Binding pre-dispute arbitration agreements have been prohibited under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule for long-term care facilities that was released late Wednesday. Long-term care lobbyists have opposed such a move.
A unified Medicare payment system for post-acute care could be implemented sooner than currently expected, MedPAC officials said in a blog post published Wednesday.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' reported that methods of detecting and preventing healthcare fraud are "not reassuring" as the threat of healthcare fraud continues to grow, House lawmakers said during a hearing Wednesday .
Long-term care provider settles False Claims Act suit for $32.7 million ... Researchers testing whether stronger flu shots can prevent heart attack, stroke ... Teens charged with stealing nursing home therapy goat
The massive final rule for nursing homes — including possible new regulations on arbitration — is on its way.
The Department of Health and Human Services' current guidelines for securing health information aren't comprehensive enough to help providers adequately protect themselves from the growing threat of cyber-based threats, according to a new federal report.
While long-term care providers can strive to reduce the prevalence of MRSA in their facilities, achieving complete elimination of the infections is unlikely, a new study suggests.
Jury awards family $900,000 in negligence lawsuit against SNF ... Federal workers push for delay in LTC insurance price hike ... EEOC files lawsuit against hospital that fired workers for not getting flu shots
Healthcare providers in the market for an electronic health record system can prepare and plan for their purchase with a new guide released Monday by federal health officials.
Worker outcry: Governor plans to divert new SNF funding to managers' salaries, not all baseline workers
A recent $35.5 million pledge from Massachusetts lawmakers to boost wages in nursing homes may not apply to all nursing home workers, a possibility that's raising concerns among the officials and advocates who pushed for the additional funds.
A bill aimed at improving Medicare's accountable care organizations shows promise for its inclusion of pro-telehealth provisions, according to two healthcare groups.
Nursing home worker accused of killing residents sent "morbid texts" about the deaths ... Former HHS, CMS advisers among Clinton, Trump's reported healthcare policy teams ... Diet high in zinc may raise C. diff risk
A former employee's allegations of fraud against a Florida-based hospice chain lack the specificity to prove the company was in violation of the False Claims Act, a federal court ruled Thursday.
Few physicians believe Accountable Care Organizations will live up to their expectations of increasing quality and cutting costs, a survey published Wednesday shows.
The growing number of Medicare claims submitted for ventilators is likely being driven by three suppliers, the Department of Health and Humans Services' Office of Inspector General said in a data brief released Thursday.
Malnutrition related to chronic diseases costs $15.5B yearly, hits elderly the hardest ... ACA sparked Medicare Advantage "resurgence," officials say ... CDC releases cybersecurity guide for healthcare organizations
A high-profile court case involving one of the nation's largest skilled nursing providers and the controversial topic of statistical sampling will end in a settlement, according to a brief filed Thursday.
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Florida health officials alleging that they unnecessarily housed hundreds of disabled children in nursing homes across the state.
Older adults suffered an estimated 29 million falls in 2014 alone, making it the top cause of injury and death for the age group, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
State Supreme Court shuts down nursing home's arbitration request ... Attorney general urges NY governor to veto nursing home prescription bill ... States, U.S. Chamber of Commerce file lawsuits challenging overtime rule
The fourth annual McKnight's Fall Online Expo takes place today, with educational sessions kicking off at 11 a.m. ET.
The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Connecticut nursing home and its chief financial officer, alleging that they funneled $4 million from the facility's retirement plan to themselves and a religious organization.
A Tennessee nursing home owner allegedly billed Medicaid more than $2 million in non-allowable expenses, including hundreds of thousands of dollars on personal shopping trips and entertainment.
ACLU sends warnings to Nebraska nursing homes that refused to treat man with HIV ... Three CNAs fired for filming "inappropriate" dance video in resident's room ... Former SNF aide faces possible 20-year prison sentence for hitting resident
Providers will get a chance to learn from top long-term care experts and earn up to three free continuing education credits tomorrow at McKnight's Fall Online Expo — all without leaving their home or office.
The nation's largest post-acute care provider has paid more than $3 million in penalties after failing to comply with a federal corporate integrity agreement, authorities announced Tuesday.
The Department of Health and Human Services won't be able to push off litigation over its overwhelming backlog of Medicare appeals, a federal court ruled on Monday.
Palliative care consultations cut hospitalizations in SNF residents ... Former hospice exec sentenced to 15 months for fraud ... Readmission risks higher for total joint arthroplasty patients sent to SNFs
North American Health Care Inc. has agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle allegations that it submitted claims for medically unnecessary rehabilitation services, the Department of Justice announced Monday.
