The U.S. Justice Department joined a False Claims Act lawsuit on Thursday that alleges a California-based hospital chain submitted more than $50 million in false Medicare claims and improperly admitted beneficiaries
An increasing number of people with chronic diseases is expected to create a major boost to the global skilled nursing care market, according to a recent report.
A certified nursing assistant was arrested this week for allegedly forging a certification that would allow her to work in New Jersey long-term care facilities.
Whistleblower case against Medtronic rolls on ... Massachusetts tops list of states with healthiest seniors, Mississippi ranks as worst ... Research advises against urine tests to measure dehydration in seniors
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking to cut the number of 30-day hospital readmissions by 12% over the next three years under a hospital improvement plan announced Wednesday.
A majority of states have failed to implement risk-based screenings for Medicaid providers, according to a recent report by the Office of Inspector General.
The American Health Care Association has met its goal of reducing antipsychotic use in its member facilities by 30% — and it's done it more than six months ahead of schedule, the group announced Wednesday.
AG investigating alleged mistreatment at veterans nursing home ... SNF resident wins $2.3 million in fall lawsuit ... Body's response to infections may contribute to Alzheimer's
Medicare's high rate of improper payments and problems weeding out ineligible providers came under fire Tuesday via federal reports and a House committee.
In an atypical twist on the normal, the annual American Health Care Association's congressional briefing on Tuesday did not feature an array of dire, sky-is-falling speakers. But it was punctuated with concern for an upcoming lame-duck session of Congress after the November election.
A skilled nursing facility won the right to refuse bargaining with its union after a court ruled employees made credible threats of violence during the 2013 union election.
Drunk man arrested for brandishing gun in CT nursing home ... CMS data may open nursing homes up to whistleblower suits ... Exec turnover in nonprofit organizations leaves "significant challenges" in its wake
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services FY 2016 to 2017 Nursing Home Action Plan laid out five strategies that will "guide" the CMS' Division of Nursing Homes in improving safety and quality throughout the nursing home industry. The plan was released Friday.
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.
HCP ignored billing fraud and misled investors about the performance of ManorCare, its skilled nursing portfolio, according to a class action lawsuit filed against the real estate giant earlier this month.
End-of-life discussions growing in wake of Medicare coverage ... Flu vaccine may lower dementia risk, hospitalizations in people with heart failure ... Arkansas governor signs Medicaid savings plan for nursing homes
Many Americans anticipate Medicare to cover their long-term care needs, including extended nursing home stays, according to the results of a survey released Thursday.
A resolution to withdraw the Department of Labor's controversial anti-union "persuader" rule was approved by a House committee last week, despite its slim chances of making it to President Barack Obama's desk.
Increasing the level of blood pressure therapy for older adults can reduce their risk of heart disease without raising fall risk, a new study has found.
CA court clears up liability issue with state's elder abuse law ... Man arrested after woman taken from nursing home found safe ... More than 200 hospitals file lawsuit protesting two-midnight rule rate cut
Individuals affiliated with fraudulent healthcare companies would face tougher government scrutiny under a bill introduced in the House on Tuesday.
Medicare's hospital readmission penalties could see changes based on socioeconomic factors under a bill proposed in the House on Wednesday.
Skilled nursing facilities' reluctance to admit transgender residents is poised to become a "national problem," according to a report published Thursday.
Arrest warrant issued in search for woman taken from nursing home ... Medical equipment suppliers contest CMS data on bidding program ... Research finds increased heart attack risk among antipsychotic users
The first updates to overtime pay regulations in 12 years will more than double the current salary threshold for overtime exemptions, the Department of Labor announced on Wednesday.
An estimated 8,600 skilled nursing facilities will participate in training for a non-discrimination rule finalized by the Department of Health and Human Services last week.
A former certified nursing assistant at a New York nursing home pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stealing a resident's credit cards and going on a $5,000 shopping spree.
LA bill to bring nursing homes into managed care dies in committee ... Seniors with 'packed' schedules less likely to have memory issues ... Doctors', families' expectations differ during end-of-life discussions
The family of a 77-year-old resident who died while living at a Colorado nursing home received $5.5 million in damages on Friday, in what was believed to be a record-setting verdict.
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.
Employers may offer employees and their spouses incentives for joining workplace wellness programs up to 30% of their individual "self-only" health coverage, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in final rules released Monday.
Oklahoma mulls Medicaid expansion in surprising twist ... ACHCA releases award winner list ... Tai chi may work better at reducing knee pain than physical therapy
Few accountable care organizations are lining up to waive the three-day stay requirement for skilled nursing facilities, causing some healthcare experts to wonder if the waiver is still relevant.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has temporarily halted audits of short-term hospitals admissions under the controversial two-midnight rule.
