A pilot program to improve long-term care access and quality is among the healthcare proposals in President Barack Obama's $4.1 trillion budget plan for 2017.
American Health Care Association member facilities lowered their off-label use of antipsychotics nearly 30% over the past four years, the group announced Tuesday.
A bill approved Tuesday by the Council of the District of Columbia would require all healthcare professionals to receive training on health issues facing the LGBT community.
Brookdale mulls stock repurchasing... OMB clears way for Medicare overpayment rule passage ... Senate committee passes health IT overhaul bill
A California judge has ordered nursing home physicians to stop making end-of-life decisions and administering psychiatric drugs to residents deemed mentally incompetent.
Nursing home workers who are injured on the job are twice as likely to be fired within six months, according to new research.
Medicare patients who received hospice care in a nursing home setting were less likely to be visited by professional staff in the last two days of life, according to a new study.
Center for Medicare Advocacy concerned over chronic care proposal ... Program to cut back on ambulance fraud hurting patients, families say ... Prescription drug payment "donut hole" to be closed by 2020
Insurance provider Genworth Financial halted sales of its traditional life insurance and fixed annuity products in order to shift its focus to its struggling long-term care unit, the company announced Thursday.
Fines imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid on a skilled nursing facility that failed to report alleged abuse and neglect was "reasonable," a federal court ruled last week.
The former administrator of a Pennsylvania nursing home has pleaded not guilty to charges that he allegedly stole more than $10,000 from the facility.
Exposure to certain antibiotics linked to C. diff development... Death of nursing home resident pushed by fellow resident ruled a homicide... FDA releases opioid abuse action plan
Although providers are rightfully preoccupied with the requirements of the Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, they should also be paying attention to widespread changes in data standardization and exchange, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid officials emphasized Thursday.
A skilled labor shortage in the construction industry is forcing some contractors to be increasingly selective in the senior housing projects they take on, driving up construction costs in the process.
Healthcare providers should reach the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services' goal of having 30% of all Medicare payment be value-based by the end of this year, one CMS official shared Tuesday.
CMS post-acute data systems will shut down for 5 days in March ... Scabies discovery leads to probe at MA nursing home ... Flu may hit Super Bowl home-team fans harder
A new program for acute treatment of skin tears may help reduce wound healing times and healthcare costs.
Older diabetes patients who receive prolonged courses of antibiotics are at the highest risk of having infected diabetic foot ulcers, a new study shows.
I am treating a resident who is receiving palliative care with a Stage III pressure ulcer on the right trochanter and a Stage IV pressure ulcer on the sacrum. How should I treat these pressure ulcers?
naviHealth, an awardee convener under Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, has acquired RightCare Solutions Inc., which has developed a hospital discharge planning software system.
With pressure on continence care mounting for long-term care providers, Presbyterian Senior Living said it recently was able to cut its continence care product cost by more than 52% in just three months.
It's suddenly 2016, and I'm uneasy. Perhaps you know that vague apprehension. Like maybe you left your newly stocked phosphorescent med cart unlocked in the parking lot overnight, or ran off to work with the hot iron resting face down on a pile of tinder-dry copies of McKnight's.
By using Constant Care's CareConnection™ platform, certified nursing assistants at Kentwood Manor in Kentwood, LA, have been able to upload vital signs from residents automatically into electronic health records.
Previous research has shown that spending time together viewing art at a gallery can lead to cognitive improvements and enhanced quality of life among patients with dementia, as well as reduce caregiver burden.
NEW JERSEY — New Jersey provider organizations are raising concerns over a state bill that would create minimum staffing requirements for certified nursing assistants.
A review of prior studies found that nursing home patients, already prone to overactive bladder or urinary incontinence, are often given medications that exacerbate those conditions.
Patients with chronic respiratory disorders who received music therapy in conjunction with standard rehabilitation saw a marked improvement in symptoms, psychological wellbeing and quality of life, according to New York researchers.
As a new charge nurse, I hear the administrator and director of nursing talking more often recently about the Payroll Based Journaling and I need to know more about it. What's the overview?
Whether it's representing the American Health Care Association, Medicalodges, or another of his interests, there's a frequent comment about Fred Benjamin: "That man is everywhere."
Providers will face new rules in March that change the way they're reimbursed for certain types of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS).
