Signature HealthCARE, the owner of 115 skilled nursing facilities, has agreed to pay $30 million to resolve allegations that it routinely placed residents at higher therapy levels to increase claims.
In 2014, the Ostego County nursing home had 298 employees. By 2016 — under new, private ownership — that number was down to 225, despite immediate jeopardy findings and plenty of other regulatory and staff warnings about quality of care.
A Muslim woman is suing a nursing home where she once worked, alleging a supervisor ordered her to remove her hijab, forcing her to choose between her job and her religion.
Researcher: More staff, training could reduce resident-on-resident deaths among dementia patients ... NY-based Centers Health Care makes new push into Midwest ... Nursing home residents with dementia choose fewer life-extending interventions after using planning video
Dressed for Success: Wound care dressing options have exploded, but deciding which material is best for which injury sometimes is an elusive quest for providers. No more.
Waste watching: When it comes to infection control measures in long-term care, medical waste disposal can't be taken lightly. But providers might actually be overdoing it.
The business of waste — specifically, the business of off-site management of hazardous and non-hazardous medical waste — is big.
We have a resident with a deep tissue injury (DTI) on the sacrum and now the center has an open area. Should we measure and describe just the open area?
I thought culturally competent care requirements weren't effective until Nov. 28, 2019, the Phase 3 deadline. Why are facilities getting cited now?
I recently attended a workshop that said that Phase 3 goes into effect this November. I thought it was November 2019. Which is right?
Some of our staff are super-diligent and work right through lunch breaks sometimes. Can we get in trouble with OSHA or other regulators if we stress to them to take their breaks but they still don't?
Harbour's Edge reinvests in property built in the 1980s to upgrade skilled nursing and rehabilitation segments.
There is a dizzying array of over-the-counter and prescription-strength medications designed to encourage sleep. What many providers don't fully realize, however, is these drugs are not meant as a long-term or permanent solution to conditions such as insomnia. Experts chime in on the risks, as well as proven alternatives.
We have a group of residents we are taking to visit a large garden near our facility for the day. Two of the residents attending have colostomies. Besides an extra colostomy bag/appliance, should I take any other supplies along with us to be prepared for leaks?
Shortly after her death in mid-April, the tributes to former First Lady Barbara Bush washed over the media landscape for a few news cycles. Then, unfortunately, they faded.
The Louisiana Department of Health has agreed to create a new plan for community-based mental health services after the U.S. Department of Justice argued the state's use of nursing homes to treat those with serious mental illness is a Civil Rights violation.
After falling victim to the 2008 recession and watching housing trends shift over the last decade, a Colorado developer now wants to make long-term care a big part of his 27-acre project.
A national aging services organization on Thursday launched a new campaign aimed at bringing a new generation of caregiving advocates into the fold.
FDA warns against Zylast antiseptic products, seeks to stop sales ... Tennessee orders $8,923 resident refunds after nursing home wrongly bills for covered haircuts and shampoos, fails to keep records ... Researchers: Black and Hispanic stroke survivors more prone to second attack
Approximately 20% of nursing home residents — more than 250,000 nationwide — are still receiving antipsychotic drugs as part of their long-term care treatment, according to an analysis of federal data released this week by a consumer advocacy group.
Between a 2015 spin off and the sale last year of almost all its remaining skilled nursing facilities, Ventas has just 1% of its business left in the segment.
Are people with diabetes more concerned with lowering their A1C levels or walking to the corner market? Would they rather see improvement in BMI or be able to spend more time with family members?
Welltower defends keeping HCR ManorCare management team, arguing execs had 'one hand tied behind its back' ... Nursing home cited, could face fines or staff charges for resident transport death ... Deaf Louisiana woman sues nursing home for not providing ASL interpreter, argues English in written documents was second language
Human and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday outlined critical areas of focus his agency will pursue as it ushers in value-based transformation and a new wave of graying Baby Boomers approaches retirement.
Skilled nursing providers should capitalize on larger senior living trends — including emerging technologies, business partnerships and recruitment strategies — to ensure their share of the marketplace moving forward, finds a new white paper published by CliftonLarsonAllen.
An administrative law judge has reduced a $1 million fine against Philadelphia's Springs at Watermark to just over $26,000, deciding the nursing home took appropriate preventive measures within three days of a patient escape.
New Medicare scorecard compares state efforts, but still lacks detail ... GAO: Soon-to-expand private program for VA patients has left them waiting months for care ... Most Florida nursing homes unprepared for hurricane season
A Medicare demonstration that requires healthcare providers to request pre-approval before prescribing medical devices such as powered wheelchairs will get new life this fall.
A judge has ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate an $80,000 wire transfer from a nursing home owner to a former state senator's construction company — money that allegedly moved just days after the lawmaker introduced an amendment to limit negligence claims in Arkansas.
Sabra wraps $174M in deals for 20 facilities in Indiana, New Hampshire and Florida ... Missed appeal could mean millions for nursing homes and a budget boondoggle for Rhode Island ... $17.5 million lawsuit alleges skilled nursing facility staff tied up, drugged resident ... Nursing home resident plummets to his death after escaping through unsecured window
The leading association for skilled nursing providers said Friday that a call by state officials to reinstate tough federal enforcement policies might undercut quality gains.
In-room nursing home cameras could soon be operating in a sixth state, thanks to the signature of Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D).
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) wants the Food and Drug Administration to get out of the way of a "right-to-try" signed into law by President Trump last week.
Second state adopts individual insurance mandate ... Kansas is last state in the nation to develop an Alzheimer's plan ... Most hospitals now require workers to get flu shots, but those treating vets lag
In a healthcare system that increasingly relies on hospital readmission rates as a quality indicator, a critical omission may be dramatically skewing the data, finds a study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
A new pilot being tested by the American Hospital Association in five U.S. health systems aims to create "age-friendly" care that focuses on safety, patient satisfaction and universal value.
