Spending on nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities is expected to roughly keep pace with total U.S. healthcare spending during the next decade, according to the annual "National Health Expenditures Projections" report released last month.
After The New York Times noted that providers are apparently gaming the Five Star rating system by enhancing staffing and quality data, federal lawmakers quickly put an indignant pen to paper.
A high-dose flu vaccine with four times the amount of antigen in a standard vaccine was 24% more effective in protecting study subjects 65 and older against influenza complications.
Long-term use of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety and insomnia increased the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 51%.
Slightly more than half of the nation's nursing facilities reported abuse or neglect allegations as required in 2012, a new report from the Office of Inspector General alleges. Such relatively low compliance indicates that more guidance and oversight is warranted, the report concludes.
The government should collect and release more claims information from managed care plans, the nation's largest long-term care provider association stated in a recent letter to Senate leaders.
To prevent lawsuits, long-term care leaders need to routinely communicate with difficult family members, a defense attorney told a McKnight's Fall Online Expo webcast audience last month.
A legal settlement involving two long-term care companies accused of not sufficiently controlling their contracted therapy provider's billing practices has created anxieties among skilled nursing operators.
Federal regulators need to collect nursing home staffing data directly from payroll systems rather than from providers themselves, members of the Congressional Seniors Task Force said in a recent letter to a top healthcare official.
Hospitals have been cast in a harsh light by long-term care advocates recently for allegedly over-using "observation stay" status. The practice can ultimately deny some patients subsequent Medicare coverage for nursing home admission.
Many providers are relieved that Medicare rates are slated to go up by 2% in the next fiscal year. After all, who wants to turn down $750 million, especially in a rate-cutting climate?
Healthcare facilities should avoid "heavily marketed" triclosan soaps, experts advise in updated hand hygiene guidelines.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization is common in groin and rectal areas, especially in men, new research shows.
McKnight's added three national awards to its trophy case last month following the American Society of Business Publication Editors ceremony in Chicago.
Long-term care managers would be wise to allow nursing assistants — and residents' family members — a greater say in managerial-type decision-making, authors of a new study assert.
Medicare should cover people who go to a skilled nursing facility without a preceding hospital stay, experts recently told the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
An Ohio nursing home says residents became defiant after speaking with a state inspector, leading the provider to file a lawsuit.
When is a meager pay hike viewed as welcome news? When the source of that increase — namely, the federal government — seems intent on making cuts almost everywhere else.
Medicaid funds would more easily flow toward people wanting home- and community-based services — and away from nursing homes — under a new bill unveiled by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA).
Gardens in nursing homes can help patients with dementia, new research indicates.
More than 75% of long-term residents are incontinent, as well as nearly half (46%) of short-term residents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Accountable care organizations should be assessed on which patients bounce back to a member hospital within 30 days of being discharged to a skilled nursing facility, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asserts in a proposed rule.
There is no easy fix to the staggering backlog of Medicare appeals, a government official said during a July 10 Congressional hearing.
Providers should expect to be paid exclusively through managed care systems by 2025, a former White House adviser said in July.
Nursing home inventory is continuing its slow but steady downward trajectory, according to quarterly data released in July by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.
The number of Americans 65 or older residing in a nursing home fell from 1.6 million to 1.3 million during the decade ending in 2010, according to a new federal report.
An Alabama nursing home faces a lawsuit for allegedly refusing to allow a Muslim employee to wear a hijab.
A former nurse has received an $11.6 million government settlement to pay for future care after a flu vaccine paralyzed her.
Authorities have fined a Florida nursing home $16,000 for reviving a resident who had a do-not-resuscitate order.
Drinking black chokeberry juice may reduce the rate of urinary tract infections among nursing home residents, according to findings published in Nutrition Research in June.
Certain lights may improve quality of life for residents with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, according to a new study.
McKnight's Long-Term Care News Senior Editor Elizabeth Newman earned a Grand Award for blog writing, and McKnight's staff pulled in four other Awards of Excellence in the 2014 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence program.
Calculations for Medicare readmissions penalties should be risk-adjusted so that providers do not lose money for serving the sickest, poorest seniors, a group of Congressional lawmakers said in a letter to regulators. Long-term care is carefully monitoring how hospital readmissions penalties are calculated because nursing home reimbursements will be tied to readmissions starting in 2018.
A critical decision in a Quality Assurance Performance Improvement plan is not what, but whom, to include, a former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said at the annual NADONA conference.
Nursing homes that have partnered with Quality Improvement Organizations over the last three years have delivered drastically reduced pressure ulcer rates and restraint use, according to new government figures.
Skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should receive equal payments for treating some conditions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission proposed in its latest report to Congress.
Most nursing home administrators do not believe that pay-for-performance initiatives lead to improved resident care or stronger bottom lines, according to findings recently published in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy.
Nursing providers could feel reduced heat from federal Medicare and Medicaid oversight activities — if an agency official's testimony is to be believed as more than just budget-request bluster.
Nursing home residents who have a sorbet appetizer tend to eat more at mealtime and maintain their weight, according to findings from a small study.
Non-aspirin pain relievers may be best for residents with chronic wounds, according to new study results.
The McKnight's editorial team earned four honors in the 2014 ASHPE national editorial awards program.
Most nurses find their work rewarding and satisfying. But nurses in the long-term care sector appear to be the most likely to want employment in a different setting, according to a survey from CareerBuilder and Harris Poll.
The government has proposed increasing skilled nursing facility Medicare payments by $750 million in fiscal 2015.
Readmissions of seniors to a hospital within a month of discharge declined in 2013, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Providers aren't just being accused of coding therapy patients in higher payment categories than ever before. The charge is being backed by hard numbers in a recent memorandum from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
President Barack Obama signed legislation that ties skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018.
Compared with other quality measures, pressure ulcer prevalence is particularly good at predicting whether a nursing home will readmit residents to the hospital, according to findings published recently in HSR: Health Services Research.
A measure President Barack Obama signed into law does a lot more for doctors than it does for long-term care operators.
There appears to be a link between low vitamin D levels and cognitive decline over time, according to a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
There's a new method for measuring delirium severity in older adults from researchers at Harvard and Brown Universities and the University of Massachusetts.