A Maryland skilled nursing operator has filed a complaint against state health officials, claiming they "abused and misused the State survey process" to target its facilities in an effort to shut them down.
Long-term care providers should pay special attention to their admission, visitation and grievance policies under the new requirements of participation rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a legal expert said Tuesday.
A nursing home in England got a surprise on Sunday when actor George Clooney dropped by unannounced to help celebrate a resident's 87th birthday.
GOP healthcare bill updates gives states choice between block grants, per capita funding for Medicaid ... SNF to pay $875,000 to family of resident who choked to death ... Senator seeks details into new CMS administrator's ethics compliance
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is pushing back the implementation date for its recent rule creating a bundled payment program for cardiac care, as well as changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program. Further delays also are being considered.
A tense political environment in Washington, D.C., means long-term care providers headed to Capitol Hill need to be passionate but polite, executives said Monday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is planning to propose changes to the GOP's Affordable Care Act replacement policy that would help alleviate healthcare costs for seniors.
Jury finds SNF negligent in resident's death, awards family $450,000 ... Nursing Home Compare is flawed, Ohio providers say ... Eliminating LGBT seniors from national survey could jeopardize access to services, group fears
GOP health plan moves forward, moving seniors closer to higher insurance rates, lower access to healthcare, analysts say
Seniors just shy of Medicare eligibility age could find their ability to pay for future long-term care services stymied due to projected rises in health insurance costs that would come under the House GOP's healthcare plan, analysts say.
A Florida-based provider has breathing room to appeal a $347 million judgment after a federal judge said the payment could force 183 facilities to collapse.
Highly trained workers generally work faster, but they are more likely to make mistakes after they are interrupted, a new study finds.
Meals on Wheels pushes back against budget cuts, noting 2.4 million seniors served annually... Medication reconciliation may reduce rehospitalization, study indicates ...Medical director arrangement lands hospital in court
President Donald Trump's proposed budget plan for fiscal year 2018 slash the budget for the Department of Health and Human Services while putting additional funds into fraud prevention.
Changes to Medicaid proposed by Republican lawmakers may cut the program's budget, but won't jeopardize care for beneficiaries, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., said Wednesday.
HCR ManorCare will have to pay punitive damages in a negligence and abuse case filed by a resident of its Hemet, CA facility, an appeals court ruled this week.
Judge: PA received $3 million in improper Medicaid funds for nursing home training ... SNF aides fired, charged with assault of 93-year-old resident ... Hip, knee replacement surgery patients fare better at home than rehab center, study finds
Skilled nursing occupancy rates hit their lowest level on record in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to a report released Wednesday.
Federal officials may have missed out on saving as much as $11 billion over the past seven years by not implementing the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's recommended post-acute payment updates, the group said on Wednesday.
A federal lawsuit claiming a Tennessee-based skilled nursing operator provided "grossly substandard care" can proceed despite the provider's bankruptcy filing, a judge ruled on Monday.
HHS, CMS leaders promise Medicaid collaboration with states ... SNF nurse arrested for intercepting prescription deliveries, stealing $9,500 in drugs ... Beijing to allow foreign, for-profit nursing home operators to set up shop
Coming off of a record-attendance day, McKnight's Online Expo returns for its final day with hot-topic educational sessions on wounds and technology.
Long-term care provider groups were complimentary of Seema Verma as she was confirmed this week as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Medicare's trust fund could lose $117 billion in revenue over the next 10 years if the recently proposed Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act is passed into law, according to an analysis released Monday.
House proposal would require LTC expert on Medicaid advisory panel ... SNF nurses charged with stealing residents' medication, swapping in Tylenol ... Study shows promise for C. diff treatment in pill form
McKnight's 11th Annual Online Expo is back with educational sessions beginning today at 10 a.m. ET. Registration is still open and ongoing through Wednesday for last-minute attendees.
New York's largest for-profit nursing home group allegedly kept more than 350 Filipino nurses in "indentured servitude" and sued those who tried to quit, according to a class action complaint filed last week.
Accountable care organizations helped reduced Medicare medical costs without increasing prescription drug spending, according to a recently published analysis.
Little agreement how to solve 'storm' of violence against healthcare workers ... SNF visitor sentenced to 9 years in prison for raping resident ... CDC: Flu season has likely peaked
McKnight's 11th Annual Online Expo kicks off tomorrow at 10:00 am ET with a compliance-focused session that is a must-attend for long-term care providers.
Provisions of the recently released American Health Care Act could jeopardize seniors' access to long-term care, the American Geriatrics Society warned last week.
President Donald Trump's campaign promise to leave the Medicare program intact could hinder his administration's efforts to reduce healthcare costs, experts said last week.
