Providers who miss staffing data submission deadlines could be sanctioned — and see their Five-Star Nursing Quality Ratings suffer — federal officials said.
Low wages and high injury risks may be driving up unfilled nursing assistant positions in nursing homes, according to a new report.
Maximum civil monetary penalties for skilled nursing providers will more than double under a final rule released by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It became effective Sept. 6.
People who survive a stroke have eight times the risk of developing depression than people without a history of stroke, a recent study found.
Using social media applications like Facebook or Skype may help lessen depression, loneliness and other chronic illnesses in seniors, a recent study found.
More than 100 Medicare accountable care organizations qualified for shared savings payments in 2015 by meeting quality performance standards and hitting their savings threshold, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in August. The total cumulative savings for the federal government through the program is up to $1.29 billion.
A common painkiller associated with menstrual cramps could be a tool to reversing memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease, researchers assert.
Before he exits the White House, President Barack Obama and his administration remain focused on adjusting Medicare reimbursements.
A rule released earlier this year by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services targeting overpayments may lead to an increase in cases involving the regulation, law experts say.
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.
While providers cheered an estimated $920 million payment increase for fiscal 2017, they also resigned themselves to preparing for four new quality measures.
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.
Volunteering after age 40 provides more mental health benefits than serving when younger, according to a new analysis from British researchers.
Napping on the job may be beneficial for nurses working night shifts, according to a new study.
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.
Surveyors have begun reviewing nursing homes' policies for addressing employee abuse of residents on social media platforms.
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.
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.
A smartwatch app under development may allow certified nursing assistants to respond to alerts faster, Binghamton University researchers say.
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.