Medicare skilled nursing facilities would get a net 1.2% pay increase — totaling $430 million — in fiscal 2016 under a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Thursday.
A Denver assisted living facility is being sued for allegedly discriminating against employees who immigrated from African countries.
Legislation that would allow for new changes to the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program was introduced in the House this week.
The final call is here: All entries for the 2015 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards must be in by 11:59 p.m. tonight.
Medicare Part D premiums to remain stable ... Seniors receive mental health prescriptions at twice the rate of others ... Insulin resistance may increase risk for Alzheimer's
Sunrise Senior Living Inc. will face trial on whether it can be held liable for the alleged negligence of its subsidiary.
Older men taking a particular group of commonly used medications have a higher risk of getting injured from a fall, according to a study published in the latest Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Providers must submit their 2015 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards applications by the extended deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday (July 31).
National Institutes of Health requests $1.06 billion for Alzheimer's research... Hospice owner given three years in prison for Medicare fraud... Seniors' coffee habits may increase cognitive impairment risk
The rapid growth of America's aging population will cause long-term care spending to continue to climb over the next 10 years, reaffirmed the latest Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service's National Health Expenditures report.
Legislation that would change the appointment of "observation status" for hospital patients was passed by the Senate on Tuesday, and will now be sent to the president to be signed into law.
Two Michigan home healthcare agency owners were convicted of various offenses for their participation in a $33 million Medicare fraud scheme, government officials announced.
New FDA-approved cholesterol drug costs $14,600 a year ... Data shows drastic decline in PA nursing home enforcement actions ... FL woman arrested for running unlicensed AL facility in her home
McKnight's Long-Term Care News earned two national awards at the 2015 American Society of Business Publication Editors awards presentation on Friday in New York.
Medicare beneficiaries who receive a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's could amass between $9,500 and $14,000 in additional medical costs each year until they are correctly diagnosed, according to a new study.
A majority of the jobs with both high annual pay and high job meaning are in the healthcare industry, according to an interactive chart from PayScale, a compensation data website.
Emergency transport times for stroke patients criticized ... AHCA/NCAL announces winners of 2015 LTC Awards ... Seniors who stop driving 'five times more likely' to be admitted to an LTC facility
Assisted living residents starting hospice care may be closer to death than people receiving the same care at home, new research has found.
Eye drops containing a natural chemical could help seniors avoid cataract surgery, according to new research
Two North Carolina senior living facilities have turned over surveillance footage of women dressed as nursing assistants and then stealing residents' jewelry, a local news station reported.
Jeb Bush wants to "phase out" Medicare ... Dementia risk may decrease by generation ... Pharmacy owner pleads guilty to assisting in $1.8M Medicare fraud
Nursing supervisors saw the largest boost in salary among nursing home employees this year.
Enrollment screenings for Medicare beneficiaries are weak, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to improve verifying provider practice locations and physician licensure statuses, according to a new federal report.
Hospital emergency departments need to improve their delirium detection, according to researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.
Seniors are retiring to states where marijuana is legal... Antibiotics may lower effect of popular blood thinners... Three new Alzheimer's drugs show promise
An Oklahoma nursing home can't appeal the termination of its Medicare and Medicaid provider services agreement without exhausting its administrative appeals, a federal court ruled this week.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association is advocating for a state bill that would require healthcare providers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence.
A city in Arizona has been named "Alzheimer's and dementia-friendly" by the White House, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.
The Board of Trustees for Medicare issues annual report ... Assisted living manager faces theft charges ... Pain assessment and management is crucial for SNF transition, researchers say ... Older Americans may face $140,000 in LTC costs
A Virginia long-term care provider reached a settlement this week after complaints that it discriminated against deaf relatives of one of its residents, the Department of Justice has announced.
Women with mild cognitive impairment that can lead to Alzheimer's disease appear to deteriorate faster than men, according to new research.
A gap in Colorado's assisted living regulations could be leaving smaller senior care facilities unregulated and uninspected, according to a report from The Coloradoan.
Helen Holt, eldercare pioneer, dies at 101 ... CMS announces participants in hospice Care Choices Model pilot... Family awarded $10.2 million in California damages lawsuit
Facilities that present binding arbitration agreements to residents must ensure the residents fully understand the agreement, according to a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Suicide risk among residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities is "substantial," according to a study published in the July issue of The American Journal of Public Health.
