Republican Senators on Tuesday added a provision to their tax overhaul bill that would roll back the individual insurance mandate included in the Affordable Care Act.
A California long-term care facility is on the receiving end of a first-of-its-kind lawsuit from AARP. The seniors advocacy organization has accused the provider of "dumping" residents who require the most care and staff time.
A new type of antipsychotic pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration will be able to share information about when it was taken with patients and providers — but it comes with a warning for older patients with dementia.
Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid ... 97% of complaints against Minnesota nursing homes never investigated ... Majority of LTC facilities lacking data interoperability, market research firm says
The nation's largest long-term care provider associations expressed optimism Monday about their future collaborations with President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.
A program that placed administrators-in-training into the shoes of nursing home residents helped promote person-centered care, new research finds.
The results of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' program to reduce hospital readmissions are being called into question by two new studies — with one suggesting the initiative may have the "unintended consequence" of raising patient mortality rates.
Bill would make it easier for rural areas to build veterans nursing homes ... Florida nursing homes criticized for withholding emergency prep plans ... Coffee may help reduce risk of heart failure, stroke
Clinical nurse specialists in long-term care, and their managers, are encouraged to weigh in on what specific core competencies are needed for the job. The request comes from authors working on the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists' 2017 Draft CNS Core Competencies.
Genesis HealthCare hopes to return to form after restructuring some of its leases, according to an investor conference call last week, but the company said in a government filing that bankruptcy is not off the table.
President Donald Trump nominated Alex Azar as HHS Secretary Monday morning, tweeting that he "will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices!"
Ontario will spend $115M over three years for beds, increased staffing ... Sleep apnea, Alzheimer's linked ... Alabama CNA charged with sodomy of a resident
The Department of Justice on Wednesday filed a motion to drop a False Claims Act lawsuit it had joined against HCR ManorCare in 2015.
The American College of Health Care Administrators announced Wednesday that it has named Bill McGinley, CNHA, CALA, CAS, FACHCA, as its new president and CEO.
Nursing facilities ranked as the most injury- and illness-prone state-run workplace in 2016, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
New York joins OIG's list of states that failed to verify corrections of some nursing home deficiencies ... Genesis announces restructuring deal, possibility of filing for bankruptcy protection ... Trump expected to name ex-pharma exec as HHS Secretary
Women of color working in direct care roles at nursing homes are more likely to live in poverty and rely on public assistance, posing a major challenge in recruitment, a new report suggests.
The North Dakota hospital wrapped in a legal battle over one of the largest hepatitis C outbreaks in United States history has sued a public affairs firm for making false statements about its involvement.
The family of a resident who authorities say was sexually assaulted at her Rhode Island facility is suing Genesis Healthcare on the grounds it could have done more to prevent the crime.
Study suggests more effort needed to improve rehabilitation access for black seniors ... AHCA: Tax proposal's elimination of private activity bonds could threaten providers' investments ... Proposed 'bill of rights' for Florida LTC residents 'glaringly bad,' provider group says
The future of Medicaid will include a stronger focus on the relationship between the federal and state governments, as well fewer barriers to innovation within the program, the head of the program shared on Tuesday.
An Oklahoma-based home healthcare provider will have to return millions in overpayments to Medicare after a judge upheld the use of the controversial statistical sampling method in the case against it.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists will begin a search for a new executive director and CEO to lead the group beginning in 2018, current top executive Frank Grosso, RPh, has announced.
Hospice workers lagging at completing their own advance directives ... Aging population drove up U.S. health spending by nearly 12% ... Pennsylvania to push back switch to managed Medicaid for LTC for 1 year
Long-term care providers could see changes to their payment system as early as 2019 under an incremental transition period being considered by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
Life Care Centers of America will be implementing a new service animal policy across its more than 200 long-term care facilities following a settlement of service animal-related complaint, authorities announced Friday.
Top long-term care providers and other aging services entities will rise to new national prominence next September. That's when Fortune magazine will publish its first "Best Workplaces in Aging Services" list.
Petition calls for probe into governor's handling of Hollywood Hills deaths ... GAO requests increased Medicare oversight to reduce opioid risks ... House subcommittee to hear provider perspective during hearing on value-based pay
Patients who spend more than eight hours a day in a wheelchair have a far lower incidence of pressure ulcers when it is equipped with a single-compartment or multi-compartment air cushion using telescopic cells.
A new, semi-occlusive wound dressing that provides continuous delivery of topical healing agents shows promise in the treatment of chronic wounds that need steady treatment.
How can we make our skin integrity meetings proactive and prevent pressure injuries?
Medline Industries and Real Time Medical Systems announced a partnership in October geared to reducing hospital readmissions.
Dynarex, citing an increased demand from customers, has added new products to its Advanced Wound Care Line, including silver- and honey-based dressings.
