Vaccines with four times the antigen of standard flu vaccines significantly decrease the risk of respiratory and all-cause hospitalizations during flu season, according to the largest nursing home study conducted to date on the effect of a high dose flu vaccine.
More nonprofit senior living and care providers with multiple properties are adopting electronic health records than smaller nonprofit organizations, according to the results of a recent LeadingAge survey.
Hospitals' efforts to lower readmission rates didn't raise patients' post-discharge mortality rates, a new study shows.
Healthcare tech CEO sentenced to 10 years in prison for $49 million fraud scheme ... Male nurses earn an average of $5k more annually than female nurses ... 1 in 3 dementia cases can be thwarted by healthy lifestyle, study suggests
Reimbursement cuts are less than three months away for nursing homes that fail to submit required quality data, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services emphasized to providers in a new memo.
Accountable care organizations could have garnered $886 million in additional payments in 2015 if they took on greater financial risk, according to a new report.
A budget plan released Tuesday by House Republicans would cut close to $2 trillion from federal healthcare programs — but it's unlikely to get very far in the legislative process, observers say.
SNF nurse convicted of stealing drugs, forging documents to conceal crimes ... GAO calls for tougher action on MA audits ... OSHA to launch web-based workplace injury reporting form Aug. 1
A group of Ohio long-term care companies and two executives will pay about $19.5 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that were first brought by former employee whistleblowers.
Even as providers exhaled Tuesday following the death of a GOP's Better Care Reconciliation Act, Republicans began floating the idea of a direct repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
The family of a terminally ill woman has filed a lawsuit against a medical center and physicians they said consciously ignored California's End of Life Option Act.
Nurse service to pay $4.4 million to settle allegations it kept hundreds of disenrolled Medicaid beneficiaries on payment roster ... Almost half of Senators ask to discuss lower medical equipment rates again ... More than 30 new Alzheimer's drugs are in the last stage of clinical trials
Providers breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday morning following the death of the GOP healthcare bill, even as Republicans said they'd move forward with a straight repeal.
Providers must take a long look at their staff members' competencies and how they communicate with acute-care partners to survive amid a regulatory environment that's constantly ramping up pressure to improve quality, an expert said Monday.
The American College of Health Care Administrators has issued a firm policy statement that says that although nursing homes should be held accountable for certain misdeeds, individual nursing home administrators should not be held criminally, professional or personally liable for the actions of others.
Negligence led to the death of a nursing home resident in a whirlpool, the son of the resident has said in court documents.
Stressful life events and poverty associated with high rates of dementia in African-Americans ... Canadian nursing home deal poses questions about the role of Chinese influence ... The House will review Medicare fraud-fighting efforts after catching $1.3 billion in fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid billing
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released two proposals last week that may change where beneficiaries receive joint replacements, and how accountable care organizations deal with the agency's three-day stay rule waiver.
OIG: 90,000 Part D enrollees at 'serious risk' due to excessive opioids, prescribing patterns in question
Roughly half a million Medicare beneficiaries receive high amounts of opioids, with nearly 90,000 of those at "serious risk" from the medications, a federal watchdog warns.
Two owners of companies that provided psychological services to nursing homes across the Southeast were sentenced Thursday for their roles in a psychological testing scheme that bilked more than $25 million from Medicare.
Brookdale hit with class-action lawsuit claiming understaffing, ADA violations ... Medicare will be solvent until 2029, won't trigger IPAB cuts ... House committee approves bill to make special MA plans permanent for nursing home residents
The deadline for the 2017 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards has been extended two weeks until Friday, July 28.
Long-term care provider groups expressed disappointment Thursday, lamenting that a revised version of Senate Republicans' healthcare proposal maintained "draconian" provisions from its original iteration.
A podiatrist who allegedly inflated Medicare claims services provided to nursing home residents was named Thursday as part of the largest federal healthcare fraud takedown in U.S. history, involving roughly $1.3 billion in false billings.
Wife survives husband's nursing home murder-suicide attempt, he dies ... Sabra shareholders urged to reject Care Capital Properties deal ...Providers are increasingly moving to insurance industry, but conflict exists between staff and residents
Kindred Healthcare Inc. affiliate Gentiva allegedly billed Medicare for hospice services unnecessarily, according to a whistleblower lawsuit unsealed on Monday.
The occupancy rate for nursing care properties fell to 86.5% in the second quarter of 2017, down .7% from the first quarter, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care reported Wednesday.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hoping to even out the way civil monetary penalties are imposed via recently published revisions to its CMP Analytic Tool.
Two former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrators are urging lawmakers to cut Medicaid provisions from their current Affordable Care Act replacement bill, claiming such a move would allow for more bipartisan focus on changing the individual market.
