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Want CE credit? Better have a number

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The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards announced it is creating a continuing education registry.

Providers decry $2 billion loss in therapy caps deal

Providers decry $2 billion loss in therapy caps deal

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Providers knew that elimination of Medicare Part B therapy caps would likely come with significant side costs, but nobody wanted them this high.

Online Expo enjoying 12th year

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Providers will have ongoing access to all sessions at this month's 12th Annual McKnight's Online Expo for at least six months after the event, organizers confirmed during final preparations.

Providers take issue with Trump's budget

Providers take issue with Trump's budget

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Long-term care providers found little to like in President Donald Trump's proposed budget for 2019.

Industry balks at drug report

Industry balks at drug report

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Skilled nursing leaders criticized a Human Rights Watch report on antipsychotics in February.

Therapy caps gone — and so is $2 billion

Therapy caps gone — and so is $2 billion

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Providers celebrated the permanent repeal of Medicare Part B therapy limits when President Trump signed a new budget compromise Feb. 9.

Industry push to end therapy cap limits has come up short

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Providers and Medicare Part B beneficiaries were hoping for a reprieve at press time from therapy caps that kicked into full effect when Congress failed to repeal them or extend a broad exceptions process by Jan. 1.

An ER visit can signal decline

An ER visit can signal decline

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Visiting the emergency room can signal the beginning of serious health challenges for an older person even when he or she is not admitted, researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine contend.

Anxiety is tied to Alzheimer's

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Anxiety symptoms that increase over time have been linked to elevated amyloid beta levels and the early signs of Alzheimer's, according to Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers.

Less heads in the beds: NIC

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How low can it go? That's a question many operators are ask- ing in the wake of a report by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care that reveals declining census numbers.

Providers accused of profit-hiding schemes

Providers accused of profit-hiding schemes

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Nursing home critics are driving for deeper investigation into how operators "reward" themselves with lucrative self-dealing contracts while allegedly keeping staffing levels low.

Top expert will highlight Expo

Top expert will highlight Expo

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Providers have long struggled with offering telehealth due to reimbursement limitations. But the landscape is changing.

Skilled nursing occupancy rate hits 5-year low

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Occupancy levels in skilled care settings dropped to a five-year low of 81.6% in the third quarter, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

A sick way to reduce readmission burden?

A sick way to reduce readmission burden?

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A growing number of hospitals have found a novel way to reduce readmission rates: insist that patients are sicker than they really are.

Racial divide in end-of-life care

Racial divide in end-of-life care

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At the end of their lives, AfricanAmericans are more likely to have been admitted to a hospital, land in the ER and discontinue hospice care.

A good attitude can add years

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Living longer may be correlated to optimism, stubbornness and bonds with family, religion and land, according to a new study.

Penalty delay for some tags

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Long-term care providers have 18 months to adapt to some of the Phase 2 requirements of participation without facing penalties, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.

GOP sets sights on Medicare, Medicaid

GOP sets sights on Medicare, Medicaid

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Just before tax-reform victory in December, House GOP leaders said their next target would be "entitlement reform" that trims outlays for the Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security programs.

Self-reporting raises doubts

Self-reporting raises doubts

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Are nursing homes fudging their staffing and quality numbers to obtain more favorable Five-Star ratings?

LeadingAge to battle tax plan

LeadingAge to battle tax plan

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Nonprofit providers could be ravaged by a Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress, industry leaders said in November.

Ex-drug exec picked to run health agency

Ex-drug exec picked to run health agency

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President Donald Trump chose a former pharmaceutical company executive in mid-November to take over as the nation's top health official.

Pay ramp-up period sought

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Medicare payments would decrease for for-profit and freestanding providers under a proposal being considered by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission designed to accelerate reimbursement adjustments.

4-in-1 flu shot shows promise

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A vaccine that combines genes from four strains of influenza may one day serve as a universal flu shot, researchers said in November.

A familiar face to head ACHCA

A familiar face to head ACHCA

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The American College of Health Care Administrators announced 37-year long-term care veteran Bill McGinley, CNHA, CALA, CAS, FACHCA, as its new president and CEO last month.

Fingerprint scanning leads to privacy fight

Fingerprint scanning leads to privacy fight

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The latest tension between employee privacy and staffing procedures is embodied in an Illinois long-term care employee suing his workplace over twice-a-day required fingerprint scans.

Lawmakers: Phase 2 can wait

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Two dozen senators made what amounted to a last-ditch effort to get implementation of Phase 2 of the Requirements of Participation delayed in late November.

State, fed relationship will be 'reset' by Medicaid overhaul

State, fed relationship will be 'reset' by Medicaid overhaul

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The relationship between the federal government and states participating in the Medicaid program will be "reset" under Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Administrator Seema Verma's vision.

New OT pay threshold search underway

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Although the Trump administration didn't like its predecessor's new threshold for determining overtime pay eligibility, it apparently is taking steps to raise the cut off point.

Hospitals slam MedPAC's plan

Hospitals slam MedPAC's plan

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's proposed unified post-acute payment system is "unworkable as a foundation," the American Hospital Association said in September.

Ready, set, go? LTC bracing for Phase 2

Ready, set, go? LTC bracing for Phase 2

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Despite a push from the post-acute care industry to delay implementation of Phase 2 requirements of participation guidelines under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, providers at press time were still planning to be ready to go with them on Nov. 28.

Goal: 15% drop in psych drugs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hoping that providers can add to their success when it comes to further lowering the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes.

Sleep meds linked to falls

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Older people who take sleep medications for insomnia may be increasing their risk of falls, according to new research from Penn State investigators.

Staff talk not a help for this

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A program meant to improve communication among nursing home staff didn't help reduce falls in facilities, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed.