A Massachusetts skilled nursing facility was ordered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pay more than $100,000 in fines after a resident committed suicide in August.
Patients at rural hospitals are less likely to develop a healthcare-associated infection than those admitted to urban hospitals, according to a new federal report. It also found rural hospitals were making big strides in care coordination.
A group of Idaho nursing home residents are fighting back against recent newspaper reports that detailed alleged neglect and deficiencies at their facility.
Former MedPAC official: Feds should "hit the pause button" on new payment models ... CMS grants first-ever extension to comment period for Kentucky Medicaid waiver ... Chinese program turns abandoned buildings into nursing homes
Healthcare-related topics surfaced briefly during Wednesday's third and final presidential debate, sparking Affordable Care Act criticisms, assurances about medicare's solvency, and a "nasty" quote that has since taken the internet by storm.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has given preliminary approval to a waiver that will allow Washington health officials to revamp the state's Medicaid program.
The family of a resident who died following a stay at a Canadian nursing home is hoping others will join in a $200 million lawsuit against a provider.
CMS gives grants to projects tackling care transitions, anticoagulants ... Op-ed: Pay raise for Massachusetts nursing home workers "not enough" ... Medicaid expansion didn't reduce ER visits, study finds
A California-based healthcare provider has agreed to pay $2.14 million to settle allegations that it violated HIPAA when protected health information was made publicly accessible through online search engines, authorities announced Tuesday.
Providing nursing staff with tools to handle workplace stress and mistreatment from colleagues is important in retaining staff and maintaining quality, a new study shows.
The national hourly rate for physical therapists working in long-term care has increased more than therapists working in other settings, according to a new report.
Burwell, Slavitt among names discussed for Clinton White House ... Pay raises for aides may not benefit seniors who chose home care over SNFs ... OSHA issues recommendations for workplace safety programs
Tracking therapy minutes may become obsolete within the next few years as payment models shift to focus on patient characteristics, experts warned Tuesday.
The American Health Care Association will remain "incredibly vigilant" in advocating for providers' interests in the nation's capital through the upcoming election and lame duck session, officials shared on Tuesday.
Six New York nursing home workers have been arrested for allegedly stealing personal information, money and jewelry from residents in their facilities, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced.
Providers plead with feds for research funding ... Burden of HAIs more than flu, tuberculosis, AIDS combined ... LGBT seniors express concerns about traditional long-term care facilities
The American Health Care Association filed a lawsuit on Monday fighting back against the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' recently issued ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements in nursing homes.
The nation's largest skilled nursing pharmacy provider has agreed to pay $28 million to settle allegations that it received kickbacks to promote use of an anti-seizure medication to nursing home residents, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.
Skilled nursing providers may have to "teach" industry stakeholders about how recent changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System impacted their ratings in order to maintain successful network partnerships, one expert stressed on Monday.
AHCA/NCAL tout advocacy in the face of change ... Healthcare group calls for provider settlements to fight Medicare appeals backlog ... Former American Senior Communities execs plead not guilty in fraud scheme
A Massachusetts-based skilled nursing operator and its director of long-term care have agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve allegations that the company submitted inflated Medicare claims for therapy services.
Antidepressants may significantly disrupt older adults' sleep patterns and cause a disorder that can contribute to dementia, according to new research.
Electronic health records will face greater scrutiny under a final rule released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on Friday.
HCP spin-off of ManorCare portfolio expected to be final Oct. 31 ... HHS finalizes physician payment system ... New form of ibuprofen may provide faster pain relief, fewer side effects
A "misalignment" of healthcare quality measures may place a burden on providers and jeopardize the success of value-based payment methods, according to a new federal report.
Nearly every state is pushing to move more long-term care services to home or community-based settings as an effort to rein in Medicaid spending, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.
A Pennsylvania nursing home has reached a resolution with federal officials in a dispute over the facility's ability to provide a sign language interpreter for a prospective resident.
Medicare Advantage expected to reach record 18.5 million beneficiaries in 2017 ... Vaccine avoidance cost U.S. $9 billion in 2015 ... Nursing home resident won't be charged in fellow resident's beating death
The former chief executive officer of American Senior Communities and three others with ties to the company were arrested Wednesday and charged for their alleged roles in a $16 million healthcare fraud and kickback scheme.
A South Carolina skilled nursing facility is being investigated after one of its residents drowned just outside its doors during Hurricane Matthew.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking providers' comments on recently drafted functional outcomes quality measures for skilled nursing facilities.