The average length of skilled nursing facility stay dropped 1.3 days for patients who underwent orthopedic surgery through the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, according to a new federal report.
More seniors are affected by mental disorders than previous studies have suggested, according to new research in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
OIG proposes updates to State Medicaid Fraud Control Units ... Reducing readmissions will become harder for providers, experts suggest ... Combo of laughter, exercise said to improve mental health for seniors
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will pledge $87 million in funding to improve information technology in health centers in every state, the agency announced Thursday.
Four former nursing home aides were arrested and charged Tuesday with taking photos and videos of residents in "undignified" situations, according to New York authorities.
Two federal agencies are planning to collaborate in the next fiscal year to address long-term care workforce issues in nursing home settings, according to a report released Thursday.
Intensive treatment to lower blood pressure could save 100,000 lives per year ... Proposed bill would give states funds to combat Medicaid fraud ... Physicians "frequently inaccurate" when predicting how long terminally ill patients will live
A House bill that would establish a value-based purchasing program for post-acute care needs major revisions before it earns providers' support, several industry groups told lawmakers in a letter Thursday.
Hospice providers need to ensure their physicians have properly certified that a Medicare beneficiary is appropriate for hospice care, federal officials urged in a report released Thursday.
Online review website Yelp can't be held responsible for negative feedback consumers post about businesses, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Race, geographic location play a role in stroke treatment ... SNF cited for not supervising resident who choked to death ... Hearing loss "nearly universal" among older adults
Thirty-day hospital readmission rates dropped in all states except one between 2010 and 2015, according to new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Second-quarter occupancy rates in skilled care facilities fell to 82.2%, or their lowest level since figures started being tracked in 2011, according to a new National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care report.
Federal authorities recovered roughly $25 million from skilled nursing facilities during criminal and civil investigations in fiscal year 2015, a new report from the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General shows.
Fitch: Value-based care makes for "turbulent" time in PAC ... Study suggests link between Alzheimer's, air pollution ... Losing teeth may put seniors at higher risk for mental, physical disabilities
Roughly 5 million Medicare beneficiaries in the United States don't take their blood pressure medication properly, according to a Vital Signs report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A Missouri nursing home is no longer eligible for federal funding after an inspection this summer found the facility did not provide enough food for its residents, and appears scheduled to close.
Quality Improvement Organizations have resumed audits of short-stay hospital admissions under the two-midnight rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday.
FTC backs telemedicine provider in battle with medical board ... CMS rejects Ohio's plan to create new Medicaid fees, penalties ... Nursing home sued after resident allegedly assaulted by security guard
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services relies too much on investigating improper Medicare payments after they're made instead of preventing them to begin with, Republican lawmakers said Monday.
A California nursing home and two physicians who worked at the facility will pay more than $3.5 million to resolve allegations that they took part in an illegal patient transfer scheme, authorities announced on Friday.
The family of a former resident of a Genesis Healthcare facility is suing the company, the facility and its medical director for allegedly administering risky medications to the resident without her consent.
GAO: Medicaid spending caps could bump up Medicare costs ... Man arrested for leaving bomb in employee's car outside CCRC ... Medicare Shared Savings ACOs generated "modest" savings in second year, Harvard study finds
Long-term care providers will be required to install and maintain emergency power systems and strengthen resident elopement procedures under a final emergency preparedness rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Thursday.
Reducing hospital admissions among long-stay nursing home residents is high on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's agenda in 2017, the group said during a meeting Thursday.
Genesis HealthCare and the University of New Mexico Health System are partnering to improve care access and reduce hospital readmissions among nursing facility residents, the university announced on Friday.
CMS posts guidance on providers' MDS 3.0 concerns ... Statin risks "exaggerated," major review finds ... Physicians spend nearly twice as much time on EHR work than with patients, study finds
Medicare Part A providers urged lawmakers to grant them relief at a time of "breathtaking" regulatory changes on Wednesday during a hearing of the House Ways and Means health subcommittee.
Two psychologists pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges that they billed Medicare millions of dollars for psychological tests unnecessarily administered to nursing home residents.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require Medicare providers to electronically submit proof of compliance with civil rights requirements, according to a memo sent last week.
Older, sicker patients may bring penalties in bundled payment programs ... Company that stopped employees from joining together in legal actions asks Supreme Court for review ... Most seniors unlikely to fully recover from hip fractures
A Tennessee-based skilled nursing provider is facing a False Claims Act complaint after it allegedly submitted claims for services that were "grossly substandard" or not provided at all over a five-year span, federal officials announced Wednesday.
