A replacement payment system pitched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid last spring is no closer to being finalized or implemented, officials said during an Open Door Forum conference call Thursday.
The National Quality Forum on Thursday released a comprehensive guide to support safe and appropriate opioid prescribing practices and help manage patients' pain.
The director for New York's Cattaraugus County nursing homes has resigned, following his failure to notify county officials of a state death investigation.
Skilled nursing occupancy falls in Q4, despite dramatic flu season impact ... GAO: Home health providers have too much sway over which patient cases get reviewed ... 'Urgent' need for more research into better prognostic and treatment guides for patients with brain injuries
After winning a Bronze quality award in 2012 from the McKnight's Technology Awards, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in South Dakota has designed a new technology platform and found a green way to boost quality.
Providers celebrated the permanent repeal of Medicare Part B therapy limits when President Trump signed a new budget compromise Feb. 9.
Skilled nursing leaders criticized a Human Rights Watch report on antipsychotics in February.
Long-term care providers found little to like in President Donald Trump's proposed budget for 2019.
Providers will have ongoing access to all sessions at this month's 12th Annual McKnight's Online Expo for at least six months after the event, organizers confirmed during final preparations.
Providers knew that elimination of Medicare Part B therapy caps would likely come with significant side costs, but nobody wanted them this high.
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards announced it is creating a continuing education registry.
Nursing home founder's death leads to $140K fine.
Laundry may not be the sexiest of topics in long-term care, but it is nonetheless an important — albeit sometimes overlooked — element when it comes to design, safety, and infection control efforts.
Loss of control: Exploring the links between falls and incontinence can improve resident care, safety scores and provider risk ratings
Exploring the links between falls and incontinence brings connections that can improve resident care, safety scores and provider risk ratings.
Q: The United Church Homes has reduced antipsychotic medications dramatically since 2012. How did you accomplish that?
At a recent staff meeting, our medical director asked us to implement palliative wound care. What would that look like for a dying resident?
Residents who can't express their wishes about medical care can leave family members emotionally drained.
Patients discharged from skilled nursing facilities with functional limitations are at greater risk of being readmitted to a hospital with potentially preventable problems.
Our number of wounds has not changed, yet our wound care dressing expenses have gone up. How can I get them under control?
A technique being explored as a treatment for human wounds helped save the lives of three bears in California this winter.
Replacing a non-permeable, reusable pad with a disposable, high-fluid capacity one can reduce the number of incontinence-associated dermatitis cases and lessen their severity, according to research in Ostomy Wound Management.
I'm hearing about facilities going bankrupt and closing. As a director of nursing, what can I do to help manage my department's budget without degrading quality of care?
Working 12-hour shifts may have a positive effect on job satisfaction and allow nurses more flexibility to further their education, according to a study conducted in Pennsylvania.
What is the new RCS-1 payment system all about?
We've taken reasonable precautions, posted signs, added many hand sanitizers, urged hand washing or mask wearing by visitors, etc., but one of our residents got the flu. Now family members are trying to hold us legally responsible for his sickness and ultimate death. What more could we have done? Do we have anything to worry about?
An Illinois skilled nursing and rehab center was fined $25,000 after a certified nurse aide admitted to posting a partially nude photo of a resident on social media.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued a Nashville-based skilled nursing and rehabilitation company for refusing to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee who suffers from an anxiety disorder, and then ring the employee because of her disability.
Mobile technology, coupled with a plethora of "apps," is creating amazing opportunities for long-term care residents to connect with the outside world. Getting residents to embrace newer technology, however, can be a challenge. Experts advise how to acquire the right tech that's safe, useful and welcoming.
Telemedicine's value across the care continuum is clear, but adoption still lags, according to a report released in February by Sage Growth Partners, a healthcare research firm.
Some people sit down at the beginning of each year and make relatively ambitious goals.
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After setting records for five straight years, the average price per-bed for skilled nursing facilities plunged 18% in 2017, according to acquisition data published by Irving Levin Associates Wednesday.
The Council for Medicare Integrity this week asked Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to expand efforts to reduce improper Medicare billing as heading off some planned program cuts.
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a North Carolina nursing home, alleging the facility fired two pregnant employees rather than accommodate work restrictions ordered by their doctors.
