Nursing homes can't be sued by private parties looking to access the facilities' documents, a state high court has ruled.
Almost 30% of patients who receive care at inpatient rehabilitation hospitals experience some sort of harm relating to their care, according to a new government report.
A rule that would strengthen oversight of supplemental payments for Medicaid providers arrived at the White House for review this week.
AHCA/NCAL announces 2016 award winners ... Antibiotics may slow Alzheimer's progression ... MRSA common on hands of nurses with job-related skin diseases
The rise of health-focused mobile applications, websites and wearable technologies has left gaps in regulations meant to protect consumers' data, according to a long-awaited federal report.
A former resident care worker has been fired by Canadian health officials for sharing on Snapchat a photo of a deceased resident at a government-run long-term care home.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' fraud prevention efforts saved the agency $42 billion dollars in fiscal years 2013 and 2014.
Indoor falls spur more SNF stays than outdoor falls ... RN convicted in $8 million Medicare home health fraud scheme ... FDA issues recall of liquid stool softener for bacteria contamination risk
The Republican National Committee will set its sights on policies that foster home health and seniors' preferences in 2016, according to the party's final platform.
A former employee at a South Dakota facility will serve nearly 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to abusing and neglecting a 66-year-old resident.
A large Arkansas provider association found itself the subject of an ethics complaint this week over donations it made to a state ballot question committee.
Bristol-Myers Squibb pays $30 million to settle kickback scheme involving antipsychotic, diabetes drugs ... Kansas Medicaid backlog putting financial pressure on SNFs ... DOJ may block insurance mega-mergers that would shake up Medicare Advantage market
More than 150 healthcare organizations received document requests last week as part of the second phase of HIPAA audits, according to the Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights.
Three accountable care organizations have left the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Next Generation model less than one year into the program.
An Illinois nursing home has been cited and fined $25,000 after nursing staff failed to follow an advance directive regarding cardiopulmonary resuscitation, resulting in the death of a resident.
VA nursing homes on par with community facilities ... SNF maintenance man arrested for hiding camera in bathroom ... Bill introduced to slow overtime pay changes
The number of hospital admissions and readmissions among nursing home residents dropped in many areas in the United States, according to a recent report.
Massachusetts nursing home workers are fighting back against last-minute budget cuts that would slash an anticipated $35.5 million funding boost to the state's healthcare workforce.
A proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to remove pain management questions from hospitals' value-based purchasing scores drew the ire of some clinical advocates, who say the change would hurt patients.
Sale of nursing home to Sidwell Friends likely to proceed ... Artificial lighting may bring negative health consequences, study shows ... House committee approves spending bill with CMS cuts
Five of the six new quality measures for skilled nursing facilities announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be phased into the Five-Star Quality Ratings system on July 27, CMS officials said on Thursday.
State laws designed to protect nursing home residents from abuse often fail to address the growing risk of explicit social media posts by healthcare workers, a new report finds.
Employees at an Illinois nursing home have filed a petition against the facility's allegedly insufficient staffing levels as executives grapple with an outbreak of scabies.
Younger seniors spending most on end-of-life care, study finds ... Hospice provider pays $18 million to settle whistleblower suit ... Effects of Alzheimer's-linked gene may appear in childhood
A bill that would exempt long-term care pharmacies from a controversial "lock-in" provision received final passage from the Senate on Wednesday and now heads to the president's desk.
Social risk factors could be taken into account in Medicare's value-based payment program, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may delay implementation of Medicare payment reforms over concerns that some physicians may not be prepared for them.
Loss of independence raises seniors' risk for readmission 70% ... Senate introduces Medicare EHR overhaul bill ... Nurse aide pleads guilty to using resident's credit card at casino
A federal appeals court has overruled a bankruptcy judge's decision to prevent healthcare officials from revoking Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement payments to a Florida nursing home
A nurse's aide at a Wisconsin nursing home was fired, but won't face formal charges, for filming a resident and sharing the video with co-workers.
The Obama administration's goal to have half of all Medicare payments delivered through alternative payment models by 2018 gets top billing in a healthcare roadmap for lawmakers written by the president himself.
Majority of shift workers see dangerous situations at work ... HCP names interim president, CEO ... New test can detect glaucoma 4 years earlier
The nursing home industry added 3,100 jobs in June, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Nearly half of all nursing home residents in California completed a form expressing their end-of-life wishes in 2011, showing the state's widespread acceptance of the orders.
