An Illinois skilled nursing facility will have to produce internal documents in a negligence lawsuit filed by the family of a resident, an appeals court ruled last week.
Debate over Medicare beneficiaries' hospital stays being classified as inpatient — a designation crucial to receive skilled nursing coverage — will continue, thanks to a court's order last week.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Office of Management and Budget, has vowed to take "a hard look" at federal regulations if he's confirmed, according to published reports.
CMS releases manual updated with new requirements of participation ... Quality improvement tracking most common barrier to reducing readmissions ... Telehealth program shown to halve hospital admissions
A coalition of healthcare groups is pushing lawmakers and the new head of the Department of Health and Human Services to consider strengthening the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation as they debate changes to federal health programs.
An embattled SNF owner who has been accused of leading a $1 billion Medicare fraud ring also allegedly bribed a state regulator to find out when surveyors would be visiting his facilities, according to the Miami Herald.
A New York company that grows and sells medical marijuana is attempting to tap into the skilled nursing industry to find new customers.
ACO participation cut post-acute spending by 9% ... Alternative payment model could boost palliative care, researchers say ... More seniors taking multiple 'brain-affecting' drugs, raising risk of falls
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) was confirmed by a 52-47 vote as the new secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Friday.
Value-based care models, including bundled payments for hip and knee replacements, reduce costs and unnecessary care, according to a new analysis.
Canadian physicians are over-prescribing antipsychotics to Parkinson's disease patients in long-term care facilities, a new study finds.
Nurse aide to serve year in prison for beating resident ... Florida LeadingAge CEO says a new Medicaid plan would "reverse 30 years of progress" ... Footprints in snow lead police to New Hampshire nursing home robber
A nursing home arbitration lawsuit that's scheduled to be argued in the Supreme Court this month may change the future of the industry, according to those close to the case.
The confirmation of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services poses grave danger to Medicaid recipients, a Democratic senator said Wednesday.
A New Hampshire skilled nursing facility refutes claims that a resident died due to complications from a perm at the facility's salon, according to new legal documents.
Largest-ever survey finds 2.4% of U.S. seniors identify as LGBT ... Healthcare workers should embrace texting orders, expert says ... Intensive blood pressure control has little effect on seniors' mobility
President Donald Trump's executive order to slash two federal regulations for each new policy introduced may arbitrarily cut regulations focused on health and safety, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
House lawmakers on Tuesday gave the greenlight to two pieces of legislation that call for minor changes to the Medicaid program — but may signal the start of ramped up efforts to overhaul the program.
A law that would allow terminally ill patients access to medicines not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration has earned support from President Donald Trump's administration.
Proposed policies could increase transparency for LTC pharmacies ... Working night shifts, heavy lifting may decrease women's fertility ... GAO calls for better oversight of managed LTSS payments
A Florida skilled nursing provider that filed for bankruptcy has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to save it from being excluded from the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
Three former employees of a Virginia skilled nursing facility have sued the provider and its parent company, claiming they were fired after they raised concerns about residents being tied to wheelchairs using bedsheets.
A recent proposal to fund the Medicaid program through block grants could result in $150 billion in savings for the federal government, according to a new study.
Iowa to study SNF alternatives for aging sex offenders ... Obese patients receive worse quality end-of-life-care ... Providers not prepared for risk-based contracts
McKnight's Online Expo is back for its 11th year this spring, offering long-term care providers educational sessions, free continuing education credits and a virtual exhibit hall — all available from the comfort of their own home or office.
A New York-based healthcare provider has acquired the licenses of 10 Pennsylvania Golden LivingCenters facilities that were targeted in a lawsuit by the state's Attorney General.
The data used by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to oversee the Medicaid program is often incomplete and submitted late, according to a new federal report.
Antibiotic commonly prescribed for C. diff may not be best treatment ... Trump: ACA replacement may not be ready until 2018 ... TeamHealth to pay $60 million to settle overbilling allegations
The Department of Health and Human Services' plan to better explain the concept of maintenance therapy has been approved, signaling the end of a legal battle stemming from the 2013 settlement of Jimmo v. Sebelius.
A draft of an executive order being considered by President Donald Trump has raised concerns among advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors for its possible consequences on long-term care facilities.
Senior living leaders can catch a glimpse of the future by visiting the Start-Up Pavilion, a new offering at the 2017 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference. The conference will be held May 1-3 in Nashville.
CMS pushing for extension of dual eligible demos in three states ... Medicare beneficiaries' survival rates boosted by foreign-educated physicians, study finds ... Massachusetts lawmakers cry foul over state report on nursing home wages
High-frequency ultrasound and high-voltage monophasic pulsed current are comparable approaches when treating pressure ulcers in older people, according to a study by Polish researchers.