Over the next 25 years, more than 28 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's disease, and the cost of care will consume nearly 25% of Medicare spending.
Better sleep could ease pain among osteoarthritis patients ... Medicare celebrates 50 years ... Saliva test used to diagnose Alzheimer's
Nursing home regulation changes announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week includes a proposal that would require long-term care facilities to have an antibiotic stewardship program.
Sharing health information is a critical part of the decision-making process for elderly people and their friends and family, but it's not without consequences, a new study has found.
McKnight's Long-Term Care News received three regional awards at the American Society of Business Publication Editors (Azbee) Upper Midwest awards luncheon, held Friday in Rosemont, IL.
Healthcare workers may be biased regarding the sexual orientation of their patients, according to results of the first study to examine the issue.
Medicare, Medicaid popularity remain high, Kaiser survey finds ... DON sentenced to five years for failing to disclose $100K gift in bankruptcy filings .... County nursing home employees ponder future ...
A bill requiring Washington nursing homes to provide each resident with more than three hours of direct care per day was signed into law earlier this month, but a long-term care leader involved with the legislation says there's still work to be done.
Changes in nursing home ownership may cause patient-centered care to suffer, according to a study published in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy.
Continuing care retirement community CCRC executive directors — who saw only a modest 0.21% salary increase last year — gained an average of 3% this year, according to results of a new salary survey released Thursday.
Racial differences found in Alzheimer progression ... CMS releases star ratings comparing home health for first time ... House passes Medicare home-care demonstration bill
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Fraud Prevention System identified or prevented $820 million in improper payments in its first three years, the agency announced in a report.
Nearly 60% of Massachusetts nursing homes that say they can handle residents with dementia are misleading the public about the extent of their services.
Two nursing assistants have been arrested, and eight more fired, after hidden cameras allegedly revealed abuse at a Minnesota nursing home.
Former head of CMS, Marilyn Tavenner, will lead AHIP board of directors ... Granite acquires five SNFs for $90M ... OHSA updates inspection procedures to protect employees from tuberculosis
Surveyors scrutinizing database accuracy is "very new and very problematic" for facilities that may have inaccuracies, a leading payment expert said during a McKnight's Super Tuesday webinar.
A bipartisan group of U.S. senators sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office requesting a report on Medicaid oversight and quality of care in assisted living facilities, according to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
An Illinois rehabilitation and transitional care facility has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a disability discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The Department of Health and Human Services awarded $35.7 million to the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program to support quality care for older adults, Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Monday.
Infections with drug-resistant bacteria may be susceptible to antibiotics ... Rehab center resident dies from legionella infection ... Aging.gov launches as part of WHCOA
Individualized meal plans, antipsychotic use and staff training are among the hundreds of proposed changes to regulations released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday, which officials said they hope will "modernize" the long-term care industry.
New research shows improper use and lack of monitoring of popular blood thinners can put residents at risk for hospitalization, life-threatening injury and death.
A new system to help skilled nursing residents with swallowing disorders took the top honors at the LINK Innovation Competition Monday night.
Medicare fraud case could cost Alabama-based hospice company $202 million... House passes 21st Century Cures Bill... New Alzheimer's study reveals how spouse-caregivers sustain relationships
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plan to test bundled payments for hip and knee replacements could spell trouble for skilled nursing facilities, experts warn.
The deadline to participate in the 4th Annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards has been extended to the end of this month.
Privately run Medicare Advantage plans are plagued with widespread overcharging and billing errors, according to recently released government audits.
Federal health regulators are strengthening labels on popular pain relievers, warning users about short-term risk for heart-related problems.
New Jersey allocates $10M for nursing homes buffeted by Medicaid changes... AHCA/NCAL welcomes Slavitt CMS nomination... "Sandwich generation" concerned about own long-term care.
The AANAC has purchased assets of the AALTCN and its publisher the Health Education Network, a move that long-term nursing leaders say will combine the best of the organizations and strengthen the nursing profession.
All entries for the 2015 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards must be submitted by the end of today.