Use of an electronic hand hygiene monitoring system decreased the rate of healthcare-acquired MRSA infections in one health system by 42%, research shows.
CNA arrested for punching resident, fracturing facial bones ... Hospitals push CMS for second delay of star ratings ... Electric brain "zaps" may help fight glaucoma
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its proposed physician fee schedule for calendar 2017, and it includes significant aspects for care transition management and the skilled nursing 3-day stay waiver.
A massive health spending bill recently voted on by members of a House subcommittee includes a funding pledge for a program put on the chopping block by a similar Senate bill last month.
Senior living on New York City's Lower East Side will receive additional funding as result of criticism over a housing deal approved by the city.
GAO: Prescription drug shortages ongoing problem ... Home care company settles $21.5 million false claims case ... KS nursing home damaged in tornado
The nursing care sector's occupancy rates fell 0.3 percentage point in the second quarter of 2016, a new report shows.
Newly licensed registered nurses may be more likely to stay in a job that affords them greater variety and autonomy, according to new research.
Clinicians may feel less pressure to prescribe opioids to hospital patients under a proposal made Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Nursing home admissions frozen after rehab patient's death ... Increased palliative care helps drop ER death rate by 48% ... Efforts to cut hospital admissions also shown to reduce 30-day readmissions
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would receive a funding cut of more than $500 million under a spending bill released Wednesday by a House committee.
Residents of a historic Washington D.C. nursing home have filed a lawsuit protesting the highly-publicized sale of their facility to a prominent private school.
A former nursing home patient is seeking $100,000 in damages after a ceiling fell on him at a Wyoming care facility.
Risperdal case brings record-setting $70 million verdict ... Occupancy for nursing care properties rises 0.1 percentage point ... Artificial intelligence can help with diagnosing Alzheimer's
A stolen iPhone containing the medical records of more than 400 nursing home patients will cost the former owner of several nursing homes $650,000 under a federal settlement.
Executive directors at continuing care retirement communities saw their national average salary rise 2.97% to $159,922 this year, while nursing home administrators experienced a more modest increase (2.2%) to $108,629.
Structured meetings led by palliative care specialists did not provide appreciable reductions of depression or anxiety in family members of patients with chronic critical illnesses, compared to routine family meetings conducted by ICU teams, researchers say.
Catholic Belgian nursing home pays for not allowing euthanasia ... Donated blood won't transmit Alzheimer's or Parkinson's ... CMS updates rule allowing claims data to be sold
Two interim final rules announced by the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday will lead to a major increase in OSHA's maximum penalty for workplace safety violations.
A plan to drastically increase fines and oversight in Massachusetts nursing homes was rejected by state lawmakers on Thursday.
A Virginia man hired by Golden Living to oversee construction projects at several facilities faces up to 30 years in prison for bilking the provider out of more than $370,000 in construction costs.
CMS finalizes rule to give providers better access to claims data ... AHCA awards 71 nursing facilities with Silver National Quality Awards ... FDA offers guidance on normal vs. serious memory loss
It was just meaningless workplace chatter, signifying nothing.
Obese nursing home residents are more likely to be admitted to poor quality facilities with high numbers of deficiencies, according to research from the University of Massachusetts.
Mindoula Health, a case management company focused on behavioral health, has bought Care at Hand.
Kitty litter and coffee grounds are among the undesirable materials many long-term care nurses employ to destroy expired or unused medications. Nurse Sherry Day said she knew there had to be a better way.
Two years ago, staff at The Chesapeake printed out program information and put it on a bulletin board.
When Nancy Likens, director of the Soprema Senior Center and Café in Wadsworth, OH, first came up with the idea of using the café as a job-training site for volunteers from the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities in 2013, she wasn't quite sure how the two groups — senior citizens and adults with developmental disabilities -— would get along.
Ask the Treatment Expert about ... what NPUAP's new "pressure ulcer" definition means for providers?
The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel announced a number of changes in April, including replacing the term "pressure ulcer" with "pressure injury" and modifying stage definitions.
A professor has discovered a healing process that enlarges cells to maintain the function of injured or diseased tissue.
A team of nurses in Indianapolis cut the rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by 50% and saved about $700,000 a year by introducing new products, interventions and incentives.
It seems like we are always in a "survey window," waiting for the inspectors to arrive.
Nursing home residents receiving psychosocial treatments for depression have almost six times the risk of falling compared to residents not receiving treatment, according to a new study.
Ask The Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living CEO Jay Zimmer about his hobbies, and he'll mention he's been a long-time runner who also enjoys hiking and cycling.
What was your election platform? With 2016-2017 ACHCA Board Chairman, Steve Fromm.
The annual American Health Care Association's congressional briefing departed from typical dire legislative forecasts in May.
Skilled nursing facilities should be on the lookout for aspects of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 to trickle into the Medicaid world, according to one expert.
Long-term care's largest provider group is firing back over a "frustrating" recommendation that the majority of stroke patients should be treated in an inpatient rehabilitation facility rather than a nursing home.
In-hospital mobility programs led seniors to have significantly higher ability to move around following discharge, a new study has found.
Nursing home residents who take antidepressants for dementia hold a significantly higher risk of falls and fractures than those using antipsychotics, new research finds.
In less than six months, providers could face paying a lot more overtime wages, thanks to a new government rule.
Long-term care lobbyists often gather in Washington to promote legislation they favor.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services established the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes in 2012 after a scathing report found 83% of antipsychotic drug claims were made for nursing home residents without conditions approved for antipsychotic use.
There seems to be a common theme emerging at this year's batch of trade shows. Tips for future success are the rising stars.
Ask the Legal Expert about ... what points should we be attuned to when our facility starts contracting talks
As the number of ACOs continue to increase every year, and as other payors seek to satisfy the same goals as the ACOs — lower costs with higher quality of services — a new market opportunity is ripe for organizations serving seniors
I am a new director of nursing. Can you share some ideas on what I can do for my staff?
Job growth for registered nurses is on pace to produce nearly 450,000 new positions by 2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Providers feeling the pinch of a nursing shortage only need look across the Atlantic to see the possible consequences of being understaffed.
The Department of Justice is refusing to back down in a fight over physicians and patient hospice eligibility.
A skilled nursing facility can refuse bargaining with its union after employees made credible threats of violence during the 2013 union election, a court ruled in May.
In the wake of recent updates to the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel's wound staging guidelines, providers are re-focusing on prevention. Wound care toolboxes include methods and technology aimed at properly stabilizing residents for effective healing. Experts weigh in here on positioning devices and best practices.
How, where and when furniture is used is directly related to the ability to extend its durability and life, especially in high-traffic areas like dining rooms or lobbies
Overnight incontinence care deserves special planning and strategies; providers get personal with individual options and high-tech solutions
HCP ignored fraud and misled investors about the performance of ManorCare, its skilled nursing portfolio, according to a class action filed in May.
Crestview Acres in Marion, IA, welcomed four new residents this spring, but don't expect to find them inside the facility — they're living in a coop out back.
erms about the value-based pay movement tend to spill into one another: bundled payments, accountable care organizations, managed care, site-neutral payments, and on and on.
"In the next decade it does not appear that a cure for Alzheimer's disease will be found."
Penalties for False Claims Act violations will nearly double over the next month in response to a rule from an obscure federal agency, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Privacy violations and litigation risks are among the top worries of providers considering installing cameras in resident rooms, new survey results show.
Price cuts given to Omnicare from a pharmaceutical company looking to boost antidepressant prescriptions in long-term care facilities were legal discounts, not kickbacks, the pharmacy giant argued Wednesday.
McKnight's Long-Term Care News scooped up three awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors' Upper Midwest Region on Wednesday.
Former resident must turn over medical records in disability discrimination case ... Pre-surgery falls common, predict poor outcomes ... Video helps patients make end-of-life decisions
The current Medicare appeals backlog could be cured by 2021 under the proposed rules, according to the Department of Health & Human Services.
Nursing home residents, specifically those with diabetes, are not receiving the recommended amount of preventive care procedures, according to a new analysis.
The long-term care population has grown more diverse in age and ethnicity over recent decades, according to new research published in JAMDA: The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
Lawmakers introduce bills on person-centered, palliative care ... Doctors who use EHR face higher risk of burnout ... FDA requests data on hand sanitizer efficacy