Lawmakers to markup bill to boost Medicare Advantage plans for SNF residents ... CMS publishes technical, typographical corrections to final LTC rule ... Increase in SNF specialists small, but shows promise for residents' medical care, researchers say
The average number of deficiencies per nursing home has dropped in recent years, but staffing levels are still falling short of what some experts recommend, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
The number of Medicaid nursing home beds served could decline and some providers might start to refuse accepting Medicaid patients altogether if cuts proposed in the Senate healthcare bill occur, a coalition of aging organizations warned Tuesday.
Fired VA facility administrator sues for alleged sexual orientation discrimination, says he was 'scapegoat' for failures
The former administrator of a Pennsylvania veterans long-term care facility has sued the state's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, claiming he was fired from the position in part because he is gay.
$60 million lawsuit alleges memory care understaffing, false billing ... Early home health visits halve risk of hospital readmission following SNF discharge ... New bill would pay seniors to complete an advance directive ... Prescribing physical activity, addressing polypharmacy among AMDA's new frailty clinical practice guideline recommendations
The time for providers to submit their entries to the 2017 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards is winding down — submissions shall be in by the end of this Friday, July 14.
Older adults often feel rushed and unprepared when deciding on a skilled nursing facility to enter after hospitalization, a new study finds.
Mounting pressure on Republican lawmakers to pass their Affordable Care Act replacement may sweep other healthcare-related legislation under the rug, some observers say.
Nurse aiming to stop 'dirty little secret' of healthcare industry ... Focusing on inpatient care cheaper for hospitals that sending patients to SNFs, study shows ... Program to move residents home from SNFs could face cuts under GOP healthcare proposal
After posing as a registered nurse at five facilities even though she had no medical training, a Texas woman pleaded guilty in a federal court case last week to making false statements relating to healthcare.
Legislation that has earned provider praise for proposing limits to medical malpractice awards is unlikely to gather enough support to pass the Senate, say opponents of the bill.
Multiple hospice providers have agreed to pay millions of dollars to settle physician kickback and False Claims Act allegations, authorities said in separate announcements made Thursday.
Hospital clinicians' decisions on post-acute care may be rushed, study shows ... McConnell calls for bipartisan plan if GOP healthcare bill fails ... Falls associated with higher rate of adverse events than previously thought
A Missouri-based skilled nursing facility operator has agreed to pay nearly $8.4 million to settle claims that it provided unnecessary therapy to residents in an attempt to inflate its reimbursement, authorities announced Wednesday.
Nursing homes that received support in implementing a quality improvement program showed little change in hospitalization rates and emergency department visits compared to facilities that had no support, new research shows.
Texas long-term care providers will have a harder time avoiding fines and correcting serious deficiencies under a new law meant to crack down on repeat offenders.
More than half of special focus SNFs revert to 'dangerous' care ... AHCA/NCAL announces Silver National Quality Award winners ... Completion of end-of-life directives in U.S. inconsistent, varying in quality ... Resident info jeopardized in data security incident, facility reports
Provider groups are cheering a delay by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services on enforcement remedies for specific Phase 2 nursing home survey requirements.
Ohio Department of Health officials have received immunity from a federal civil rights lawsuit that was filed in response to a skilled nursing facility license revocation, according to court documents filed last week.
Two skilled nursing employees were credited this week with rushing into "heavy smoke conditions" and pulling two occupants to safety, according to local reports.
Illinois ordered to pay $586 million a month for Medicaid services owed ... Carolinas Healthcare System will pay $6.5 million to settle False Claims Act charges ... Oregon accused by providers of aggressively curbing nursing home beds
"Instead of taking one big vacation each year, I enjoy getting away for several long weekends — whether it's to a local destination or somewhere more exotic, like Puerto Rico. I also make it a priority in my day-to-day life to take time for myself since I know how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves as well. For me, that may mean going to the spa, playing sports or even just trying a new restaurant." — Debbie Harry-Miller, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Heritage Senior Living, West Allis, WI
What type of tissue is found in a pressure injury?
Using lights of varying wavelengths could help clinicians assess tissue damage with greater accuracy.
Researchers have confirmed the use of clostridial collagenase ointment in enzymatic debridement can help treat hard-to-heal diabetic foot ulcers.
For all the push for providers to move to electronic health records, the process of hiring and onboarding employees still often requires paper.
Relias Learning has bought Idaho-based WhiteCloud Analytics, the company announced in June.
Everyone's talking about Alternative Payment Models (APMs) these days. Providers. Consultants. Cab drivers. Baristas. Everyone.
The five years since Maryland-based Asbury Communities won a Silver Award in the McKnight's Technology Awards Program for its use of electronic health records software has meant more acceptance by employees, says Denise Scott, Director of Clinical Analytics Processes.
A program that allows consumers to develop and securely share their end-of-life plans with caregivers and healthcare providers is among the winners of the Department of Health and Human Services' "Move Health Data Forward Challenge."
Illinois must reprioritize payments in order to make a dent in its $2 billion backlog of bills owed to Medicaid providers, including long-term care operators, a federal judge ordered in June.