Nursing homes were allowed a 30-day window last month to give the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services a piece of their mind about the way the agency certifies and tests electronic health record products.
he SNF Final Rule indicates that interoperability of data will be important. What do we need to do about this issue?
Despite showing general support, providers believe a recent discharge planning proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs additional clarification to it to ensure smooth patient transitions to post-acute care.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposal to limit the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements in skilled nursing facilities created the most angst for providers in 2015, according to the American Health Care Association's head of government affairs.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is making a push for better infection control in SNFs, but what's the concern?
Providers could be in store for a new, bigger wave of False Claims Act lawsuits, warn authors of a new report.
Providers looking for President Barack Obama to tackle long-term care and other health-related issues in his final State of the Union address were left disappointed.
Long-term use of opioids may trigger depression, a new study finds.
Despite previous studies highlighting the benefits of Vitamin D, too much could increase the risk of falls in seniors, per new research in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The occupancy rate for skilled nursing facilities fell 0.1% during the fourth quarter of 2015, according to data released in January by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.
Seven months after being surprised by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' release of a "mega rule," the nation's largest nursing home association said 2016 could be quiet on the policy front.
Reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions will become increasingly important for long-term care providers in the year ahead, warns Elaine Healy, M.D., medical director and vice president of medical affairs at New York's United Hebrew of New Rochelle.
Let's face it: None of us really wants to change. We sort of like ourselves the way we are.
More than a third of night-shift workers were involved in near-crashes in an after-work test drive, researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A comprehensive review of nursing homes nurses' perceptions about emergency room transfers shows nurses want more resources and more guidance to determine who goes and who stays.
What are good 2016 resolutions for nurses even if they're started late?
Even nuns are not safe from being victims of the "not in my backyard" syndrome.
A Pennsylvania court has ruled that individuals who have committed certain crimes cannot be banned from working in long-term care facilities. The ruling overturns a current law that "defies logic," according to judges on the case.
A former resident's family member is bad-mouthing us on social media and in the press. While it is likely driven by grief, most of the information is false. What can we do? What should we not do?
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have long been widely accepted by leading healthcare organizations as an effective method for disinfection. Experts here tell how to ensure staff members understand how and when to use them, as well as how to boost hand hygiene compliance.
Providers are looking for lessons how to bill therapy right and avoid the hot regulatory spotlight after the occurrence of numerous crackdowns
The long-term care profession wrestles with medication management challenges, including opioid abuse, polypharmacy and overdosing
If the top three points of emphasis for real estate are "location, location and location," The Residence at Cedar Dell certainly meets the criteria. Located in the coastal Massachusetts town of Dartmouth, the campus is close to the waterfront. Sea breezes add to an atmosphere of tranquility.
Mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare sector are set for a robust 2016, according to a new report.
Mid-Atlantic Health Care LLC has acquired a portfolio of four skilled nursing facilities that will spread its presence in Western Maryland.
Therapy animals and nursing homes seem to go hand in hand — or hand in paw. But a Utah veterans home has been making headlines for its practice of bringing some incredibly bouncy buddies into its halls.
"I no longer get old. I work with people 80, 90, 100 years old that are young at heart. It teaches you that you can have a vibrant and young perspective no matter what your age."
Think back to when you were 10 years old. You still had a big future ahead of you, but you had already seen a lot, you were on a roll and, wow, were you full of energy!
Early results of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' initiative to reduce hospitalizations among nursing home residents indicates a promising start to the program, CMS officials say.
A coming retirement wave among healthcare executives means organizations should focus on succession plans and incentive compensation, according to a new report.
Hypoglycemia and care transitions are among the topics in the first-ever guidelines relating to diabetes management in long-term care facilities.
A former employee of a Massachusetts nursing home will serve up to four years in jail for stealing $170,000 from resident accounts.
Medicare would pay more for telehealth services under new bill... New standard guides hazardous drug handling... Valium, Xanax won't increase seniors' dementia risk: study
It's not a prank: Thirteen nurses from a California nursing home were one number away from winning last month's record-setting $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot, but will still take home nearly $50,000 each. The news was confirmed by lottery officials.
Increasing Medicaid benefits for long-term services and making private long-term care insurance more attractive to consumers are among the changes proposed in a new plan for LTC financing.
A Minnesota county-owned nursing home, two administrators and an unidentified employee are being sued by the family of a former resident who say a lapse in care caused her aspiration and death.
