Occupancy levels in skilled care settings dropped to a five-year low of 81.6% in the third quarter, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.
A growing number of hospitals have found a novel way to reduce readmission rates: insist that patients are sicker than they really are.
At the end of their lives, AfricanAmericans are more likely to have been admitted to a hospital, land in the ER and discontinue hospice care.
Living longer may be correlated to optimism, stubbornness and bonds with family, religion and land, according to a new study.
Long-term care providers have 18 months to adapt to some of the Phase 2 requirements of participation without facing penalties, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.
Just before tax-reform victory in December, House GOP leaders said their next target would be "entitlement reform" that trims outlays for the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs.
Are nursing homes fudging their staffing and quality numbers to obtain more favorable Five-Star ratings?
Nonprofit providers could be ravaged by a Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress, industry leaders said in November.
President Donald Trump chose a former pharmaceutical company executive in mid-November to take over as the nation's top health official.
Medicare payments would decrease for for-profit and freestanding providers under a proposal being considered by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission designed to accelerate reimbursement adjustments.
A vaccine that combines genes from four strains of influenza may one day serve as a universal flu shot, researchers said in November.
The American College of Health Care Administrators announced 37-year long-term care veteran Bill McGinley, CNHA, CALA, CAS, FACHCA, as its new president and CEO last month.
The latest tension between employee privacy and staffing procedures is embodied in an Illinois long-term care employee suing his workplace over twice-a-day required fingerprint scans.
Two dozen senators made what amounted to a last-ditch effort to get implementation of Phase 2 of the Requirements of Participation delayed in late November.
The relationship between the federal government and states participating in the Medicaid program will be "reset" under Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Administrator Seema Verma's vision.
Although the Trump administration didn't like its predecessor's new threshold for determining overtime pay eligibility, it apparently is taking steps to raise the cut off point.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's proposed unified post-acute payment system is "unworkable as a foundation," the American Hospital Association said in September.
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 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.
Older people who take sleep medications for insomnia may be increasing their risk of falls, according to new research from Penn State investigators.
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.
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.
Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are seeing notable pay increases, but gender equity is lagging, according to a new survey.
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.
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.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has demanded information on nursing home abuse and neglect from the Department of Health and Human Services.
A potential hemorrhage of workers from the healthcare sector could be held off if a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals arises out of a deal between President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders.
The federal website that informs consumers about specific nursing homes has "considerable" knowledge gaps, a pair of prominent Harvard University researchers asserted recently.
A new tool has shown promise in predicting fracture risk among long-term care residents.
New research indicates almost half of nursing home residents had more than one multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) in or on them.
The next phases of the new requirements of participation should be delayed to relieve burden on providers, LeadingAge told lawmakers in late August.
Americans have a higher probability of needing skilled nursing care than previously thought, according to new research.
First, federal officials sought and received indictments of former top officers of American Senior Communities. Now, it's the company's turn to go after them.
A nursing home was fighting allegations it didn't have an evacuation plan in place during Hurricane Harvey.
As providers prepare for Phase 2 requirements under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' mega-rule, many are balancing how to stay compliant while affirming residents' rights.Attorney Sean Fahey, of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman P.C., will give guidance on this and more during the Quality session of the McKnight's Fall Online Expo.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposal in mid-August to cancel its Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation bundled payment models, citing a need for "greater flexibility" in designing new models.
Salaries for nursing home administrators jumped 3% over the past year, to a national average of $97,401, while directors of nursing realized a 2.6% increase, to an average of $89,902.
A North Carolina hospital will have to go to trial over claims that it fired at least three employees who refused a flu shot on religious grounds.
Seniors with vitamin D deficiency may face more than 12 times an increased risk of heart failure, according to a study published in August.
Low wages and a lack of respect for direct care workers are putting the long-term care industry on a dangerous path to worker shortages, a professor warned recently.
If they hadn't known well in advance it would be that small, providers probably wouldn't have been so gracious about a mere 1% increase in Medicare reimbursements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
There were surprises mixed with an utter lack of the unexpected in August when federal officials made bold moves away from certain mandatory care and payment models.
Hospital patients often don't receive quality information on skilled nursing facilities prior to their discharge and may choose a facility based on location, a new study shows.
When I teach my students, the first thing I tell them is there's a tremendous difference between academia and what you experience as an administrator on the job. Number one is dealing with people, meaning the residents, their families and staff. From a leadership perspective, you need to learn to be good listeners. That is a skill that is not taught, but great leaders are great listeners. Number two is factors they have no control over. They have to learn to be adaptable and flexible." — David Wolf, CNHA, CALA, CAS, FACHCA, Ph.D., Professor, Barry University, Delray Beach, FL
Recent regulatory and reimbursement changes led Symphony Post Acute Care Network to develop a "Super SNF" care model.
Providers averted potentially billions of dollars in Medicaid funding losses in July after a Senate GOP healthcare reform bill was pulled from consideration.
Penalties for the next phase of nursing home survey guidelines will be postponed a year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced June 30.
The average number of nursing home deficiencies has dropped, but staffing levels are lower than expert recommendations, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report.