Presidents usually release budgets for reasons that have less to do with spreadsheets than legacies. President Obama's fiscal year 2015 spending plan is no different. The $3.9 trillion proposal offers a partisan blueprint for improving jobs, the economy and the nation's long-term fiscal outlook.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking for $49 million more in its next budget, largely to expand long-term care inspection programs.
Long-term care providers are applauding a pause in the Medicare recovery audit contractor program.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said they consider the upcoming Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement guidelines, not harsher penalties, as the better way to reduce adverse events in post-acute care.
Nursing home staffing levels have not been definitively linked to better care, according to an analysis published in JAMDA.
A new blood test reveals with 90% accuracy which people will develop Alzheimer's disease or mild dementia within three years, according to study results in Nature Medicine.
In every White House budget, there are winners and losers. Unfortunately for providers, long-term care again falls into the latter category. All told, President Obama's $3.9 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2015 would cut funding for healthcare by $402 billion over the next decade.
A large number of rehabilitation patients seek hospital care shortly after being discharged from a nursing facility, according to recent research.
Relatives of dying residents make it harder to provide high-quality end-of-life care, according to a majority of long-term care professionals surveyed.
Healthcare professionals should consider a "bare below the elbows" approach of short-sleeved tops and foregoing a wristwatch, jewelry or ties, according to guidance released in late January from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
Injectable drugs ranibizumab (Lucentis) and bevacizumab (Avastin) help prevent nursing home admissions among those with age-related wet macular degeneration, according to findings in JAMA Ophthalmology.
Real-time video used in therapy sessions could help stroke survivors rehabilitate more quickly, according to researchers.
The universal problem of how providers can best prepare for regulator inspections will be one of five key topics covered in McKnight's Online Expo educational sessions March 26-27.
Nursing homes could improve the comfort and dignity of residents who are dying by following practices common in home-based hospice care, according to the results of a large-scale trial.
Each nursing home resident assessment takes five hours on average for a Minimum Data Set or nurse coordinator to finish, according to survey results from the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination.
Government investigators will issue a report on skilled nursing facilities' Medicare Part A billing practices later this year, according to the latest annual work plan from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.
Cynicism and "emotional exhaustion" are the strongest predictors of nursing home administrator turnover, according to doctoral research by a former administrator. Misaligned personal and corporate values also lead to turnover.
People who are vaccinated against the flu are 24% less likely to suffer a stroke during that flu season, say British researchers who analyzed records of nearly 50,000 patients.
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A Wisconsin bookkeeper who worked at a nursing home for 31 years is suspected of garnering $850,000 in what authorities describe as a complex embezzlement scheme.
Skilled nursing facilities should not claim that therapy was to maintain a patient's condition if documentation reflected only an improvement goal.
Caregivers who wear gloves can likely save time and skip hand washing before putting them on without worrying about increasing nosocomial infection rates.
Federal authorities are accepting comments through the first week of April on newly proposed stricter guidelines for blood glucose monitoring systems.
A new admissions policy has driven hospital inpatient stays to record low levels, according to Citigroup analysts.
Dual eligibles who move from a long-term care facility to home- and community-based services have a 40% increased risk of a potentially preventable hospital stay.
Wound care continues to be a growing challenge in the long-term care sector. But many facilities are not doing enough to ensure success, according to Jeffrey M. Levine, M.D., a wound care and geriatrics specialist affiliated with Mount Sinai Beth Israel (formerly Beth Israel Medical Center) in New York.
The chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has urged a House committee to set lower Medicare Part B therapy spending caps.
Long-term care facilities would have to meet more comprehensive emergency preparedness guidelines if a newly proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is enacted.
Long-term care providers face an additional two years of reduced Medicare reimbursements under a federal budget compromise hammered out in December.
Instant consumer feedback has become paramount in today's competitive long-term care industry, so comments offered by patients, residents and family members are invaluable in helping operators improve services.
A $10,000 fine levied against a skilled nursing facility that allowed a suicidal resident to leave the building and then kill himself will stand, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Long-term care provider associations focused on the big picture and counted blessings in response to legislative action in the last Congressional session of 2013.
Particular antibiotics are effective in eliminating colonies of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in asymptomatic carriers of the deadly bacteria, according to clinical research.
Researchers have found a way to predict with 90% accuracy which mild cognitive impairment sufferers would develop Alzheimer's disease within two years.
A fourth of the 3.3 million Medicare beneficiaries who lived in a nursing home in 2011 were hospitalized for at least one day. This came at a cost of $14.3 billion, according to a Nov. 18 report from the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services.
Above-average skilled nursing facilities may become exempted from Medicare's prior hospitalization requirement, per legislation from Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH).
Congressional lawmakers have introduced a bill to launch a single-payer healthcare system that would include universal long-term care coverage.
Long-term care operators can expect a 5% increase in liability costs in 2014, according to a new analysis from Aon Global Risk Consulting and the American Health Care Association.
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."