A new policy meant to reduce the number of hospital observation stays should be delayed, and stakeholders should collaborate on a better way to achieve that goal, according to the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association.
Providers likely will embrace House legislation that eases billing reviews for operators deemed a low fraud risk.
Seniors who take certain blood pressure medications might be at a dramatically reduced risk for developing dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to findings in Neurology.
Show-tune sing-alongs are an effective form of dementia care, new research suggests.
A Colorado facility might have to pay punitive damages because a supervisor put the wrong safety clip on a lift that malfunctioned and led to a resident's death, a federal court recently ruled.
Medicaid managed care systems have the potential to improve care outcomes, and providers' bottom lines, so operators should embrace them, said LeadingAge President and CEO Larry Minnix.
Leaders in the U.S. Senate have called for a government review of how nursing homes handle facility-managed trust funds.
Nursing home workers own the worst rates of employee injuries and illnesses among U.S. workforces, notes a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Rep. Roger W. Williams (R-TX) has introduced a "trusted provider" bill in the House of Representatives. The measure would give Medicare claim review protections for those who pose a lower risk of submitting fraudulent claims.
The second annual McKnight's Long-Term Care News Excellence in Technology Awards begged the question: How can you compare to last year's storied winners?
The Commission on Long-Term Care has released its full report to Congress, but some commissioners broke ranks, saying the bipartisan panel did not fulfill its mandate to offer recommendations for comprehensive reform.
A federal district court in Connecticut has dismissed a case filed by more than a dozen beneficiaries who challenged Medicare's "three-day rule."
Seniors who are neurotic are more likely to receive care in a nursing home, according to research in The Milbank Quarterly.
New research challenges assumptions about how Clostridium difficile is transmitted.
Nursing home workers were worst among similar employee groups in geting a flu vaccine last season, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials. The agency handed out a "report card" in late September.
Dementia care will be increasingly at the forefront for long-term care providers, according to a new report from Alzheimer's Disease International.
The leader of the nation's largest nursing home association trumpeted gains made over the last three years but also exhorted members to press for more change.
The rate at which nursing home residents are hospitalized is linked to how well a state provides healthcare for low-income people, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund. Minnesota was the top performer for its low percent of hospitalizations within a 30-day period, at 7%.
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) has introduced legislation that would eliminate a major hurdle to rehabilitation care and payments: the "three-day rule."
Top long-term care officers tackled some of the field's main challenges, exchanged perspectives on new opportunities and shared ideas on what the future might hold.
Nursing homes without a full sprinkler system installed and functioning are now subject to deficiency citations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
For decades, many providers have viewed antipsychotic drugs as a necessary evil for treating residents with dementia. But increasingly, these medications are just being seen as evil. So it's hardly a surprise that the government and the long-term care field are praising notable progress toward reducing their use by 15%.
A third of Medicare/Medicaid-certified long-term care providers surveyed by The Joint Commission during the first half of this year didn't meet basic hand hygiene requirements, according to recent data.
High and low dosages of a popular antibiotic are equally good at combating Clostridium difficile infections, according to a new study.
The Advancing Excellence campaign is calling on skilled nursing providers to use a set of updated goals to create a framework for achieving better care.
Skilled nursing providers should build partnerships with physician groups but need to stay abreast of legal frameworks, according to experts who spoke at McKnight's Fall Online Expo.
Add former Medicare chief Donald Berwick to the growing list of critics of a federal rule requiring three consecutive nights' stay as a hospital inpatient to qualify for Medicare nursing home coverage.
Government investigators claim — and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services concurs — that more consistency is needed with Medicare post-payment claims reviews.
Fewer residents with dementia are being prescribed antipsychotic medications, according to new figures heralded by the government and the nation's largest nursing home association.
An omega fatty acid supplement halted progress of inflammation for people with moderate to severe dry eye, results of a new study shows.
Taking the time to learn a dementia resident's life story is an essential tool in managing behavior in a memory care unit, an expert said in July.
A Florida jury has awarded $1.1 billion in damages to the family of a former nursing facility resident. The amount is believed to be one of the highest ever leveled against a nursing home.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should not waver from its long-standing support of state-based quality improvement organizations, the American Health Care Association and nearly 50 other organizations have told government officials.
Probiotics are not effective in preventing diarrhea associated with Clostridium difficile, according to a large study that calls into question previous findings.
Seniors without diabetes but with higher than average blood sugar levels have an 18% increased risk for dementia, a new study shows.
The McKnight's Long-Term Care News editorial team captured four top national awards in the 25th Annual APEX competition.
Nursing home residents are more satisfied when the level of care in their facility is higher, according to a new analysis of Massachusetts facilities.
Skilled nursing facilities will see $470 million in aggregate 2014 Medicare reimbursements, which is $30 million less than projected in a proposed rule, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The cost of a private nursing home room increased an average of more than 3% annually during the past five years, and currently averages more than $94,000, according to a new survey.
Skilled nursing operators often want the same treatment as hospitals. They might get their wish soon, though not necessarily in the way they hoped.
A long-term care provider and its hospice partner will need to draw up a detailed contract, according to a final rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and published in the Federal Register.
Providers have been arguing that nursing homes are doing a better job. A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' analysis of Nursing Home Compare data lends support to the claim.
Medicare will stick with reimbursing only one telehealth visit per month for skilled nursing facility residents, according to a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Caregivers in long-term care facilities should screen residents using a suicide risk tool, according to a June 17 report in Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging.
The Obama administration has delayed implementing a key part of the Affordable Care Act, and a legal expert said operators should seize this opportunity.
Aspects of the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program came under intense scrutiny during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in June. Lawmakers questioned auditor payment incentives and a sluggish appeals process.
Medicare Administrative Contractors started a manual review process for outpatient therapy claims too quickly, setting the stage for chaos in late 2012, a government review has revealed.
An industry expert served up straightforward advice during a recent McKnight's Super Tuesday webinar: Accurately claim what you do, and do what you claim.
An "epidemic" of inappropriate diuretic prescribing is hitting seniors, a top researcher says. The drugs are widely overused to treat arterial hypertension, heart failure and renal disease, said Martin Wehling, M.D., in a recent issue of JAMDA.
Requiring flu shots is not a primary reason for employees quitting, an analysis finds. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all healthcare employees receive the annual flu vaccine, facilities vary on whether to make it mandatory.