Chicago home health owner sentenced to 18 months in cash-for-patients scheme ... Landmark trial shows opioids have no pain-relieving advantage ... Many Type 2 diabetics can relax their blood sugar control, doctors group says
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking skilled nursing facilities and other providers to help develop better quality measures — and the agency is earmarking $30 million to sweeten the deal.
A new website in the state of California is supposed to make it easier for residents to compare nursing homes. But industry advocates say it's doing more harm than good and should be taken down immediately, California Healthline reports.
The Justice Department is suing a Wisconsin nursing home, alleging that it discriminated against an employee by forcing her to get a flu shot.
Former long-time HHS exec Ruth Katz joins LeadingAge as senior vice president of public policy ... Nursing facility sued after family's hidden camera allegedly captures abuse by caretakers ... Trump Administration announces new initiative to put more data in residents' hands
Skilled nursing with a 'boutique' design style? A new continuing care retirement community believes this approach is long overdue.
New attendance records are expected to be set at the 12th Annual McKnight's Online Expo next week during the five-webinar virtual trade show.
Pouring over nearly 120 worldwide studies on fall-prevention technology, investigators found that the majority were tested in lab settings utilizing students, and some used mannequins to simulate falls. Zero, they said, tested fall tech with seniors in real-life environments.
The state of Iowa's watchdog for the elderly is coming under fire for allegedly failing to carry out her duties or make plans to do so, an extensive report in the Des Moines Register claimed Monday.
The worst of the flu season could be over, CDC says ... Michigan nursing home stops work on renovations after residents' families complain to lawmakers ... Excitement builds over potential 'exercise pill' for individuals who can't move
HCR ManorCare officials filed for bankruptcy Sunday, paving the way for a company-saving purchase by Quality Care Properties.
Starting later this month, Medicare contractors will have to use clinical judgment — rather than clock minutes — to deny inpatient rehab services.
Kansas employee's email blast wrongly reveals personal information of 11,000 aging services recipients
A now-fired staff member with Kansas' Department for Aging and Disability Services improperly disclosed personal information for 11,000 people in an email sent to multiple addresses, state officials acknowledged last week.
Police: Nurse shows up on day off to steal Fentanyl patches — off residents' bodies ... New intake system erasing Minnesota's backlog of 3,000-plus elder abuse reports ... Owner of Miami-area home health agencies gets 20 years for $66 million Medicare fraud conspiracy
Long-term care professionals in Minnesota are apologizing to the public this week, following abuse allegations against them in the Gopher State.
Two weeks after a dozen Senators expressed "deep concern" about the impact of delaying and reducing financial penalties against nursing homes, one of the profession's leading groups is firing back.
Hospitals have made much greater strides in cutting infection rates than their peers in the long-term care space and should work more closely with the latter to share know-how and better address the issues, experts said this week.
SNH says Five Star initiatives will address CCRC challenges ... Genesis sustains $1+ share price, regains compliance with the New York Stock Exchange ... Doctors struggling with ballooning elderly patient population in Cleveland area
A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Tuesday that would set a three-day initial prescribing limit on opioids for acute pain and increase recovery services and availability for addicts.
Tens of thousands of Medicaid enrollees are opting not to pay premiums In the five states that require them.
Experts criticize prevalence of costly operations in final year of life, tout decision-aids to reduce them
Decision aids being developed by many hospitals and health systems may help seniors choose not to have costly, invasive procedures that have been common in their final years.
Johns Hopkins: Common orthopaedic knee surgery does little to help seniors ... Getting flu vaccine cuts risk of death by half in people with heart failure ... Bigger allowance urged for nursing home residents in Georgia
The White House quietly reported last week that the kinds of regulations President Donald Trump has targeted for elimination actually saved the government 12 times as much as they cost.
A lengthy trial designed to optimize transfers from nursing homes reduced avoidable hospitalizations by 33%, researchers report.
Legal challenge to New Mexico's Medicare contractor selection tossed — for now ... CMS extends quality reporting exceptions for hurricane, wildfires ... After poor 2017 match, FDA reexamining flu vaccine for next season
The nation's highest court Monday took on a case that could weaken public unions' dues-collection efforts and ultimately limit their power.
