the next generation of potential revenue streams — and any loopholes to them. If they exist, they will be found, and implemented.
A leading nursing home advocate is mustering support to combat massive changes the administration has proposed for Medicare and Medicaid participation.
Medicare skilled nursing facilities would get a net 1.2% pay increase — totaling $430 million — in fiscal 2016 under a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Thursday.
So much for the dog days of summer getting close. Long-term care advocates were already at full woof on Tuesday — and that's a good thing.
It was quite a week for ironic juxtaposition in the nation's capital.
Don't look now, but it appears that nursing home owners might have sneaked one of their own onto the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
The government plans to make new claims data and other resident-care information available to providers and entrepreneurs as never before. Is it too good to be true?
Huge numbers of dual-eligible beneficiaries are leaving a demonstration project that hopes to improve payments for people eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
The Health & Human Services' Inspector General is advising the agency to have its Medicare contractors chase down more than $33 million that might have been overpaid to physicians as a result of seemingly innocent coding errors for services.
Far more than half of the $360 billion in Medicare payments made just two years ago were based on traditional fee-for-service models without regard to quality or value, according to an independent report released Tuesday.
Prescription drug prices are likely to resurface as a hot political potato in the looming presidential race, beginning with the president's recent bombshell that he wants to let Medicare bargain on drug prices.
If providers were charged a fee for challenging Recovery Audit Contractor findings, there wouldn't be the current overwhelming backlog of Medicare appeals, says the administration — and, surprise, the auditors themselves.
Medicare beneficiary smart cards would have a limited impact on reducing fraud and could even introduce "new, more sophisticated fraud schemes," a new report by the Government Accountability Office concludes.
Much of last week's historic bill that created new payment rates for Medicare doctors was left unfunded by lawmakers, and now GOP budget hawks are presenting ideas that provoke anxiety in the sector.
More than just collecting data, providers need to use standardized, nationally recognized measures. Especially in this era of ACOs and alternative payment models. In the past, many individual providers used their own methodology to create their own "data driven" story.
House and Senate Republican lawmakers began working on a budget this week that could propose slashing Medicare and Medicaid in an effort to work toward a balanced budget without fiddling with tax rates, according to published reports.
New AARP research reveals that the use of hospital "observation" status is having a substantial impact on out-of-pocket healthcare costs and follow-up care decisions for many Medicare beneficiaries.
With Medicare and Medicaid costs soaring, federal and state agencies are looking at various avenues to rein in costs. Fraudulent billings from healthcare providers costs taxpayers millions of dollars each year and is an area of focus for government agencies.