It's your job to think about the future, so we definitely need to talk about drones in long-term care. Not the one who delivered that boring 100-slide PowerPoint at your last facility all-staff. I mean the kind that will soon fill the skies of the future like a swarm of ravenous grasshoppers.
The residents at Rosewood, a life plan community in Bakersfield, CA, break the stereotype that older adults aren't interested in technology — and they do it with an "incredible appetite" for learning new tech.
Heart failure patients whose conditions are monitored using a telemanagement system may be less likely to be readmitted to the hospital from a post-acute care facility, according to the results of a recent study.
LeadingAge Florida filed a legal challenge in late September over Gov. Rick Scott's (R) emergency mandate following Hurricane Irma. The provider organization is arguing the rule would "create an emergency rather than solve one."
Improved caregiver education can help residents maintain oral health over longer periods, according to research published in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology in September.
Nurses and others who screen hospital patients for delirium tend to disagree on the diagnosis, according to a longitudinal study of three centers in the Netherlands.
Some of my nurses believe that one way to assist with some UTI treatments is to increase fluids. What is your thought on increasing them?
Beta testing of standardized data elements for post-acute care will start this month in 14 geographic markets, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services withdrew a proposed rule in October originally aimed at ensuring rights for married same-sex couples in long-term care facilities.
Can you tell me more about the Facility Assessment that will be implemented in Phase 2 of the Rules of Participation?
Annual nursing home charges have continued to rise at a healthy clip, fueled by higher labor costs and federal rules that drive sicker patients downstream quicker.
The American Health Care Association and LeadingAge both urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this fall to push back the next phase of upcoming requirements of participation for long-term care providers. At production deadline it was unclear if they will have succeeded.
For providers that still have high rates of antipsychotics, there's a goal to decrease the rate by 15% by the end of 2019. Is this feasible?
Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are seeing notable pay increases, but gender equity is lagging, according to a new survey.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma and television personality Mehmet Oz, M.D., are rumored to be on a list of potential candidates to replace former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D.
A program meant to improve communication among nursing home staff didn't help reduce falls in facilities, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed.
Older people who take sleep medications for insomnia may be increasing their risk of falls, according to new research from Penn State investigators.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hoping that providers can add to their success when it comes to further lowering the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes.
Despite a push from the post-acute care industry to delay implementation of Phase 2 requirements of participation guidelines under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, providers at press time were still planning to be ready to go with them on Nov. 28.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's proposed unified post-acute payment system is "unworkable as a foundation," the American Hospital Association said in September.
Sabra Health Care REIT chairman and CEO Rick Matros recently tweaked more than a few noses when he made some rather disparaging remarks about the benefits of investing in large skilled-care companies. As he sees it, there pretty much are none.
The nursing profession could use an image boost, according to an analysis of videos in searches for "nurses" and "nursing" on the video-sharing website YouTube.
Nurses who regularly use bleach and other disinfectants on the job appear to have a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to research presented in September at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.
Is it true that during new survey process, surveyors will ask staff nurses and nursing assistants about their competencies, with questions such as, "Do you receive periodic evaluations on your skills, knowledge, and abilities? If so, how often?" "In what areas have you been assessed?" "In what areas do you believe you need more assistance or training?"
A Florida nursing home fired one of its nursing assistants in September after she requested help for the facility on Facebook in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
Two former caretakers at an Illinois long-term care facility have been charged with Class 3 felony counts of criminal neglect in the death of a 69-year-old resident with developmental disabilities, who was left in a van for several hours with outside temperatures above 90 degrees.
I read about a state supreme court upholding class-action status for a lawsuit alleging "chronic understaffing." How do we insulate ourselves from such allegations?
Upward mobility is a common interest among professionals, particularly in long-term care. How to achieve it, and market oneself properly for it, are important considerations that need a deft touch. Experts here offer advice on how long-term care pros can polish their resume and present themselves in the best light.
There's new thinking around the role that good nutrition plays in healing ulcers
Owners and operators of long-term care facilities can entice increasingly discerning financial partners into niche projects — if they go about it the right way
HCR ManorCare announced in late September that its long-time president and CEO, Paul Ormond, would step down after more than three decades at the company.
Instead of building mass by stringing together operators with national reach, skilled nursing operators and owners should instead concentrate on finding smaller, nimble partners.
An executive at Centers Health Care approached Gayle Kirschenbaum with an idea: Create a mini-horse therapy program in the company's long-term care facilities.
Whether you're Republican, Democrat or independent, you might do well to listen to Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker.
"At Levindale, to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, we light the menorah, community choirs sing, and we have intergenerational programs. Our residents show off their talents by playing Chanukah songs on the piano or playing the bells in the Bell Tones choir. Of course, we also have a Chanukah party with potato latkes (pancakes), reminiscing and more singing!"
A tax cuts bill released Thursday by House lawmakers could be "devastating" for long-term care providers, according to the nation's largest nonprofit provider group.
The Department of Justice will have to pay HCR ManorCare legal fees after a judge slammed its handling of a whistleblower case against the provider.