Full Senate vote could narrowly confirm CMS head Monday ... Seizures more prevalent in SNF residents than community-dwelling seniors ... HHS head promotes health IT growth to improve patient care, cut costs
Chief medical officer of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Andrey Ostrovsky, M.D., took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his concern with legislation of the GOP's new healthcare plan.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers reintroduced a bill on Wednesday that would require days spent by hospital patients in observation status count toward the three-day inpatient requirement for skilled nursing coverage.
A computer system error may leave Colorado to foot a $43 million Medicaid bill, according to local reports.
Medicare appeals backlog can't be fixed by 2021, HHS says ... CMS rescinds Feb. operations manual update, publishes new update reflecting mega-rule ... OIG head details hospice care inadequacies in testimony before House
Providers will have a chance to connect with colleagues, learn from long-term care experts and earn up to five free continuing education credits when McKnight's 11th Annual Online Expo kicks off next week.
The owner of an Illinois hospice company was sentenced to six and a half years in federal prison on Tuesday for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme that paid kickbacks to nursing homes.
Legislation introduced this week to replace the Affordable Care Act will make the Medicaid program more sustainable, according to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D.
GAO: Medicare, Medicaid at 'high risk' of fraud, waste ... Provider to pay $325,000 to settle claims that it discriminated against disabled workers ... IL lawmakers introduce bills to prevent 'improper' LTC discharges and fine understaffed facilities
The Medicaid program would sustain major cuts under legislation presented by Republican lawmakers as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, according to provider groups.
ACA changes could strip insurance coverage from hundreds of thousands of direct care workers, group says
Legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act may complicate the increasing shortage of healthcare workers, according to a report released Tuesday.
A former nurse at a Colorado skilled nursing facility has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was raped by a supervisor whose history of sexual harassment was known when he was hired.
Shorter hospital stays bump up readmission risk ... Georgia high court rules in favor of SNF in arbitration dispute ... Mounting Alzheimer's costs could bankrupt Medicare, report claims
Medicaid Fraud Control Units delivered nearly $1.9 billion in recoveries in fiscal year 2016, according to a new data set and interactive map released Monday by federal officials.
Care coordination models show promise in reducing hospitalizations, Medicare costs among SNF residents
Care coordination models tested through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' have indicated which strategies can help reduce hospitalizations, according to a new study.
An Illinois man was found in a ditch Monday, three days after being dropped off at an intersection nearly 10 miles from the nursing home where he was supposed to be admitted.
Medicare will be a 'guarantee' under new administration, HHS Secretary says ... Advocate group calls FL nursing home reports 'shocking' ... Medicare reimbursement for dental care a long shot, but advocates aim to bring fight to 2020 election
A new reimbursement system for post-acute care providers could be implemented sooner than previously thought, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission indicated last week.
'Radical' Medicaid changes could lead to LTC service cuts, LeadingAge and 99 other advocacy groups warn
Proposals to move Medicaid to a block grant or per capita cap system would result in cuts to the program that could put beneficiaries and funding for providers at risk, dozens advocacy groups told lawmakers on Friday.
A 36-year-old woman who admitted to starting a fire that killed 16 residents at a Connecticut skilled nursing facility in 2003 is still not competent to stand trial, her lawyer and local prosecutors agreed last week.
Former CMS head 'angry' that ACA repeal could strip nursing home, quality provisions ... Medicaid expansion may stay under plan from GOP governors ... Second ACA repeal draft leaked amid claims that GOP is 'hiding' bill
People with chronic wounds who are prescribed opioids to treat their pain may experience slower healing than those who don't receive the drugs, according to new research.
A recently developed skin graft treatment may help speed up the healing process for chronic wounds like pressure sores and diabetic ulcers — and keep them from coming back.
With thousands of dressings on the market, which is the best for wound healing?
RCare has debuted a wireless call solution, titled the BCube Nurse Call Platform, specifically geared toward small skilled nursing and assisted living communities.
New GOJO SMARTLINK Service Alerts allow providers to reduce waste and maximize the efficiency of environmental service workers, according to results of a pilot project.
I've been thinking a lot about tires today. Mostly because I can. And because my brain hurts from pondering possible PPS changes, Ultra-High therapy billing, and whether peptide-hydrogel biomaterial helps heal chronic wounds.
If telehealth is the future, Signature HealthCARE of Fentress County is already in the time machine.
An iPad-based game connecting seniors with walking is showing promise and being evaluated for a larger community trial, according to a feasibility study.
NORTH DAKOTA — The state's 80 senior care centers faced a difficult choice when they agreed with a proposed 5% surcharge on the services they provide. In the end, it was either accept the fee or make deep staffing cuts to stay open.
Steve Fromm's journey to long-term care administrator and board chairman of the American College of Health Care Administrators is one that has crisscrossed oceans and states.
A recent analysis shines a positive light on value-based care models such as federal hip and knee replacement bundled payment programs.
