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.
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.
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%.
Nearly half of California nursing home residents have engaged in end-of-life planning, according to a new study.
An electronic hand hygiene monitoring system is responsible for a 42% decrease in MRSA infections in one health system, an analysis finds.
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 Long-Term Care News earned a Grand Award and three Awards of Excellence at the 28th annual Awards for Publication Excellence contest.
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.
Directors of nursing at continuing care retirement communities now make an average annual salary of $92,680, according to a new report.
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.
Long-term care lobbyists often gather in Washington to promote legislation they favor.
In less than six months, providers could face paying a lot more overtime wages, thanks to a new government rule.
Nursing home residents who take antidepressants for dementia hold a significantly higher risk of falls and fractures than those using antipsychotics, new research finds.
In-hospital mobility programs led seniors to have significantly higher ability to move around following discharge, a new study has found.
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.
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.
The annual American Health Care Association's congressional briefing departed from typical dire legislative forecasts in May.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new study has shown that nursing facilities that are bought and sold frequently by corporate owners tend to continue poor care.
Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have created a point-of-care diagnosis system for healthcare-associated infection
Eating meals family-style can boost nutrition, hydration and quality of life for people with dementia, scientists have found.
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.
The McKnight's Long-Term Care News editorial staff kept up a streak, earning seven national awards in the month of May.
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.
The government's ratings for nursing homes diverge wildly from consumers' personal ratings, new study results show.
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.
A new release of data by federal regulators shows nursing home operators are improving.
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.
A drop in body temperature may aggravate Alzheimer's symptoms, according to a new study.
The Department of Justice is forming 10 regional task forces to expose and improve nursing homes that are found to provide "grossly substandard" care.
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.
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.
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.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has said it's close to completing a plan for unified, site-neutral post-acute payments.
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.
Six new quality measures for skilled nursing facilities will be rolled out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beginning in April.
Gum disease has been linked to a greater rate in cognitive decline, a study following people with early-stage Alzheimer's disease has found.
Mandatory flu vaccinations for healthcare workers increase the overall vaccination rate, per new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Federal regulators say startling data about the amount of therapy given at the highest levels compelled them to call in recovery audit contractors.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reached its goal of having 30% of all Medicare payments tied to alternative payment models nearly a year ahead of schedule, the agency announced in March.
The other shoe dropped when a lawsuit against a South Dakota nursing home was filed after an employee posted nude photos of a resident on social media.
Improved discharge directions and communication between patients and providers could prevent more than a fourth of hospital readmissions, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Healthcare providers should reach the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' goal of having 30% of all Medicare payments be value-based by the end of this year, one CMS official declared in early February.
Worried provider groups have called for a slowdown in the development of Medicare cost measures for post-acute care.
An initiative that provides states with grants to implement background check programs is off to a slow-moving start, according to a recent report.
Seniors who take medications from a class of anti-anxiety drugs do not have an increased risk of dementia, research from the University of Washington has found.
Chronic care proposals may have "unintended consequences," provider groups said in February.