AHCA urges Supreme Court to reject False Claims theory... New blood pressure guidelines dangerous for seniors, study says... Popular COPD drug criticized as ineffective
A set of proposed policies for chronic care may have "unintended consequences" on payment systems and create barriers to care coordination, say provider groups.
A federal jury has recommended the former operator of an Oklahoma nursing home pay nearly $1.6 million to two families who say that he dodged paying the damages last year.
A former receptionist for a New York nursing home is suing the provider for $1.2 million, claiming he was fired from his job for being gay and Hispanic.
LTC workers have highest risk of workplace injury ... Infections cause more emergency room visits for seniors than heart attacks and heart failure combined ... CMS extends comment period for PAC spending draft again
The Massachusetts nursing home industry has pledged to raise worker wages as part of receiving an extra $30 million in state funding — but union officials want assurance the funds will hit front-line workers.
Professional associations are pushing for the Supreme Court to reject a "one-size-fits-all" liability theory under the False Claims Act when the court reviews the issue this year.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering changing its evaluation of accountable care organizations to be based on regional spending fee-for-service costs.
New bill targets healthcare-associated infections... Too few seniors tell doctors about memory loss... Nursing home resident dies after being attacked by fellow resident
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's office may continue using private law firms in consumer protection lawsuits against nursing homes, a state court ruled earlier this month.
The family of a 73-year-old nursing home resident found near death in a garbage bin last week has now filed a lawsuit against the facility.
A South Carolina skilled nursing facility has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle claims that it fired a licensed practical nurse due to a disability that complicated her pregnancy.
Incontinence, depression medications may be overprescribed to residents with dementia ... Social worker charged with knocking down, kicking SNF resident on camera... New Medicaid rule: In-person physician visit required for home health services
The harshly criticized comment period for proposed Medicare post-acute spending measures has been extended through Friday, January 29.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $80,000 and improve one of its skilled nursing facilities to settle allegations of poor resident care.
A zinc supplement may help improve immunity for older adults living in nursing homes, according to a new study.
Healthcare mergers, acquisitions hit all-time highs in 2015... Depression, diabetes have "J-shaped" relationship... Task force urges depression screenings for all adults
Many states are finding the "nuts and bolts" of coordinating care for dual eligible beneficiaries to be more costly and time consuming than they anticipated, according to a new report.
Lack of communication about care transitions and limited health literacy are among the primary reasons minority patients are readmitted to the hospital, according to a new federal guide.
A $15 minimum wage could force New York nursing homes and other providers to close, and officials are asking the state for help.
Obama proposal would relax rules for small business 401(k) plans... Drunk visitor charged with sexually abusing nursing home resident... Little evidence exists on how to stop elder abuse, review finds
Family members aren't compelled to arbitrate wrongful death cases in Kentucky when the deceased person alone signed the agreement, a court of appeals has ruled.
There should not be any last-minute regulations in the last year of the Obama administration, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
A nurse who has been employed at a New York nursing home for six months fought her way on foot through a blizzard Saturday to make it to work.
MN reports positive difference after nursing home salary boost ... Fines, provisional licenses for nursing homes spiked in PA in 2015, report finds .... Widespread flu activity reported in MD, MA and NC
The development of Medicare cost measures for post-acute care is moving too quickly to account for the complex nature of the issues, worried provider groups say.
New York-based managed long-term care organization CenterLight Healthcare has agreed to pay $47 million to settle claims that it fraudulently enrolled more than 1,200 Medicaid beneficiaries in a managed care plan they didn't qualify for.
Authorities are investigating the death of a Michigan nursing home resident found dead in a garbage bin behind the facility last week.
Extendicare dodges looming proxy battle with board shakeup... Controversial Medicaid drug rule may save CMS $2.7 billion... Boston SNF closure beats deadline for increased sale scrutiny
A star-rating system and Interoperability improvements for electronic health records are among the proposals in a draft bill released Wednesday by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
A former certified nursing assistant was sentenced this week to five months in jail and five years of probation for the abuse of a nursing home resident that was captured by a hidden camera.
The number of American centenarians — people who live past 100 years old — has increased by 44% since 2000, according to federal health officials.
Blood test may predict when antibiotics won't help... Death risk for frail seniors increases after surgery... Pharma companies call for help in fight against 'superbugs'
A federal initiative that provides states with grants to implement background check programs is off to a sluggish start, according to a new government report.