A family member must have an explicit right to waive a long-term care resident's right to a jury trial when signing an arbitration agreement, otherwise it cannot be enforced, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled.
Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) blasted the three-day hospital stay rule during comments to providers Thursday, insisting it would be better to let physicians admit residents directly to skilled care facilities. He spoke during the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care's annual meeting near Washington.
Mid-Atlantic Health Care has earned the Gold Award in the Quality category of McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards for creating its own data system to improve the quality of care provided in its facilities.
Residents at a California senior living facility are facing off with state wildlife officials over a wild duck they've raised as a pet for the past two years.
Resveratrol shows promise in Alzheimer's trials... ICD-10 progress report still weeks away, CMS says... Post-heart attack care, outcomes worse for women
The Medicare payment system for skilled nursing facilities needs to be re-evaluated to weed out exploitative providers, a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General says.
Technology upgrades across ABHOW's Rosewood Senior Living campus in Bakersfield, CA, helped make maintenance and transportation more efficient, plus boosted resident use of Internet applications.
The more a skilled nursing facility treats residents with hip fractures, the better it becomes at helping seniors transition back into the community, a new study has found.
Increasing calcium intake doesn't improve seniors' bone health... Antipsychotics increase risk of death in people with Parkinson's psychosis... FDA approves new laser-based hearing aid
Morning Pointe Assisted Living, which operates 24 assisted living and memory care communities in the Southeastern U.S., met the demand for better Alzheimer's care programs with the development of Meaningful Day, a structured enrichment program is built around residents' biological rhythms and predictability.
The former administrator of a Georgia nursing home was sentenced this week for stealing more than $300,000 in disability payments from a resident.
A bill championed by business groups, state regulators and the health insurance industry to keep the definition for small group health plans at 50 or fewer employees was passed by the House this week.
A Canadian nursing home is facing scrutiny for what officials say is a bird-brained plan for destroying resident records: sending them to a chicken farm.
Bright light therapy reduces depression, agitation in dementia patients... Health Care REIT becomes Welltower today... Stem cell trial shows promise for curing age-related blindness
Charles E. Smith Life Communities won the Gold Award in the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards in the Dignity category for its use of this interactive memory care.
More than half of the world's population of adults over the age of 65, around 300 million people, aren't able to receive the critical long-term care they need, according to a new report from the International Labour Organization.
A government complaint alleging HCR ManorCare overbilled Medicare for rehabilitation services is a viable cause of action under the False Claims Act, a judge has ruled.
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CMS announces new medication management model... Drug combo could help older adults with depression... Second-generation antipsychotics may work best for delirium
Colonial Park Care Center in Harrisburg, PA, uses the InTouch Telehealth Network to bring the expertise of physicians into its skilled nursing facility, helping to control costs and prevent avoidable hospital readmissions.
A possible government shutdown won't affect the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans for the October 1 transition to ICD-10, the agency said last week.
Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit to The Little Sisters of the Poor during his trip to Washington D.C. last week. He indicated his support to the nuns in their battle against a federal requirement to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees.
Veterans' home nurse arrested for oxycodone theft... Report: Aging America needs policy changes... Seniors who work are healthier than those who don't
Arbitration clauses inserted into nursing home admission contracts do not adequately protect residents' rights, and should be outright banned, senators urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a letter this week.
A 61-year-old resident of a Texas skilled nursing facility and her son died of gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide Thursday morning.
An Alabama man has been arrested after making threatening phone calls to the nursing home where his ex-girlfriend works and threatening staff, according to police.
Senior living titan Granger Cobb dies... Provider sued for pregnancy, disability discrimination... Hearing loss in seniors tied to earlier death... Frailty in older Americans varies by region, race
Massive insurance company mergers will help the healthcare industry move toward value-based pay, CEOs of two insurance companies on the brink of acquisition deals testified during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must rethink a section of the controversial two-midnight rule that would cut 0.2% from inpatient payments to hospitals, a federal judge ruled this week.
Fall prevention programs may help Medicare beneficiaries save money on hospitalizations and skilled nursing facility care, a new study has found.
One-tenth the needed physicians trained to care for aging population... Bill would create prizes for Alzheimer's research... Combining cough suppressants, heart medication eases Alzheimer's agitation
The family of a nursing home resident who died of injuries sustained in a fall can't invoke the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act when seeking damages, a court has ruled.
