The government's Recovery Audit Contractor program needs to be improved, asserts a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
A group of U.S. Senators is urging an outright ban of nursing home arbitration agreement clauses in pre-admission documents.
The government has renewed criticism of provider billing methods for therapy and says it will be re-evaluating the entire process.
Long-term care workers have the lowest rate of influenza vaccine coverage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.
Antipsychotic medications may help those over age 60 who have been diagnosed with depression, according to results of a clinical trial published in The Lancet.
Skilled nursing facilities should start submitting electronic staffing data as soon as possible for the best results, federal officials said during a September conference call.
It will be smooth sailing for continuing care retirement communities for the end of this year and through 2016, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings.
Residents should fully understand binding arbitration agreements, and know that they have the option to contact federal, state or local healthcare officials about them, according to a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living will soon face their "most formidable challenge of all," in delivering a proposal for payment reform to Congress, chairman of the AHCA board of governors Leonard Russ told attendees at the organization's annual convention in October in San Antonio.
LeadingAge gave the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services a long list of concerns with recently proposed regulator's reforms, a lead lobbyist said in an August letter.
In a move that top nursing home lobbyists privately hoped wouldn't come to pass, the Government Accountability Office announced in late August it will be investigating the federal nursing home rating system again.
A drop in occupancy rates and an increase in days cash-on-hand are among the findings in CliftonLarsonAllen's 30th Annual Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Comparison Report.
More than 30% of those over age 70 have memory problems, and a panel of aging experts said this population should have memory and reasoning ability evaluated annually by a healthcare provider.
Healthcare workers applying hand sanitizer miss their thumbs 37% of the time, according to new research.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will extend its initiative to improve care in nursing facilities, the agency announced in late August.
McKnight's recently unveiled a dedicated website just for senior living professionals: McKnightsSeniorLiving.com.
The Government Accountability Office is becoming well-versed at digging into the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' nursing home ratings system.
Medicare accountable care organizations saved the federal government more than $411 million in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
There's no doubt today's long-term care provider must be able to dance with managed care and accountable care organizations. But while many are proving they can tango with transitions or rumba with readmissions, some are still looking for acute care partners with similar rhythm.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a tool to help long-term care providers address the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults.
Cholinesterase inhibitors, commonly used to treat dementia, could cause older adults to lose a "harmful" amount of weight, new research suggests.
Skilled nursing facility admissions don't increase when Medicare Advantage plans waive the three-day stay rule, new research asserts.
Nursing home administrators are averaging $119,197 in annual salary, nearly a 2.5% increase over last year, according to the "Nursing Home Salary & Benefits Report 2015-2016." Assistant administrators saw a 1.68% salary increase.
The federal government announced it would reduce a proposed Medicare rate hike for next year. Skilled care operators will now see a $430 million increase rather than the $500 million that had been recommended.
Skilled nursing facilities unable to provide data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new quality reporting program will have a 90-day window to request an exception or extension, officials said during a recent SNF Open Door Forum call.
The Notice of Observation, Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE) will require hospitals to tell Medicare beneficiaries of their outpatient status within 36 hours, or, if sooner, upon discharge.
Antipsychotic use in long-stay nursing homes has decreased 21.7% over the past four years, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) is calling for the government to investigate Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Five-Star Quality Rating System.
Information technology and staff training are two key topics included in the proposed regulatory overhaul announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as part of the White House Conference on Aging in July.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials are finalizing details for three Medicare pilot programs set to begin this year, agency officials announced.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' "monumental" plan to test bundled payments for hip and knee replacements could spell trouble for skilled nursing facilities, experts warn.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has a new mission providers need to be keenly aware of, a prominent long-term care payment expert cautions.
Adults with frontotemporal dementia are at increased risk of seizures, per a study from the University of California, San Francisco.
A frequently prescribed diabetes drug may reduce the risk of older adults developing dementia, researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases found.
The Obama administration said it is seeking to "modernize" the long-term care profession through hundreds of pages of regulatory revisions it unveiled at the White House Conference on Aging in July.
A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal to reimburse practitioners for discussing advance care planning drew praise of long-term care medical directors in July.
The skilled care sector saw occupancy rates and bed supply dip slightly between March and June, new data shows.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found at least 2.5 million more long-term care workers will be needed by 2030 to keep pace with growing care demands.
The flu vaccination for the upcoming season is being tweaked for broader protection, due to last year's inconsistent coverage of influenza strains, U.S. health officials announced in June.
The Office of Inspector General will be taking a closer look at several important long-term care subject areas and practices, according to its Fiscal Year 2015 Mid-Year Update.
McKnight's Long-Term Care News has been recognized for its print magazine, columns and "McKnight's Daily Editors' Notes" in the 2015 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence program.
About one in four nursing home residents are carriers of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Lack of sleep in old age may contribute to Alzheimer's disease, research suggests.
The Senate Finance Committee has approved legislation aimed at changing how questionable Medicare payments are handled by Recovery Audit Contractors.
In 15 years, at least 2.5 million more long-term care workers will be needed to keep pace with the resulting increase in caregiving demands, according to researchers at the University of California at San Francisco.
Long-term care providers quickly fired back after a congressional advisory committee recommended no Medicare pay increase for the coming year.
The largest nursing home association in the country has announced a campaign to significantly reduce poor outcomes and hospital readmission rates, and tackle other quality improvement areas.
Aging services over the next decade should be looking at redefining age, improving practices, innovating solutions and transforming policy, the leader of a top senior care association declared in April.
Long-term care providers were among those cheering loudest when the Senate returned from its spring recess and promptly voted 92-8 to pass H.R. 2, ensuring that draconian Medicare pay rates for doctors wouldn't take hold.
Another May, another slew of awards for McKnight's Long-Term Care News.