Prosecutors, fearing nursing home's closure, won't pursue felony exploitation charges against its operator
An Iowa prosecutor is dropping felony charges against a nursing home operator accused of misusing cash from a resident's personal funds.
A bipartisan governors' group wants to improve care and reduce costs, using value-based payments and Medicaid innovations to make it happen.
ASCP names Worz new executive director and CEO ... Connecticut nursing home fined after resident violently beats another with wheelchair foot pedal ... GAO: State evaluations of Medicaid expansion programs are inadequate
Chief executives of multi-site long-term care organizations earned 4.98% more in base compensation in 2017 than the previous year, according to a new survey commissioned by LeadingAge.
The Pennsylvania Department of State has fined a nursing home operator $15,000, alleging that it misappropriated funds designated for a new Alzheimer's disease unit.
Providers taking part in a Medicare experiment saved money by funneling care away from skilled-nursing facilities and other settings, and toward physician services, according to a new analysis.
Medicare "coverage-for-all" proposal would include LTC services, provide seniors vision, dental and hearing coverage ...Harsh flu season hitting senior-living facilities hard — and more pain still to come ... Dementia increases risk of 30-day readmission to the hospital after discharge, new study shows
New Brookdale CEO talks turnaround after company rejects takeover bid ... Michigan healthcare worker with tuberculosis exposed up to 600 people at nursing home, hospitals ... Lawyers group says Pennsylvania dismisses too many nursing home complaints
Three nursing home employees accused of ignoring the pleas of a World War II veteran in respiratory distress have been charged in his 2014 death, a Georgia prosecutor announced this week.
The Missouri Senate has advanced a proposal to increase nursing home reimbursements.
A Texas nursing home has settled a lawsuit filed in the wake of a 2013 fertilizer explosion that leveled the facility and forced residents to evacuate.
A group of Democratic senators is asking the Department of Health and Human Services to reverse its stance on rolling back nursing home regulations.
A plan to downsize a Michigan nursing home that led to public outcry is on hold, according to the facility's CEO.
More than 300 healthcare workers have complained to the Health and Human Services Department about employers infringing on their religious or conscience rights, a monthly total that increased nearly tenfold.
Police charge patient who stole Oxycodone from nursing home med cart ... Bill to expand Georgia nurses' powers gets watered down ... Supreme Court lets stand differing opinions on data breach liability
Michigan is laying the groundwork to privatize its $2.8 billion Medicaid nursing home and long-term care services.
A drug approved for use in controlling hallucinations and delusions in Parkinson's patients showed mix results in a trial among Alzheimer's sufferers.
The state of New Mexico fired back this week against allegations that its selection of new contractors for the state's Medicaid program was sullied by a major conflict of interest.
Former resident sues nursing home after losing eye in roommate altercation ... Doctor moves into nursing home to launch his telemed start-up ... Common osteoarthritis drug doesn't outperform placebo
A janitor at a county-owned nursing home in upstate New York threatened to gun down two co-workers, the sheriff said Friday.
Previous controls have not done enough to reduce fraud and waste in connection to chiropractic care for Medicare patients, according to a review issued by a federal watchdog Friday.
In an announcement expected today, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether to accept a case that could narrow how "harm" is defined in data-breach cases.
Activist investor 'closely monitoring' Brookdale's strategic review process ... Federal legislation would make make it harder to file accessibility lawsuits ... Removing an enzyme leads to complete Alzheimer's reversal in mice
A healthcare provider in Owosso, MI, violated federal law by rescinding a job offer to a transcriptionist who wanted a religious accommodation to avoid a flu shot, the EEOC said in a lawsuit this week.
Fecal transplants should be considered for patients with recurrent cases of Clostridium difficile whose symptoms cannot be addressed by antibiotics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America said in new guidelines published Thursday.
Lawmakers took a long-standing industry complaint to the Department of Health and Human Services this week, telling Secretary Alex Azar that Medicare and Medicaid favor opioid prescription over non-addictive alternatives for treating chronic pain.
Family's in-room camera leads to elder abuse charges against two nursing home aides ... Pennsylvania aide, nursing student pleads in nursing home abuse case, drops plan to sue facility and college ... Latest review: Security gaps in Medicare Administrative Contractor IT systems up 8 percent