A federal initiative to transform healthcare delivery and payment at the state levels has shown "promising progress," according to a report released Wednesday.
House committee slams Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation's lack of savings, 'unelected' officials
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation has spent almost $6.1 billion on demonstration projects without showing any tangible savings, say Republican lawmakers.
Review: ACA has made "significant progress" in improving access to care ... Dementia patients in hospice prescribed lower doses of pain meds ... Stroke survivors at eight times higher risk for depression
The number of nursing assistant positions is expected to skyrocket by 2024, making up at least 39% of employment growth in the nursing home industry, according to a new report.
Differing definitions of long-term care pharmacies used by government agencies may threaten seniors' care and disrupt care coordination, according to a leading long-term care pharmacy group.
Older men who have sex at least once a week may have a higher risk of suffering cardiovascular events than those who are sexually inactive, according to a new study.
Joint Commission accredited SNFs show higher quality ratings ... Despite federal efforts, gaps still remain in care transitions ... Electric fans may harm seniors during extreme heat, study finds
It's back and better than ever: McKnight's is proud to announce its Fall Online Expo will return for a fourth year on Sept. 22.
Maximum civil monetary penalties for skilled nursing providers will more than double under a final rule released Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
A New York nursing home has come under fire for allegedly understating the severity of fatal injuries one resident sustained after she was beaten by another resident.
Sophisticated IT boosts quality in nursing homes, study finds ... Lack of sleep, untreated depression may raise Alzheimer's risk ... Senate Aging Committee to hold hearing on $7.7 trillion gap in retirement savings
Returning cells to their earliest embryonic state may offer a "potent" resource for healing diabetic foot ulcers, according to a team of Boston-based researchers.
Cryopreserved umbilical cord, or cUC, allografts healed nearly 80% of chronic wounds in a retrospective review of a Texas veterans clinic.
When eschar is present, what are the best practices for treating pressure injuries that occur on the heel?
A smartwatch app under development may allow certified nursing assistants to respond to alerts faster, Binghamton University researchers say.
Healthcare facilities turn out nearly 30 pounds of waste per day per staffed bed. What if that trash could be made into something beautiful?
Corn loves classical music. It's all ears for the stuff.
FitBit and other fitness and sleep tracker developers are breathing a sigh of relief after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released final guidance in July proclaiming a hands-off approach by the agency when it comes to low-risk devices for general wellness. Through this new policy, the FDA says it hopes to foster the development of low-risk products intended to promote a healthy lifestyle.
State officials should crack down on minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes, according to a new report.
The quality of care provided in healthcare facilities managed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is comparable to the quality of community-based facilities, according to a recent research review.
Long-term treatment with antibiotics could help decrease levels of amyloid plaques, a telltale sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to recent study results.
I love going to conferences and I learn a lot, but it seems like they always put me in a hole at work, both before and after. What can I do?
As Beth Mace has moved along her path with the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care, the journey has become personal.
A patient making threats about being cared for by someone of a race he or she doesn't like is not a valid reason for a provider to assign staffing by race, a court has ruled.
Even as some experts were predicting that value-based purchasing initiatives would be expanding in the near future, researchers from a handful of universities were casting doubts on the success of a VBP demo project.
It seems like Medicare always has so much information about us. How can we access that data?
Genesis Healthcare will pay $52.7 million under an agreement to settle four separate Department of Justice investigations, the nation's largest long-term care company said.
Skilled nursing facilities failing to submit data for new quality measures will suffer a 2-percentage point reduction starting with 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services warned in the recent release of its final rule.
Q: Why are residents with dementia common targets of bullies?
Surveyors have begun reviewing nursing homes' policies for addressing employee abuse of residents on social media platforms.
More groups are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses as the publication of the agency's final rule for nursing homes draws near.
Napping on the job may be beneficial for nurses working night shifts, according to a new study.
Volunteering after age 40 provides more mental health benefits than serving when younger, according to a new analysis from British researchers.
Salaries for nursing home administrators spiked 3.8% this year, when comparing facilities taking part in the nation's biggest survey in both 2015 and 2016.
While providers cheered an estimated $920 million payment increase for fiscal 2017, they also resigned themselves to preparing for four new quality measures.
Long-term care providers can get up to date with the latest challenges, barriers and safe practices for health information technology when McKnight's Fall Online Expo returns for its fourth year.
Some necessary conversations tend to be awkward and uncomfortable.
Maintaining a low turnover rate among nursing staff during a time of high demand for positions may relate to autonomy of the job.