The Government Accountability Office recently issued a pair of reports within days of one another critical of how the Medicaid program gathers data and screens its provider participants.
What do we need to do to prepare for the new regulations and survey process?
President Donald Trump's executive order in January aimed at curtailing immigration raised red flags for at least two medical associations specializing in eldercare.
Congressional Republicans met in mid-February to try to discern new details of replacement provisions for the Affordable Care Act, but various questions including about the future of Medicaid, remained unanswered at press time.
Q: What's changed with regard to movie licensing in long-term care?
A U.S. District Court judge accepted the Department of Health and Human Services' plan to better explain grounds of the historic Jimmo settlement — with a few added tweaks of her own.
Long-term care providers are "gravely concerned" over the recent publication of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule for nursing homes, LeadingAge said in late January.
A new treatment regimen for congestive heart failure patients in skilled nursing facilities reduced hospital admissions from 31% to 7% over seven months.
More seniors are taking three or more medicines that affect the brain, according to new research.
The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments in late February in a nursing home arbitration lawsuit that could alter the industry's future, close observers said.
In a possible sign of what providers might be able to expect regarding Medicaid funding changes, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said in late January that moving to block grants would "really cut out the fraud, waste and abuse," and that beneficiaries would "get the help directly."
Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said during her Feb. 16 confirmation hearing that tackling healthcare fraud would be a "top priority" should she get the job.
Dr. Tom Price recently became Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Long-term care operators should cast a wary eye for two reasons: Medicaid and Medicare.
Frontline workers often are the first to notice dementia patients' pain and detect changes in their behavior, but a new study finds long-term care and hospice facilities need to do more to include them in end-of-life treatment.
Reviewers of four trials often used to support mandatory flu vaccination policies for long-term care workers say the benefits were overstated. But the lead researcher still says he recommends vaccination for healthcare workers.
Some nurses struggle with critical clinical thinking, especially my newer nurses. The clinical orientation process mainly focuses on teaching how to document and reviews core competencies. What can I do to help increase their critical thinking skills?
Employers may face "significant challenges" in 2017 related to workers bringing class-action lawsuits against them.
President Donald Trump's nominee for Supreme Court Justice recently sided with providers against federal agencies, a fact that should provoke joy in long-term care circles, according to observers.
Will President Trump's "repeal and replace" Obamacare campaign pledge impact or modify value-based contracting?
Information technology evaluation and selection can be intimidating. But as seasoned IT professionals advise, a thorough and thoughtful process — from developing a roadmap to vetting prospective partners — can make just about anyone into a savvy shopper.
Curbing incontinence requires more than theories or formulas; providers find answers to some of their toughest problems by using both head and heart
There are many ways to improve efficiency, keep staff happy and save money in the laundry room. Providers just have to look for them — and read this article
A 60-year-old property sorely needed an upgrade and now has a resident-friendly layout that offers convenience and comfort.
Long-term care transactions had the largest deal volume and value of any healthcare sector last year, according to a recent report.
Two of the country's largest post-acute care providers are joining forces in an effort to improve quality and care transitions.
President Donald Trump was in two places at one time on Jan. 20 — his inauguration in Washington, D.C., and The Summit at Plantsville in Plantsville, CT.
"A week before, I am focused on tying up loose ends, and I delegate things I know are coming so when I get back, they'll be finished. It clears my mind before I leave, so nothing is pressing."
I have to admit it: My love for the game of golf has waned lately. My fascination with it started as a young boy, watching my father pick up the game in middle age after successful athletic runs with football, track, softball and other activities.
Skilled nursing chain Consulate Health Care has been hit with a $347 million judgment in a whistleblower case alleging that it routinely submitted false Medicare and Medicaid claims.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act audits may soon shift from focusing on provider education to enforcement, some experts shared this week.
A new charitable organization has been established to fund scholarships and academic research grants in the field of long-term care nursing.
Panel approval paves way for full Senate vote on CMS nominee ... High-dose flu shot cut seniors' risk of death in severe flu season ... HR director for CCRC pleads guilty to embezzling more than $700,000
The owner of a Texas hospice company who allegedly encouraged employees to overdose patients for monetary gain is among 16 individuals charged for their alleged roles in a $60 million Medicare fraud scheme.
Residents and staff of an Illinois county-run nursing home are safe after the facility was hit by a tornado on Tuesday.
The South Carolina health department acknowledged to McKnight's on Tuesday that it was compensating nursing homes for excessive delays by the state in processing Medicaid applications.
Trump picks Pence ally as Medicaid head ... Nearly half of nurses considering leaving profession, survey finds ... SNF fined $10,000 after resident beaten to death
New Hampshire ranked as the state with the fewest skilled nursing facilities to receive citations in 2014, according to data published Tuesday.