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Lengthy hiring haunting applicant ranks

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The healthcare industry is projected to need 1 million new nurses within five years, but most settings are finding the wait between placing a help wanted ad and a hiring decision to be far too long.

MedPAC calls for pay freeze

MedPAC calls for pay freeze

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in December called for the elimination of market basket updates for skilled nursing operators in fiscal 2018 and 2019.

Providers say Price is right to lead HHS

Providers say Price is right to lead HHS

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Long-term care providers delivered ringing endorsements of President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

A 'satisfying' survey ahead?

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Changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes may be on the horizon under recommendations published by the Government Accountability Office in December.

Pressure sores rising in LTC

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Preventive policies are credited for lowering pressure injuries in hospitals by about half over the past decade, even as long-term care rates rose, a new analysis found.

Tubes seen as hindering care

Tubes seen as hindering care

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Many hospital patients are given a feeding tube in order to be discharged to a nursing home, but often it's without receiving a palliative care assessment first, a new study has found.

Employers get break from overtime rule

Employers get break from overtime rule

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Providers are cheering a federal judge's decision to grant a preliminary injunction in November against a rule that would have increased overtime pay eligibility.

Judge issues appeals decree

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The Department of Health and Human Services has four years to end an estimated 700,000 Medicare appeal backlog, a court ruled.

Trump's CMS pick can expect tough choices: predecessors

Trump's CMS pick can expect tough choices: predecessors

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President-elect Donald Trump's choice to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, was praised by providers. But she will face tough choices immediately, a previous CMS administrator predicted.

Nurse's online rant leads to guilty charge

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A Canadian nurse who posted on Facebook and Twitter about her frustrations over a relative's skilled nursing care has been found guilty of professional misconduct by a nursing organization.

OSHA seeks violence input

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Federal regulators are asking providers for thoughts on how to curb violence in healthcare workplaces.

Kindred quits: dumping SNFs

Kindred quits: dumping SNFs

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Kindred Healthcare Inc., which operated more than 200 nursing homes less than a decade ago, is pulling the plug on its skilled nursing facilities.

Trump card: ACA's future now in doubt

Trump card: ACA's future now in doubt

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While President-elect Donald J. Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, long-term care experts noted that coordinated care for seniors is likely to remain a priority under him.

Court rejects arbitration ban

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A federal court in November granted the American Health Care Association's request for an injunction of the ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements, despite believing the ban was "based upon sound public policy."

Deadly fungus starts spread

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Four hospital patients died after contacting a deadly, drug-resistant fungus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in early November.

Race can affect readmissions

Race can affect readmissions

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Older black adults were more likely to be readmitted to a hospital after an elective hip or knee replacement and are more adversely affected by insufficient hospital nurse staffing, a new study has found.

Brace for rehab pay shifts, expert warns

Brace for rehab pay shifts, expert warns

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Tracking therapy minutes may become a thing of the past within the next few years as payment models shift to focus on patient characteristics, experts warned during a conference in October.

Court to let nurses unionize

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A federal appeals court has denied review of a South Carolina nursing home's lawsuit against a group of nurses trying to unionize.

A GOP repeal of Obamacare may reprise fee-for-service

A GOP repeal of Obamacare may reprise fee-for-service

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With the White House, Senate and House of Representatives all in Republican control, long-term care providers should expect significant changes, experts said in November.

CMS: New survey merges two processes

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The new survey process for skilled nursing facilities is expected to be made more efficient by drawing on the strengths of two existing processes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said in October.

Records need photos: expert

Records need photos: expert

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Long-term care providers should use photography more often to document injuries, a forensic nursing expert told nursing leaders in October.

New final rule bans binding arbitration

New final rule bans binding arbitration

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Binding pre-dispute arbitration agreements have been banned under the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule for long-term care facilities, which was unveiled Sept. 28.

CMS shocker: Survey revamp

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A new survey process will start in November 2017 as part of the new final rule for nursing homes, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said in late September.

Falls top cause of injury, death

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Falls rank as the leading cause of injury and death for seniors, according to new data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Readmissions sink nationwide

Readmissions sink nationwide

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Thirty-day hospital readmission rates dropped in all states except Vermont between 2010 and 2015, according to data published recently by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Flu vaccination rates: staff up, seniors down

Flu vaccination rates: staff up, seniors down

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The rate at which nursing home staff are receiving flu shots is rising, but seniors are lagging, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kindred fined record $3 million

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Kindred Healthcare has been hit with a $3 million-plus penalty for failing to adhere to a federal corporate compliance program.