Long-term care organizations are applauding a proposal released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that would reimburse healthcare practitioners for discussing advance care planning with patients.
A therapist has been found guilty by a jury in the death of a nursing home resident in New York Wednesday, according to local reports.
GAO identifies four issues with Medicaid program ... Healthy diets for seniors may depend on gender ... False Claims Act ruling alters whistleblower standards
The quality of care in nursing homes with higher populations of racial minority residents has improved, according to a study.
A South Carolina skilled nursing facility fired an employee because of her disability and pregnancy, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A New York judge has ruled in favor of residents of an embattled assisted living facility who claim the facility's owner is forcing them out so he can convert the building into high-end condos.
Omnicare has announced it will settle with the Department of Justice in two federal suits accusing the pharmacy giant of taking kickbacks from Abbott Laboratories.
AANAC purchases assets of Nursing Association and publisher ... CNAs have lower care knowledge scores than LPNs, RNs and SWs: study ... AHCA awards Silver National Quality Award to 126 LTC organizations ... New project to improve nursing homes' HIE communications
American Baptist Homes of the West and be.group have announced they will merge next year to create one of the largest nonprofit senior living organizations in the country.
The newest version of the House's 21st Century Cures bill would expand civil monetary penalties to cover false claims related to contracts and grants funded by Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other programs within the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it will work with the American Medical Association to ease the transition to ICD-10, including a 12-month grace period when claims won't be denied for unintentional code errors.
Healthcare workers continue to work while sick, despite risks... Not all states reporting required Medicaid data... New blood pressure guidelines may lead to undertreatment of older adults... Nursing home worker charged with attempted rape of co-worker...
Value-based care and increased enrollment in Aetna's Medicare Advantage program figure to be two of the biggest winners thanks to the insurance giant's recently announced $37 billion acquisition of competitor Humana.
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are investigating why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has raised its Medicaid improper payment rate target for fiscal year 2015.
Extendicare has closed the $870 million sale of its U.S. operations to an investor group led by private equity firm Formation Capital LLC.
New bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes... Pennsylvania backs off plan to change nursing home payments... Researchers develop world's most sensitive test for infectious disease, superbugs... CMS announces new value-based home healthcare model...
It's an odd thing to see the king of the jungle become the hunted instead of the hunter. But that's what happened when CVS announced it was buying Omnicare.
As a little girl, Rhode Island resident Shirley Payne loved to be on the water.
NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc. closed on a $639.3 million portfolio of continuing care retirement communities in mid-June.
Edgewood Summit builds a new memory care addition in order to fully round out its healthcare mission for West Virginia residents.
Skin care and continence assessment are two of the most challenging sections of the Minimum Data Set. Here's how to generate positive outcomes
Not too hard, not too soft: Future selections for seniors will emphasize choice and style while embracing function to a higher degree than ever before, experts say
Few issues confronting long-term care administrators are more thoroughly vetted and researched than proper wound care techniques.
Our state is continually late with Medicaid reimbursements, for whatever reason. Can we sue to get some satisfaction? What can we do to help ourselves?
A Florida skilled nursing facility chain will pay $17 million to settle Medicare fraud allegations, the largest amount ever paid, according to the Department of Justice.
A ruling by the West Virginia Supreme Court as to which nursing home internal documents are fair game in lawsuits has providers around the country sitting up and taking notice.
Long-term care facilities all seem to do narcotic destruction a little differently. Could you tell me how to do it to make sure I protect myself?
The American Nurses Association recently announced its support for a bill that could require nursing homes to have a registered nurse on duty around the clock, every day of the week.
Workers whose hours fall outside of a traditional 9-to-5 schedule may be more susceptible to sleep- and weight-related health issues, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
When you provide long-term care services, lawsuits pretty much come with the territory.
Long-term care providers quickly fired back after a congressional advisory committee recommended no Medicare pay increase for the coming year.
In 15 years, at least 2.5 million more long-term care workers will be needed to keep pace with the resulting increase in caregiving demands, according to researchers at the University of California at San Francisco.
The Senate Finance Committee has approved legislation aimed at changing how questionable Medicare payments are handled by Recovery Audit Contractors.
Lack of sleep in old age may contribute to Alzheimer's disease, research suggests.