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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.

SNF room price averages $92k

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Alaska leads the U.S. in the highest cost of nursing home care, according to a new report that found national average costs for a semi-private nursing home rose 2.27%, while private nursing home room prices rose 1.24%.

More prep for end-of-life care

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Nearly half of California nursing home residents have engaged in end-of-life planning, according to a new study.

MRSA rate falls due to tracking

MRSA rate falls due to tracking

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An electronic hand hygiene monitoring system is responsible for a 42% decrease in MRSA infections in one health system, an analysis finds.

Obama lauds change in payment schemes

Obama lauds change in payment schemes

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The next president and congressional leaders should continue to promote value-based purchasing and alternative payment models, President Barack Obama said in an academic article last month.

McKnight's earns APEX Grand

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McKnight's Long-Term Care News earned a Grand Award and three Awards of Excellence at the 28th annual Awards for Publication Excellence contest.

LTC population is growing more diverse

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The long-term care population has branched out further in age and ethnicity over recent decades, according to new research published in late June in JAMDA: The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Top CCRC posts see salary increases, report discovers

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Directors of nursing at continuing care retirement communities now make an average annual salary of $92,680, according to a new report.

Antipsychotic use down 27%

Antipsychotic use down 27%

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services established the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes in 2012 after a scathing report found 83% of antipsychotic drug claims were made for nursing home residents without conditions approved for antipsychotic use.

Providers blast bills as payment robbers

Providers blast bills as payment robbers

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Long-term care lobbyists often gather in Washington to promote legislation they favor.

Overtime regs raise concern

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In less than six months, providers could face paying a lot more overtime wages, thanks to a new government rule.

Drugs linked to greater fall risk

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Nursing home residents who take antidepressants for dementia hold a significantly higher risk of falls and fractures than those using antipsychotics, new research finds.

Mobility focus lifts function

Mobility focus lifts function

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In-hospital mobility programs led seniors to have significantly higher ability to move around following discharge, a new study has found.

SNFs are second-rate for stroke care: report

SNFs are second-rate for stroke care: report

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Long-term care's largest provider group is firing back over a "frustrating" recommendation that the majority of stroke patients should be treated in an inpatient rehabilitation facility rather than a nursing home.

Aspects of IMPACT Act may spread to Medicaid: expert

Aspects of IMPACT Act may spread to Medicaid: expert

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Skilled nursing facilities should be on the lookout for aspects of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 to trickle into the Medicaid world, according to one expert.

AHCA leader spreads lame-duck caution

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The annual American Health Care Association's congressional briefing departed from typical dire legislative forecasts in May.

HCP spins off troubled HCR ManorCare

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HCP Inc. will spin off HCR ManorCare, its skilled nursing and assisted living portfolio, into an independent real estate investment trust, the company announced in May.

Infection campaign seeks help

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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention wants nursing homes to volunteer for three years of surveys as part of a campaign to tackle healthcare-associated infections.

State slammed in federal report

State slammed in federal report

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South Dakota "unnecessarily" uses nursing facilities to provide services to people with disabilities, according to a May report from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Medicare funding to rise by $800 million?

Medicare funding to rise by $800 million?

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While skilled nursing facilities could receive $800 million more in Medicare payment increases in fiscal year 2017, providers still must prepare for value-based purchasing incentives in two years.

Frequent sales raise a red flag

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A new study has shown that nursing facilities that are bought and sold frequently by corporate owners tend to continue poor care.

PAD diagnoses infections fast

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Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have created a point-of-care diagnosis system for healthcare-associated infection

Study supports 'family' dining

Study supports 'family' dining

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Eating meals family-style can boost nutrition, hydration and quality of life for people with dementia, scientists have found.

CMS has cooked up new fire safety rules

CMS has cooked up new fire safety rules

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The finalized rules relax some operational and construction requirements in order to give providers more flexibility and make the atmosphere more homelike, CMS officials said.

McKnight's earns accolades

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The McKnight's Long-Term Care News editorial staff kept up a streak, earning seven national awards in the month of May.

Pay proposal could deliver unintended consequences

Pay proposal could deliver unintended consequences

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Providers are pleased with a federal proposal to increase skilled nursing payments by 2.1% but remain wary about the four new quality measures that are attached.

Groups rating SNFs differently

Groups rating SNFs differently

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The government's ratings for nursing homes diverge wildly from consumers' personal ratings, new study results show.

Providers get new pay model for readmits

Providers get new pay model for readmits

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Skilled nursing facilities moving into a new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services model will need to reduce avoidable hospitalizations through intensive staff training and new treatments.

CMS: Provider results rising

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A new release of data by federal regulators shows nursing home operators are improving.

FDA warning about opioids

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Labels for certain opioid pain medications will soon be required to carry a warning about the drugs' risks of misuse and death, the Food and Drug Administration said in March.

Dementia spur: lost body heat

Dementia spur: lost body heat

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A drop in body temperature may aggravate Alzheimer's symptoms, according to a new study.

New DOJ task forces  targeting worst SNFs

New DOJ task forces targeting worst SNFs

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The Department of Justice is forming 10 regional task forces to expose and improve nursing homes that are found to provide "grossly substandard" care.

Broader HIPAA audits underway

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New HIPAA audits are focusing on healthcare providers as well as their business associates, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights.

Operators need to make case on managed care, CEO says

Operators need to make case on managed care, CEO says

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Providers should be prepared for states with managed care programs to hit their Medicare Part A mix, a long-term care expert warned in April.

DOL finalizes anti-union 'persuader' rule

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Employers will be required to report any anti-union and collective bargaining activity to employees under the final version of a "persuader" rule issued by the Department of Labor in late March.

A site-neutral  PAC plan nears

A site-neutral PAC plan nears

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has said it's close to completing a plan for unified, site-neutral post-acute payments.

Social media posts spur Senate interest

Social media posts spur Senate interest

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A surge of cases involving long-term care workers inappropriately posting video or photos of naked residents has led some U.S. senators to push for greater scrutiny.

New measures of quality here

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Six new quality measures for skilled nursing facilities will be rolled out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beginning in April.

Dementia tied to gum disease

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Gum disease has been linked to a greater rate in cognitive decline, a study following people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease has found.

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