Provider groups say new ban on arbitration 'unnecessary'

Provider groups say new ban on arbitration 'unnecessary'

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services first major overhaul of long-term care regulations since 1991 garnered nearly 10,000 comments after its initial proposal.

LCCA settling statistical sampling case

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One of the biggest skilled nursing whistleblower lawsuits in recent years is being settled out of court, according to documents filed in September.

CMS: deliver data — or else

CMS: deliver data — or else

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Providers who miss staffing data submission deadlines could be sanctioned — and see their Five-Star Nursing Quality Ratings suffer — federal officials said.

Many aides leave for two obvious reasons

Many aides leave for two obvious reasons

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Low wages and high injury risks may be driving up unfilled nursing assistant positions in nursing homes, according to a new report.

Proposed regs increase fines

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Maximum civil monetary penalties for skilled nursing providers will more than double under a final rule released by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It became effective Sept. 6.

Stroke linked to depression

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People who survive a stroke have eight times the risk of developing depression than people without a history of stroke, a recent study found.

Social media a new medicine?

Social media a new medicine?

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Using social media applications like Facebook or Skype may help lessen depression, loneliness and other chronic illnesses in seniors, a recent study found.

Mature ACOs more likely to hit targets

Mature ACOs more likely to hit targets

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More than 100 Medicare accountable care organizations qualified for shared savings payments in 2015 by meeting quality performance standards and hitting their savings threshold, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in August. The total cumulative savings for the federal government through the program is up to $1.29 billion.

Painkiller slows memory loss

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A common painkiller associated with menstrual cramps could be a tool to reversing memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease, researchers assert.

As clock ticks, administration rushes to make late changes

As clock ticks, administration rushes to make late changes

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Before he exits the White House, President Barack Obama and his administration remain focused on adjusting Medicare reimbursements.

New rule fueling more false claims cases

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A rule released earlier this year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services targeting overpayments may lead to an increase in cases involving the regulation, law experts say.

Fall Expo back for fourth year

Fall Expo back for fourth year

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Long-term care providers can get up to date with the latest challenges, barriers and safe practices for health information technology when McKnight's Fall Online Expo returns for its fourth year.

Providers to receive 2.4% raise next year

Providers to receive 2.4% raise next year

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While providers cheered an estimated $920 million payment increase for fiscal 2017, they also resigned themselves to preparing for four new quality measures.

Admins, DONs see pay jumps

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Salaries for nursing home administrators spiked 3.8% this year, when comparing facilities taking part in the nation's biggest survey in both 2015 and 2016.

Helping others boosts health

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Volunteering after age 40 provides more mental health benefits than serving when younger, according to a new analysis from British researchers.

Naps may help night nurses

Naps may help night nurses

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Napping on the job may be beneficial for nurses working night shifts, according to a new study.

Arbitration battle heating up

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More groups are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses as the publication of the agency's final rule for nursing homes draws near.

CMS to inspect SNFs' social media policies

CMS to inspect SNFs' social media policies

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Surveyors have begun reviewing nursing homes' policies for addressing employee abuse of residents on social media platforms.

Quality measurements are a 'game changer,' expert notes

Quality measurements are a 'game changer,' expert notes

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Skilled nursing facilities failing to submit data for new quality measures will suffer a 2-percentage point reduction starting with 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services warned in the recent release of its final rule.

Settlements in four DOJ investigations to cost Genesis $52.7 million

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Genesis Healthcare will pay $52.7 million under an agreement to settle four separate Department of Justice investigations, the nation's largest long-term care company said.

New watch may lead to faster response

New watch may lead to faster response

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A smartwatch app under development may allow certified nursing assistants to respond to alerts faster, Binghamton University researchers say.

Expert: Skills testing crucial

Expert: Skills testing crucial

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Improving employee competency testing in long-term care can help reduce rehospitalizations and workplace injuries, while improving overall resident care, an industry expert emphasized recently.

HIPAA calls it: Phone theft costs $650,000

HIPAA calls it: Phone theft costs $650,000

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Federal regulators lowered the boom on the former owner of several nursing homes after an iPhone containing the medical records of more than 400 residents was stolen.

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