A new hydrogel created by engineering researchers at the University of Toronto prompts skin cells to crawl toward one another, healing chronic wounds.
How do nutrition assessment and interventions support pressure injury prevention?
Agility Holdings LLC has purchased VCPI from Extendicare Inc., the companies announced in January.
MatrixCare has launched a cloud-based EMR aggregation and care coordination system spanning the healthcare continuum in partnership with Microsoft.
It's just not fair. You're the one who sat at that traffic light forever, and then when it finally changed, some idiot in the lane beside roared through first, without even slowing down.
With the introduction of a new rehabilitation unit in 2016, Brittany Manor in Midland, MI, has continued to focus on using technology to track data and improve patient outcomes.
Thanks to significant technological advances in patient care over the past decade, many medical devices are now being designed to connect to a hospital or long-term care facility's network, or even a patient's home internet service.
MARYLAND — Attorney General Brian E. Frosh is suing a nursing home operator for allegedly expelling residents to free up higher-reimbursed Medicare beds. Frosh filed the suit in Montgomery County Circuit Court in late December.
There's good news for fans of spinach omelets: Foods such as leafy greens and eggs may help stave off age-related cognitive declines, thanks to a pigment known as lutein.
Medications often used by seniors may increase their chances of visiting the emergency department or hospital, according to recently published research.
We are refurbishing our entire resident wound care program since we haven't achieved great results. Can you suggest any places to find some of the latest information?
If there's one aspect of Alise Ionashku's childhood that stands out, it's the desire of her and her three older brothers to make their immigrant parents proud.
Investigators with the Office of Inspector General are recommending a closer look at federal regulators' controversial "two-midnight" rule for Medicare beneficiaries.
Strong reviews for one of the most scrutinized bundled payment programs in the country indicate additional similar programs could be in providers' future.
With the first month of 2017 already behind us, what are some recommendations to keep your "financial house in order" the rest of the year?
Q: What should providers know about the new revenue recognition standard, ASC Topic 606 Revenue from Contracts and Customers?
A Department of Health and Human Services final rule may allow providers to move more quickly through the backlog of 700,000-plus Medicare-related appeals.
Value-based purchasing initiatives and a focus on post-acute partnerships are likely to persist in 2017, despite the possibility of "repeal and replace" of the Affordable Care Act, according to Avalere Health experts in a January webinar.
The occupancy picture did not improve for skilled nursing or assisted living facilities in the fourth quarter of 2016.
New bundled payment models focused on cardiac care and orthopedics were finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the end of December.
Many nursing home providers are missing chances to cut costs and reduce unnecessary care by not having residents' advance directives on file, or orderly, a recent study found.
Delirium among skilled nursing residents needs to be treated more seriously than it currently is by providers, according to authors of a recent research review.
Federal officials struck back at providers in January, filing notice that they were challenging efforts to stop a ban of pre-dispute nursing home arbitration agreements.
LeadingAge, along with 71 other nonprofit aging organizations, sent a letter in mid-January urging then-President-elect Donald Trump to preserve some nursing-home related provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Providers can make good use of some new strategies and tips to be prepared for surveyors around the clock, says Paula Sanders, principal and co-chairwoman of the Health Care Practice Group at law firm Post & Schell P.C.
Mick Jones allegedly wrote "Should I stay or should I go" in 1981 while contemplating whether to leave The Clash. The context may be different this time, but many long-term care operators can well relate to the song's sentiment.
Investigators at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and their Canadian partners reported that cognitive impairment is the same among men and women who work shifts, despite the fact that women typically get less sleep and have more work-related stress.
An online support program helped nurses manage workplace challenges and reduce stress in a randomized study.
I struggle with staying in touch with what is happening at the bedside. Any suggestions?
A Pennsylvania-based healthcare provider has agreed to hand over $300,000 to settle allegations that it fired employees who requested religious exemptions from the organization's vaccination policy.
A New York nursing home provider claims a fellow operator's plans to purchase nursing homes and flip them into condominiums led to some residents' premature deaths, according to a lawsuit filed in late December.
What are your top tips for participating in an accountable care organization or other multi-provider arrangement?
Simple handwashing is indisputably the easiest, most effective way of preventing the spread of germs and infections anywhere, including healthcare settings. Yet it is far from being a widespread practice. Here are some strategies that could help change that.