A Mississippi appeals court on Tuesday upheld a decision to dismiss a case against a Biloxi nursing home accused of negligence when a resident fell out of a wheelchair.
House votes to repeal Medicare payment panel ... RNs better than LPNs at identifying medication issues in nursing homes, study shows ... New Physician Fee Schedule will make it easier for ACOs to get 3-day skilled nursing waiver
Despite the closing of the official comment period, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said Thursday they will still accept feedback from providers on a proposal to replace the current skilled nursing therapy reimbursement method.
The CEO and chairman of Sabra Health Care REIT, Rick Matros, said Thursday he would have no issue with going through bankruptcy proceedings for tenant Signature Healthcare as a way to "cleanse" its balance sheet.
New research shows a vaccine combining genes from four strains of influenza may one day prevail as a universal flu shot.
Study finds no race-based differences in post-acute stroke rehab ... Embracing new images of seniors may help fight negative stereotypes, experts say ... Former SNF resident, 79, sentenced to 2 years in prison for sexual abuse against fellow resident
Employees in long-term care settings stay home while sick more often than their cohorts working in hospitals, but there's room for improvement across the healthcare industry, a new study finds.
Possible massive funding costs in the home healthcare sector could send more residents into institutional long-term care facilities — but that switch could mean higher costs for the Medicare program, experts warn.
The Department of Health and Human Services wants to hear from faith-based healthcare providers about any challenges or obstacles they face participating in federal healthcare programs, according to a recent notice.
Florida provider groups head back to court over generator rules ... Spirituality, personalized activities can boost residents' purpose in life, study finds... State attorneys to hit drugmakers over generic price fixing
While Steve Fleming refers to it as "a hobby that went out of control," he has no doubt that being a college football official has taught him great lessons.
NEW ORLEANS — With both electronic health record use and litigation on the rise in the long-term care space, providers need to understand how best to secure their data in order to avoid stepping into a "hornet's nest" of legal risk, experts stressed Tuesday.
President Donald Trump's administration will attempt to revisit an Obama-era law on overtime pay, the Department of Labor announced Monday.
The nation's largest for-profit hospice provider and its parent company have agreed to pay $75 million to settle allegations that it submitted false Medicare claims for hospice services, authorities said Monday.
Person-centered care creates more satisfied residents, study asserts ... Researchers working to create 'real-world' advance care planning system for SNFs ... Fifteen percent of U.S. providers earn 'Best Nursing Home' distinction
NEW ORLEANS — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new survey process for nursing homes will challenge the sector with a "learning curve," but providers can stay on top of it by utilizing the agency's training resources, one CMS official advised on Monday.
A New York-based healthcare system has agreed to pay $6 million to settle allegations that it submitted false Medicare and Medicaid claims for skilled nursing services, authorities announced on Friday.
Healthcare managers have a "big role" when it comes to the health and stress levels of the nurses they employ, according to the authors of a new study on stress in nursing. In particular, they lamented a lack of understanding or appreciation of burnout.
CMS announces second initiative to combat regulatory burden ... SNF sued over death of resident who caught fire while smoking ... Nearly 30% of healthcare payments now tied to alternative pay models
With just over one month to go before the regulations kick in, a group of senators has sent a letter to federal health officials asking for a delay of Phase 2 of the requirements of participation.
Less than half of the providers eligible to use the three-day hospital stay waiver through the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative actually utilize it, a new report shows.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) emergency mandates for generators in nursing homes and assisted living facilities was shut down Friday by an administrative law judge, who slammed the rules as "invalid exercises" of the governor's authority.
CMS kicks off initiative to let providers focus on patients, not paperwork ... CMS releases clarifications on immediate imposition of remedies, nurse aide training waivers ... Administrator 'not shocked' that NY woman missing for 42 years was found at his MA facility
A Minnesota-based healthcare provider that operates long-term care facilities, hospitals and clinics is on the receiving end of a lawsuit slamming its mandatory influenza vaccination policy.
The healthcare industry spends roughly $39 billion annually on regulatory compliance efforts, with post-acute care providers bearing the brunt, a new report shows.
Accountable care organizations participating in Medicare's Shared Savings and Pioneer models saved the program roughly $713 million last year — nearly double the amount of savings recorded in 2015.
House passes budget resolution with $1.3 trillion in healthcare cuts ... Outpatient antibiotic use, ER visits may raise risk for C. diff ... Missed visits, neglect common among hospice patients, investigation finds
Recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico have led to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wanting to boost its emergency preparedness plans nationwide for future natural disasters, an official with the agency said Tuesday.
Legislation that would make it easier for long-term care providers to enter into care agreements with the Department of Veterans Affairs was introduced in the House on Tuesday.
Budget cuts in Oklahoma may kill a program aimed at keeping seniors in their homes, resulting in up to 10,000 home care patients needing to move into nursing homes, according to local reports.