We're starting an antibiotic stewardship program at our facility and I was told that as the head nurse, I should be using our "antibiogram." I am not familiar with this — can you help?
Skilled nursing residents' family members may be the key to helping reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, according to a recent study.
A safety-focused program for skilled nursing facilities helped reduce the rate of catheter associated urinary tract infections by 54%.
Amanda Kistler is embarrassed to admit what first spiked her interest in nursing, but it's a story as charming as she is.
When does Phase 2 of the Requirements of Participation start and should we be concerned?
Federal lawmakers' advisory panel for Medicare made it official in its report to Congress in June: It recommends implementation of a unified post-acute payment system beginning in 2021 — three years earlier than first proposed.
The Minnesota Department of Health ruled against a provider recently in a closely watched case involving a surveillance camera in a resident room.
Q: How many seniors are estimated to have a mental health concern?
Providers who first thought they would be on uncommonly good footing with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House were stunned earlier this year when Medicaid reform was put on the table.
It was unclear at press time whether Senate Republicans could reach 50 votes needed for passage of a controversial healthcare bill that would involve deep long-term cuts to Medicaid.
An electronic health records vendor accused of paying kickbacks and selling its software even though it wasn't certified will pay $155 million to settle legal claims.
Ending nursing home certificate-of-need laws could spur innovation within the sector, one expert argued in a published journal piece in June.
McKnight's Long-Term Care News won four national awards at the 2017 American Society of Business Publication Editors competition.
Long-term care facilities were the largest single source of Legionnaires' disease cases in healthcare facilities in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If current trends continue, occupancy rates in skilled nursing facilities could be headed to new lows this year, said analysts from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published guidance in June in advance of its final emergency preparedness rule for providers.
The Trump administration announced that it was abandoning an Obama-era rule that would outlaw pre-dispute arbitration agreements, initiating a celebration by long-term care providers.
The long-term care sector is reeling a bit, thanks to two recent developments.
How can I simplify the policies and procedures at my facility to make them more user-friendly?
The best way to combat universal fatigue among nurses might be to grant them more control over their schedules.
Few will dispute the value of ensuring patients are optimally treated and attended to as they move across care settings.
What's needed for a vibrant compliance program in today's increasingly scrutinized legal climate?
A lawsuit alleging a New Jersey skilled nursing facility underpaid its certified nursing assistants for overtime and meal breaks may continue, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in May.
Long-term care pharmacy giant Omnicare agreed to pay a total of $31 million in May to settle allegations it submitted false claims and accepted kickbacks to promote certain drugs.
Providers are increasingly realizing they need to apply some of the "TLC" for residents to their hard-working staff, as well — or risk absenteeism and attrition. Experts offer valuable insights on how best to ensure employees are getting adequate care and attention.
Common area appearances are the valuable opportunity to entice and impress prospective clients and their family members both before and long after move-in
Age, health declines may lead to skin breakdowns, but judicious use of products paired with nutritional and incontinence interventions can lessen the pain
Transactions within the nursing care sector reached $500 million in the first quarter of 2017, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.
Care Capital Properties and Sabra Health Care REIT will join forces to create a "premier" healthcare real estate investment trust, the companies announced in May.
A long-overdue accolade
Make no mistake: Long-term care providers will take a victory wherever they can, and the Trump administration's move to rescind the Obama administration's ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements is a win with a capital "W."
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Friday it "has heard concerns" about requirements for Phase 2 survey guidelines and will be postponing enforcement penalties for another year.
Despite uncertainty surrounding the future of value-based care under President Donald Trump's administration, initiatives focused on tying payment to quality will continue full steam ahead, according to federal officials.
Federal officials' fight to enact an overtime rule that long-term care providers have dreaded won't be continued by the new administration, according to court documents filed Friday.
Clostridium difficile rates are dropping for the first time in a decade in healthcare settings, and it's likely due to better cleaning and antibiotic prescribing policies, authorities say.
As expected, Kindred announces deal to totally exit SNF business ... Bankruptcy issues and SNF provider agreements left in limbo after court ruling ... Senate health bill would slash Medicaid spending by 35% over two decades ... Chocolate may increase short-term cognitive function and decrease risk of brain decline
House-approved bill to limit malpractice awards will help LTC 'when we need it the most,' group says
House lawmakers voted on Wednesday to advance legislation that would place limits on awards and attorneys fees for medical malpractice cases — a move that would benefit the long-term care sector in today's turbulent healthcare climate, according to one provider group.
One third of nursing home residents suffer significant pain in the last six months of life, a new study has found.
Senate bill would increase state Medicaid spending by $565 million ... Former SNF manager charged with $50,000 theft from residents ... Even low levels of air pollution could increase risk of death for seniors
Federal HIPAA penalties have lurked in the wings for years, but now accused operators have state attorneys' general and plaintiff's attorneys to worry about.