Study on racial disparities in nursing homes expanding ... Researchers find way to reverse memory loss in mice, paving way for potential human treatment ... Inhaled version of popular drug shows promise for Parkinson's patients
An increasing number of nursing home residents with advanced dementia are put on mechanical ventilators when they're hospitalized, despite the fact that the treatment doesn't improve their chances of survival, a new study shows.
An Illinois nursing home fined $50,000 for a mechanical lift failure that reportedly caused a resident's death plans to fight back against the fine, according to local reports.
Patients' risk of contracting Clostridium difficile may increase if they're assigned to a bed where previous patients were given antibiotics, new research suggests.
Inaccurate patient identification imposes "significant" costs on LTC, groups say ... SNF blamed for death of resident burned on heating vent ... Columbia University receives CDC grant to study infection reporting in nursing homes
The financial savings generated by Medicare's Accountable Care Organizations are disappointing, and may signal the need for changes to the program, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission officials said last week.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released new data explaining how $15 billion on hospice care was spent in 2014.
A former resident of an Ohio skilled nursing facility pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week for raping a fellow resident.
Life Care Centers of America evacuates residents across state lines due to Hurricane Matthew ... Blood infection outbreak in LTC facilities blamed on contaminated syringes ... Frailty screenings may improve seniors' post-surgery outcomes ... Medicare improperly paid $35 million for prisoners, report finds
Some of the biggest differences between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed rules for long-term care providers and the final rule released late last month reflect providers' concerns, officials acknowledged on Thursday.
Skilled nursing facilities' expenditure data needs to be made more accessible to public stakeholders, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
Current policies on how intimate relationships should be handled in nursing home settings have "failed" residents and the public alike, according to research published Wednesday.
Lawmakers: CMS' anti-opioid abuse efforts underutilized ... Former nursing home DON convicted for stealing 1,800 Hydrocodone pills ... Positive relationships with co-workers lower burnout risk ... Women may mask early Alzheimer's with better verbal skills
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' expansion of mandatory bundled payment models is moving too rapidly to fully understand the impact the models could have on patients, provider groups are telling the agency.
The majority of hospital readmissions that occur after a patient has been out of the hospital for a week or longer are likely due to factors beyond the hospital's control, according to new research.
Employees who work night shifts have the highest risk of developing sleep-related problems, according to a first-of-its-kind study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nursing facility occupancy down slightly in third quarter of 2016 ... Provider group: PA's nursing home overhaul may clash with federal regulations ... FDA issues final rule to accelerate approval of generic drugs
A portion of a Pennsylvania nursing home chain's $2 million settlement will be used in the state's new plan to overhaul nursing home oversight, health officials announced Tuesday.
A Florida nursing home operator charged as the ringleader of a record-setting Medicare fraud scheme will continue to be held without bond, a federal judge said in a final ruling issued last week.
A Texas nursing home has been hit with a lawsuit from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after it allegedly fired an employee over his HIV-positive status.
Study finds differences in decisions made by Democratic, Republican doctors ... Doll therapy in facilities shows benefits but garners critics ... CA's largest nursing home provider blames marijuana industry for staffing shortage
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' mandatory payment models exceed the agency's authority and pose potential risks to older beneficiaries, House lawmakers say in a letter to federal health officials.
The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society has filed a lawsuit against one of Kansas' top health officials, claiming the state's Medicaid application backlog has put some of its residents in jeopardy.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to weigh on a case debating Medicare's controversial payment cap for hospice treatment.
1 in 10 stroke rehab interruptions preventable, study finds ... CNA sues care facility for alleged retaliation after sharing photo of resident's wound ... Report: "Alternative" strategies can help avoid hospitalizations for certain conditions
A lawsuit that accuses one of the nation's largest nursing facility operators of overbilling Medicare for unnecessary therapy services will proceed, a federal court has ruled, despite the company's push to have the suit dismissed.
Long-term care providers should stop telling staff to avoid taking photos, and instead create policies to make such images part of a medical record, an expert said Friday.
Pennsylvania nursing homes will be able to force survival claims from deceased residents' estates into arbitration, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Low-wage nursing home workers will get pay raise after all, MA governor says ... Feds give $347 million in grants to reduce hospital readmissions, infections ... OIG: Medicare did not follow procedures, improperly paid $9 million for illegal immigrants
A new 3-D wound measurement device was highly reliable when measuring a range of wound sizes and types, according to a study published in Wounds.
A bacteria- and fungi-binding mesh dressing should be a wound care layer of choice when chronic wounds are treated with negative pressure wound therapy.
What is the role of our clinicians in treating foot ulcers associated with a diagnosis of diabetes?
As expected, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice announced in August that it would make a significant equity investment alongside existing management in Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, were not disclosed.