Adventist Health System has agreed to pay $118.7 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit that alleges the Florida-based company paid kickbacks to doctors in exchange for referrals.
A former employee of a Minneapolis nursing home pleaded guilty this week to charges that he raped a resident who suffered from dementia. He also agreed to an unusual settlement that would require him to pay $15 million to the victim's estate if he is convicted again.
Report: diagnostic errors need 'urgent' fix... MA publicizes names of facilities cited for misleading Alzheimer's ads... Existing arthritis drug helps fight Alzheimer's
After taking aim at "loopholes" and vulnerabilities in Medicaid, lawmakers have turned their attention to legislation designed to improve the program for beneficiaries.
Medicare Advantage enrollment is expected to increase next year for the sixth straight year, and grow to cover 32% of Medicare beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday.
The CEO of American Senior Communities has been fired in the wake of an FBI and IRS investigation targeting the company's headquarters and his home.
Continuing care retirement communities continue a stable rating outlook for the end of this year and through 2016, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings.
A New York nursing home administrator and former board chairman of the American College of Health Care Administrators was found not guilty of misdemeanor corruption charges on Thursday.
An umbrella organization for long-term care consumer groups is calling for tougher restrictions on nursing homes that it says are "chronic" violators of quality care standards.
State nursing home tax could raise private pay costs... Town wants 75% of businesses 'dementia friendly'... 'The View' invites nurses to be on show in light of controversy
Skilled nursing facilities should start submitting electronic staffing data Oct. 1 for the best results, federal officials said during a SNF Open Door Forum conference call Thursday.
A nursing home can't receive immunity from a wrongful death lawsuit because of its charitable status, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.
Healthcare personnel working in long-term care settings have the lowest rate of influenza vaccine coverage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.
Nursing homes testing six-hour work day... Link between stress, Alzheimer's found... Diabetes takes worse toll on women's hearts than men's
Massachusetts is taking its crusade against potentially misleading nursing home ads one step further, citing more than four dozen facilities for advertising dementia care when they don't technically offer it, according to the Boston Globe.
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has recommended the agency approve a new flu vaccine specifically designed to be more effective in patients over age 65.
FBI raid of nursing home exec likely linked to Medicare reimbursements... Three dementia patients sexually abused at SNF... Antibacterial handwash 'no better than plain soap'
Almost half of all Medicare accountable care organizations are costing the government more than originally estimated, according to a new report from Kaiser Health News.
Federal agents reportedly raided the Indianapolis headquarters of nursing home operator American Senior Communities, as well as the home of its CEO, on Tuesday, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Skilled nursing facilities need to improve their relationships with antibiotic experts and find leaders within to lead stewardship efforts, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resource released this week.
The Medicare Part D recovery audit contractor program has shown limited results and needs improvement, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
Hip-fracture surgery risk not due to age... Study finds decreasing rates of osteoporosis treatment... Daily vitamin D supplements ward off dementia
Legislation is needed to fix the "loopholes" in the Medicaid program that make it vulnerable to fraud and abuse, lawmakers maintain.
Three antibiotics previously thought to be useless against MRSA infections may be able to kill the pathogen when used together in humans, according to new research.
Cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's and diabetes rank as the most commonly diagnosed diseases among adult day center participants, according to a new long-term care study.
Fire chief, medics put on leave after nursing home death return to work... New tool shows "mismatch" between hospital services offered, aging patients' needs... Red wine can help slow onset of dementia...
The comment period on the 403-page long-term care regulation reform rule proposed in July has been reopened for an additional 30 days, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Friday.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission started work last week on creating a unified payment model that could change the way post-acute care providers receive Medicare reimbursements.
A former employee of an Arkansas nursing home was arrested last week on charges that she allegedly gave "substitute" drugs to residents and kept the prescribed medications for herself, according to the Arkansas Attorney General's office.
Resident, wife hurt when car crashes through nursing home... Hospice pays $1.5 million to settle false claims suit... High blood pressure study has 'potentially lifesaving' results
A new reporting tool from LeadingAge could help providers better understand the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Five-Star Quality Rating system, and improve their own quality of care.
An Alabama nursing home has settled a discrimination complaint after it allegedly fired a transgender woman, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A changing definition of a "small group" of employees under the Affordable Care Act could lead to higher health insurance premiums for small companies, including nursing homes, experts said recently.