A former licensed practical nurse at a Louisiana veterans nursing home was arrested Monday on charges that she falsified records about a resident's death following a fall.
Billing investigations, Medicare Advantage prodding REITs' skilled nursing spinoffs ... Supreme Court returns contraceptive mandate case to lower courts for 'compromise' ... SNF resident falls out of second-story window, dies
The reported error rate for Medicare Fee-for-Service in fiscal year 2015 was 12.09%, well above the compliance threshold of 10%, a new government report finds.
Regulations under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act could create more challenges for long-term or terminally ill patients, eldercare advocates said last week.
An independent living resident became angry at staff and set the skilled nursing wing of her facility on fire, according to Illinois State Police.
Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act passes House ... Breast cancer drug found in study to reduce seizures ... Mayor's aide allegedly knew about nursing home deal
A recently passed labor rule aimed at making employers' disclose their use of anti-union "persuaders" is "unfair and unlawful" and should be nullified, a leading labor coalition said this week.
A transcription error at a Minnesota Golden Living facility led to a resident going without a blood-thinning medication for nine days and subsequently dying from a stroke, a state report finds.
A 2013 fire at a Texas fertilizer plant that nearly destroyed a nearby skilled nursing facility and killed a resident has been ruled an arson, federal officials announced Wednesday.
CCRC will pay $132,500 settlement for pregnancy discrimination case ... Stroke hospitalization rates for elderly see steep decline ... Judge halts shutdown of facility operated by troubled TN-based provider
Skilled nursing facilities will be required to electronically submit their workplace injury and illness data under a new final rule released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The former office manager and bookkeeper of a Missouri skilled nursing facility was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday for forging checks and stealing nearly $2,000 from resident trust funds.
A federal court dismissed a healthcare company's counterclaim against a former employee and False Claims Act whistleblower on Monday. The judge ruled that the whistleblower's disclosure of HIPAA-protected information was justified in filing his claim.
Yoga, meditation can help decrease dementia-related problems ... GAO: Improvements needed for veterans' Medicare Advantage payments ... Medical data called more valuable to hackers than credit cards
Fragmented databases are preventing states and Medicaid managed care plans from properly screening eligible providers, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office. The result is inconsistencies that allow providers ineligible to receive payments in some states receiving it in others, the report says.
The costs of semi-private and private nursing home rooms continued to climb from last year, insurance provider Genworth Financial said in a report released Tuesday, with a private room costing almost $8,000 a month.
A rule recently released by a little-known federal agency could set the stage for fraud penalties against healthcare providers to rise dramatically, according to some law experts.
Telemedicine use up among rural Medicare beneficiaries, study finds ... NY lawmaker returns campaign funds received from nursing home provider ... Electronic monitoring boosts healthcare worker hand washing compliance
Preliminary results of a survey of 36 large skilled nursing company CEOs paint a challenging picture for operators, who will either rise profitably from already strong positions, improve with proper initiatives or fail resoundingly, researchers said Monday.
HCP Inc. will spin off HCR ManorCare, its skilled nursing and assisted living portfolio, into an independent real estate investment trust, the company announced Monday.
Recovery audit contractors would be allowed to request additional documents from providers with high Medicare claim denial rates, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said last week.
In today's social media-minded culture, any advertiser worth their salt knows going viral equals gold. One Connecticut provider achieved that landmark thanks to a sexy billboard for its new all-female skilled nursing wing.
CMS' efforts to recover improper Medicare Advantage payments need improvement, GAO says ... Medicare Part D increases medication adherence, lowers blood pressure risk ... HHS announces contest to overhaul medical billing system
Complaints of nursing homes discharging residents who require higher levels of care in favor of less labor-intensive, more lucrative patients are on the rise, according to a new report published Friday by the Associated Press.
A former aide at a Pennsylvania nursing home charged with abuse last week had begun filing a defamation suit against the facility and its parent company in March, according to her attorney.
Two California doctors were convicted Thursday of lying about patients' terminally ill status in order to refer them to a hospice facility and submit roughly $8.8 million in fraudulent Medicare and Medi-Cal claims.
TN law allows medication aides to administer controlled substances ... CMS publishes final managed Medicaid overhaul rule ... Healthcare workers wash hands less than half of the times they should, CDC says
The use of hospice services doesn't increase care costs for long-stay nursing home residents in their last six months of life, according to a new analysis.
More than 100 frail prisoners would be released into Michigan's nursing homes annually under a bill passed by the state House on Wednesday.
Women over age 65 have a higher chance of being overprescribed medication than elderly men, according to a new study published Thursday.