Briggs Healthcare acquired SimpleLTC in August as part of a goal to help customers increase data analytics abilities, executives said.
Here's one thing baseball has taught me about long-term care—all financial problems would disappear if we priced our services like ballpark beer. But there's another lesson to be learned.
A generous donation a few years ago has made the Boston Home even more service-oriented for its residents. The gift? A 3-D printer.
An inexpensive yet effective tool for assessing walking difficulties in patients with multiple sclerosis may already be sitting in many living rooms, being used for interactive video game activities such as tennis and dancing.
Louisiana's long-term care community was not unscathed from flooding that hit in mid-August, leaving thousands homeless and wreaking the worst damage in the country since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
It seems like we are now making a bigger deal out of infections in the long-term post-acute care settings. How many infections occur in long-term post-acute care? What is the No. 1 infection, and who ultimately is in charge of the infection control program over the entire facility?
A highly specialized brain training technique reduced seniors' dementia risk by nearly 50% over a 10-year period.
A combination of treadmill therapy and virtual reality may help lower the risk of falls in seniors better than using a treadmill alone.
One thing is sure: Doug Burr has few peers, if any, in how he studies and calculates ways to better care for people, and get policy right.
A rule released earlier this year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services targeting overpayments may lead to an increase in cases involving the regulation, law experts say.
Before he exits the White House, President Barack Obama and his administration remain focused on adjusting Medicare reimbursements.
What should providers know about photos on social media?
A common painkiller associated with menstrual cramps could be a tool to reversing memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease, researchers assert.
More than 100 Medicare accountable care organizations qualified for shared savings payments in 2015 by meeting quality performance standards and hitting their savings threshold, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in August. The total cumulative savings for the federal government through the program is up to $1.29 billion.
Using social media applications like Facebook or Skype may help lessen depression, loneliness and other chronic illnesses in seniors, a recent study found.
People who survive a stroke have eight times the risk of developing depression than people without a history of stroke, a recent study found.
Maximum civil monetary penalties for skilled nursing providers will more than double under a final rule released by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It became effective Sept. 6.
Low wages and high injury risks may be driving up unfilled nursing assistant positions in nursing homes, according to a new report.
Providers who miss staffing data submission deadlines could be sanctioned — and see their Five-Star Nursing Quality Ratings suffer — federal officials said.
Ignore the white noise over whether Hillary or The Donald would be a worse presidential choice. There's a sleeper issue in next month's elections, and it just might have a major impact on your long-term care organization.
Prior experience in some health-related fields equates to higher wages for registered nurses who earn a bachelor of science in nursing.
As little as five hours of sleep deprivation can bring on the kind of physical changes that lead to memory loss, according to a study conducted in the Netherlands and Pennsylvania.
As a director of nursing, how often should I hold staff meetings with all of our nurses? What are MUST topics at these meetings?
Kentucky nursing home providers are feeling the negative effects of the state's strict rules on arbitration, a leading provider group told the U.S. Supreme Court in August.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services dropped the ball when it came to explaining maintenance therapy coverage under the landmark Jimmo case, according to a federal court.
Our administrator went to talk to an upset family member and got sucker-punched by another family member, knocking out one of the administrator's teeth. Employees can testify to the fact, but they seem neutralized by family members lying. How do we move the resident out?
State-of-the-art equipment and amenities attract growing legions of aging boomers to rehab. Where to put them all — the people and equipment, that is — is the challenge. Even with limited budgets and space, any facility can develop practical yet inviting spaces that restore physical function and health.
In the question of whether one lives to eat or eats to live, friends know that for me it's definitely the former. There is so much to enjoy about a great meal, a special treat, a family favorite or some new and interesting taste sensation!
'Getting ahead' has led to painkillers becoming long-term care's most vexing drug problem; addictions, overdependence cloud the newly restrictive picture
Success for long-term care safety and security systems depends on facilities' physical features as much as it does on the staff members who work in them
Full-scale cooperation among federal, state and local agencies brings badly needed new facility in Wisconsin lakeshore town
CareTrust REIT Inc. acquired a portfolio of two California skilled nursing facilities, along with two seniors housing properties, for $34.4 million, the company announced in August.
Sabra Health Care REIT is the latest in a string of real estate investment trusts looking to distance themselves from problematic skilled nursing portfolios.
As the Rio Olympics wrapped up in August, a group of New York nursing homes was in the middle of preparations for a competition all their own.
"Conflict resolution would be a big one. I have 300 employees and they don't always get along. It really depends on the situation, but it's usually employee to employee."
Long-term care providers and consumer advocates were able to celebrate a rare common victory over federal regulators in mid-August.