Court: House Affordable Care Act lawsuit can move ahead... Delirium in older surgical patients can complicate recovery... Other people's flu vaccines can lower seniors' flu risk
A lawsuit against nursing home operator Golden Living has been expanded to include 11 additional facilities, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office announced this week.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposal to bundle payments for hip and knee replacements is "premature," according to comments from the American Health Care Association submitted to federal regulators.
Four state Medicaid programs have been approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to delay transitioning to direct ICD-10 code processing by the Oct. 1 deadline.
Maine has $4.4 million uncollected Medicaid overpayments to nursing homes... Researchers delve into Parkinson's-related memory problems... Study finds cause of, possible treatment for, age-related muscle loss
The third annual McKnight's Fall Online Expo is back today, with webinars by industry experts, continuing education credits and an virtual trade show exhibit hall.
A former employee of the nation's largest long-term care pharmacy doesn't have enough evidence to substantiate fraud allegations against the company, according to a recent court ruling.
A new action plan from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will aim to reduce healthcare disparities among Medicare beneficiaries in four years.
Lack of adherence to testing standards by electronic health record vendors could result in poor EHR usability, a new study has found.
AstraZeneca gets approval for longer use of blood thinner Brilinta... Half of U.S. adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes... 81% of major healthcare companies had a data breach in past two years
McKnight's 3rd Annual Online Expo will kick off tomorrow, with webinars hosted by industry experts addressing hot topics like technology, staffing and gearing up for changes in Medicare reimbursement.
A former resident of an Oregon nursing home is suing the facility for $9 million, claiming the facility's negligence of his catheter issues eventually led to his penis amputation.
The former director of nursing at an Alabama nursing home was arrested last Thursday on charges that she allegedly stole 1,800 hydrocodone pills from the facility.
Hospice chain settles $5.9 million Medicare overbilling suit... Glaucoma medication reminders may improve adherence... Court upholds overpayment ruling against hospice
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a tool to help long-term care providers address the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults.
The federal government announced it would reduce a proposed Medicare rate hike for next year. Skilled care operators will now see a $430 million increase rather than the $500 million that had been recommended.
Nursing home administrators are averaging $119,197 in annual salary, nearly a 2.5% increase over last year, according to the "Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report 2015-2016." Assistant administrators saw a 1.68% salary increase.
Skilled nursing facility admissions don't increase when Medicare Advantage plans waive the three-day stay rule, new research asserts.
Cholinesterase inhibitors, commonly used to treat dementia, could cause older adults to lose a "harmful" amount of weight, new research suggests.
Medicare just turned 50. Some are asking: Will improving choice and competition in Medicare Advantage keep the program going until 2030?
The expedited review process was developed so a resident could quickly appeal the process if he or she disagreed when a facility decided that a resident is no longer covered under skilled services.
Twelve percent of providers terminated from a state Medicaid program continued participating in other states, a new government study has found.
Skilled nursing facilities would become eligible for broadband services funding under a proposed Senate bill.
Skilled nursing facilities unable to provide data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new quality reporting program will have a 90-day window to request an exception or extension, officials said during a recent SNF Open Door Forum call.
At the end of February 1993, Tom Coble was working on offshore natural gas delivery in the Gulf of Mexico. By March 1, he was sitting behind a desk at a nursing home.
Access to veins can mean the difference between sending a resident back to the hospital and keeping him/her in the facility. Sending residents back to the hospital has negative implications for facilities, hospitals and patients.
About 23% of skilled nursing patients return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge due to moderate or severe pain, a recent study from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services shows.
Only about 30% of older Americans have control over their diabetes, the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found.
MINNESOTA — Differences in the quality of life between white and minority nursing home residents are emerging as more people of color move into long-term care, a new study has found.
With long-term care's need for automation growing, JMS Senior Living CEO Ben Scheulen thought it was time to update his company's paper-based system. It invested in American HealthTech in November.
A new device that uses holography to scan the insides of patients' mouths decreases the time needed to measure for dentures from days down to mere minutes.
Here's my naïve and rather radical gardening philosophy — it should be an act of joy, not stress or fear. But another striving human I know, along with a few people I've met in long-term care, seems to have a hard time embracing that viewpoint.
More than 28 different telehealth products are included in the Center for Aging Services Technologies' updated selection portfolio, including six new products.
New speech therapy options could help long-term care residents struggling with swallowing or aphasia.
The middle of July gave us quite a dose of ironic juxtaposition.