'Prior level of function' rule can complicate rehabilitation efforts, as providers wrestle with cost, quality of care and what a resident's goals are in maintaining quality of life
Often forgotten or glossed over, there is still one sure answer to questions about how to improve medication mismanagement: have better documentation
LTC operators and architects build memory care units as stand-alone structures within a campus so residents aren't segregated
Genesis HealthCare CEO George Hager Jr. said in a recent interview that he hopes nursing homes will see "federal funding that is additive to the inadequate Medicaid funding" in 2017 — although it's still likely to be short.
CareTrust REIT Inc. acquired a portfolio of four Texas skilled nursing properties for $96 million, the company announced in early December.
The weekly American Sign Language classes at Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet, IL, started as an idea from a high school volunteer.
"Pictures of my grandchildren, just because I can look at them when the rest of the world is in chaos. They're my port in the storm."
Chalk up another one for that famously disruptive New Yorker who crisscrossed the nation the last two years, speaking to big crowds, imploring change. His words are proving prophetic again.
The owners of a Iowa nursing home that closed this week have agreed to pay $100,000 to settle allegations that the facility provided "grossly substandard" care to residents.
Out-of-compliance skilled nursing providers will experience slightly higher civil monetary penalties under an update released by the Department of Health and Human Services this week.
Streptococcus pneumoniae persists as a major health threat to long-term care residents despite nation-wide efforts to encourage vaccinations, according to AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
Daughter's lack of authority leaves resident's arbitration agreement invalid ... Republican lawmakers swap ACA 'repeal' plan for 'repair' ... Ohio continues push to move LTC services to private managed care plans
Two of the country's largest post-acute care providers are joining forces in a unique effort to improve quality and care transitions.
Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for Supreme Court Justice, has a history of sparring with federal agencies over regulations, a tendency that could bring some relief to long-term care providers, observers say.
Two medical associations specializing in the care of older adults are raising red flags over how President Donald Trump's recent executive order halting or curtailing immigration could impact healthcare providers.
Senate committee OKs Price nomination in 'unprecedented' move ... Healthcare data breaches put nearly 16 million patient records at risk ... Seniors taking more than five medications at higher risk of frailty
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has taken steps to prevent improper Medicaid payments, but gaps still remain in making sure providers are properly vetted, according to a federal report released Tuesday.
A vote expected to solidify Rep. Tom Price's (R-GA) position as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services was delayed Tuesday after Democratic senators boycotted it.
A rule that would have placed more scrutiny on providers' partnerships has been put on hold by President Donald Trump's administration.
Efforts to curb opioid epidemic may discriminate against seniors ... Missouri lawmaker proposes law to allow cameras in nursing home resident rooms ... Hospitalizations, deaths due to flu on the rise, CDC says
Mandatory flu vaccine policies for healthcare workers may be based on inadequate data that exaggerates the risks unvaccinated employees pose to patients, according to a study published Friday.
A decision in the fight over how federal health officials should educate people about maintenance therapy coverage may be on the horizon, according to a new report.
Nursing home residents with cognitive impairment may face an increased risk of death if they receive an antipsychotic medication along with other drugs, new research shows.
Trump issues order: cut costs of new regs by eliminating others ... Senate Finance Committee to vote today on Price nomination for HHS ... Researchers at work on 'culturally aware' robots to help care for seniors
Providers are "gravely concerned" and need regulatory relief because of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services's recent issuance of a final rule for nursing homes, LeadingAge said in a letter to the Senate Finance Committee.
Fraud within the skilled nursing sector is expected to remain a focus of the Department of Justice under President Donald Trump, according to experts.
A Kentucky skilled nursing facility will have to pay more than $69,000 to a former employee who claims the provider fired her because she was pregnant, authorities announced last week.
Researchers find low staff ratios, occupancy may increase antipsychotic use ... Former HHS head Burwell named president of American University ... Healthcare tops list of Americans' policy priorities for 2017, survey finds
The owners of companies that provided psychological services to nursing home residents were convicted on Wednesday for their role in a scheme that authorities say bilked millions of dollars from the Medicare program.
A first-of-its-kind measure to gauge hospitalization rates among long-stay skilled nursing residents has been endorsed by the National Quality Forum, the American Health Care Association announced Thursday.
A Kentucky man was arrested after he entered a skilled nursing facility on Tuesday and made threats to shoot employees. His son's mother works at the facility.
Report: SNF quality in Texas 'shamefully poor' compared to most other states ... New drug cuts risk of C. diff return by 40% ... Opinions on who qualifies for work disability benefits vary, study shows
Ultra High therapy billing accounted for the highest total number of therapy days in skilled nursing facilities in 2014, according to data recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Healthcare providers are lacking a way to accurately predict readmission among joint replacement patients, despite growing federal scrutiny on the issue, a new study shows.