A lengthy report by a Florida newspaper Thursday attempted to lift the veil on the inner workings of Consulate Health Care, the state's largest nursing home provider.
Preferred Care may settle False Claims cases to facilitate bankruptcy ... Ascension-owned St. Vincent's settles EEOC allegations after denying job transfer to worker who became disabled ... After years of trying, Virginia becomes 33rd state to expand Medicaid.
A federal judge has dismissed a nearly 3-year-old False Claims Act case against Trilogy Health Systems, but the whistleblower who made the original overbilling allegations will be allowed to pursue a related wrongful termination suit.
U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (D-PA), this week criticized the limitations of a new Medicare and Medicaid opioid prescription-monitoring program set to start next year.
Budget woes force closure of long-term care psychiatric hospital with 14 remaining patients. Where will they go?
A state-owned psychiatric hospital will close its long-term unit this summer, forcing state health officials to find new beds for 14 geriatric or brain-injured residents with long-term needs.
Local investigation finds majority of money-making nursing homes are poor in quality ... Hormone treatment may slow cognitive decline in post-menopausal women ... Study reveals small-scale dementia settings reduce burnout among nurses
Three floors of a Georgia hospital will be transformed into an 80-bed skilled nursing facility under a nearly $3 million plan approved by its board.
It's no shock that Alzheimer's diagnoses are expected to rocket upward over the coming decades — but researchers say one group will bear an unfair share of the burden and may be the least prepared to cope.
A contracted nurse practitioner has been charged after allegedly being caught on camera while sexually assaulting a resident of the Massachusetts nursing home where he was working.
Veterans Affairs' medical foster program keeping some vets out of nursing home ... Unlicensed doc perpetrated $9 million home health scheme over 5 years ... As healthcare dominates election cycle, Medicare buy-in at 55 gets another Democratic supporter
It's "all hands on deck" in Delaware, with officials estimating that more than 600 individuals may have been exposed to tuberculosis at one local long-term care facility.
An Arkansas judge has sided with a local nursing facility, which contends its former medical director may not piggy-back on the facility's ability to arbitrate legal claims.
Starting next month, providers will have a quicker option for resolving Medicare appeals disputes. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin offering streamlined settlements based on preliminary data.
Consumers join providers in ripping Pennsylvania's new long-term care program ... Court date set for woman who embezzled $300K from Texas skilled-care provider ... Kansas Medicaid contractor faces millions in potential fines.
Providers cheered the inclusion of long-term care and post-acute agreements in a major overhaul of veteran health care passed by the Senate this week.
Montana was hit with more than $277,000 in civil penalties after its Mental Health Nursing Care Center in Lewistown failed to meet federal documentation requirements related to mental illness care.
Medicaid beneficiaries who receive ICU care while hospitalized are more likely to die in the year after discharge than their peers on private insurance — and the disparity is worst among those with a critical illness who are discharged to a nursing home.
Former nursing home employee and shooting survivor charged with stealing residents' opioids ... With death rate up, U.S. life expectancy likely down again for 2017 ... Study shows in-home therapy, telemedicine effective for stroke rehab
Powerful House subcommittee opens arms to nursing home providers' suggestions for cutting 'administrative burdens'
Long-term care professionals took full advantage of an invitation to tell House leaders Tuesday how they could cut Medicare red tape and improve resident care.
CMS allows Maryland to roll out innovative all-payer model worth $1 billion at nursing homes, other settings
The continuation of Maryland's all-payer model will allow the system to move beyond hospital walls to change the financial landscape of nursing homes, mental health facilities and other institutions.
Officials say a resident at a New Hampshire nursing home sent an employee to the hospital by spraying her with a product usually reserved for combative bears.
Analysis: Reclassifying drugs led Medicare beneficiaries to pay more for generics ... Eight more patients sickened by recalled foaming wash alternative ... State report: Surveyors on scene the day of H.R. McMaster's fatal fall saw temporary nurses make errors
A bill introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Tuesday seeks more than $50 million annually to address workforce training, clinical staffing and support service issues across the U.S., as the nation prepares for the long-awaited "Silver Tsunami."
Once accused of defrauding Medicare of $14 million in false claims in a single year, a Florida hospice provider has agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve the allegations.
Residents of a Connecticut nursing home that is already facing bankruptcy watched Tuesday as federal agents raided the facility's administrative offices.
Lawsuit alleges nursing home responsible for resident's sun-exposure death ... California Attorney General appeals ruling overturning aid-in-dying law ... Efforts to improve troubled eldercare system left on the table
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that private-sector companies may force employees to individually arbitrate alleged violations of federal labor law, rather than allowing them to seek class-action remedies as a group.
Attorneys who investigate abuse and neglect at the nation's nursing homes say the Trump administration is blocking access to records and charging large fees when they do produce them, according to interviews, government correspondence and lawsuits cited by Law360.
A report issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should extend tests of a prior authorization program that have saved up to $1.9 billion.
Officials say headway made in extensive elder abuse investigation backlog ... Nursing home that had triple-murder reopens a year later ... Surgery causes hard-to-spot cognitive loss in some seniors
The 2018 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards, which is now open for entries, has doubled the number of award categories to better recognize organizations that harness technology to improve eldercare.
Employee compelled to testify in civil assault case against nursing home; leads to $7.5 million award
A Pennsylvania jury has awarded $7.5 million to the family of a dementia patient who was sexually assaulted by a fellow resident of her nursing home.
Two investors are suing an Illinois rabbi and investment firm head they say bilked them out of more than $20 million in a series of nursing home and retirement home deals.