Report: Healthcare quality on the rise, but care coordination, patient safety need improvements ... CMS mulls changes to controversial Part B drug rule ... Long-term warfarin use may up dementia risk in people with atrial fibrillation
Most stroke patients should go to inpatient rehab facilities, not nursing homes, heart/stroke association says
The majority of people recuperating from a stroke should be treated in an inpatient rehabilitation facility, rather than a nursing home, according to new recommendations from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Close to 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the United States aren't necessary, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.
A Virginia adult day center has agreed to pay $385,917 to settle allegations that it billed the state's Medicaid program for transportation services that were never provided, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
Medical errors rank as third-leading cause of U.S. deaths ... Colleagues' opinions, belief in efficacy influence healthcare workers' flu vaccine decisions ... Surgeon General calls for more physician training for opioid prescriptions
Nursing home residents who are admitted from hospitals have a higher risk of developing pressure ulcers than those who were transferred from the community, a new study confirms.
Documentation of pressure ulcer prevention measures by nursing home staff may be lacking, and not match the actual preventative measures taken, a new study suggests.
I recently admitted my first resident with a surgical incision with staples intact in a hip wound. Do you have tips on how to care for this wound?
A new platform seeks to link home care providers with senior living partners.
WoundRounds now allows wound care clinicians to use a built-in tool for scheduling Braden Risk Assessments as part of efforts to prevent pressure ulcers.
Hard as it seems to believe after 17 years of vocationally wedded bliss, there was a time when long-term care and I weren't together. It's sobering to consider.
As administrator George "Andy" Barker, MHA, trains new staff at Edgewood Summit in Charleston, WV, he has a secret weapon: CareClips TV.
Kicking a smoking habit can feel like a lonely endeavor, but researchers in California have found Twitter's social media platform can help build a community of successful quitters.
KANSAS — Kansas nursing home operators will receive help paying for residents whose Medicaid applications or renewals are stuck in processing limbo, state agencies announced in late March.
We are having an increase in the number of residents coming from the hospital with weight loss and wounds. We are doing our best to heal the wounds, but is there a calorie count recommended for residents with wounds?
Computer use and social activities like game-playing and crafting could help older adults reduce their risk of developing memory and thinking problems, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.
Nearly a quarter of hospital patients entered post-acute care facilities with a multi-drug-resistant organism on their hands, finds a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Studying Lithuanian was a large part of Ruta Kadonoff's Saturday mornings while growing up in Connecticut. One of three girls born to native Lithuanians, her parents left the country during World War II and immigrated to the U.S. from London in 1960.
In an effort to improve the use of medical treatments, a University of Pennsylvania Medical School professor is calling for more research to help doctors recognize and manage what some call a "therapeutic illusion."
Hospitals participating in a new Medicare bundled payment program for hip and knee replacements should partner with high quality post-acute care providers like nursing homes within the first 90 days following surgeries, a recent analysis by Avalere Health finds.
Can you explain the new MDS Section and assessment?
How are Recovery Audit Contractors misunderstood? With Kristin Walter, spokeswoman for Council for Medicare Integrity.
Employers will be required to report any anti-union and collective bargaining activity to employees under the final version of a "persuader" rule issued by the Department of Labor in late March.
Providers should be prepared for states with managed care programs to hit their Medicare Part A mix, a long-term care expert warned in April.
New HIPAA audits are focusing on healthcare providers as well as their business associates, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights.
The Department of Justice is forming 10 regional task forces to expose and improve nursing homes that are found to provide "grossly substandard" care.
A drop in body temperature may aggravate Alzheimer's symptoms, according to a new study.
Labels for certain opioid pain medications will soon be required to carry a warning about the drugs' risks of misuse and death, the Food and Drug Administration said in March.
A new release of data by federal regulators shows nursing home operators are improving.
Skilled nursing facilities moving into a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services model will need to reduce avoidable hospitalizations through intensive staff training and new treatments.
The government's ratings for nursing homes diverge wildly from consumers' personal ratings, new study results show.
Answer the following question: Have you spent more time today thinking about your legacy, or things that need to get done before quitting time? Be honest.
I've been hired at a long-term care facility as a care manager, and my entire background has been in case management from the acute care side. What in particular should I know about discharge planning?
The owner of a Texas hospice company is being investigated for allegedly encouraging employees to overdose patients and hasten their death to avoid the federal reimbursement cap for hospice stays.
A new, post-acute care nursing organization looks to bring a "fresh and proactive" approach to the field, its leader says.
There's a CNA in our building who is transitioning from male to female. We suspect this will make some residents uncomfortable. What should we do?