Providers can make good use of some new strategies and tips to be prepared for surveyors around the clock, says Paula Sanders, principal and co-chairwoman of the Health Care Practice Group at law firm Post & Schell P.C.
LeadingAge, along with 71 other nonprofit aging organizations, sent a letter in mid-January urging then-President-elect Donald Trump to preserve some nursing-home related provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Federal officials struck back at providers in January, filing notice that they were challenging efforts to stop a ban of pre-dispute nursing home arbitration agreements.
Delirium among skilled nursing residents needs to be treated more seriously than it currently is by providers, according to authors of a recent research review.
Many nursing home providers are missing chances to cut costs and reduce unnecessary care by not having residents' advance directives on file, or orderly, a recent study found.
New bundled payment models focused on cardiac care and orthopedics were finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the end of December.
The occupancy picture did not improve for skilled nursing or assisted living facilities in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Value-based purchasing initiatives and a focus on post-acute partnerships are likely to persist in 2017, despite the possibility of "repeal and replace" of the Affordable Care Act, according to Avalere Health experts in a January webinar.
A Department of Health and Human Services final rule may allow providers to move more quickly through the backlog of 700,000-plus Medicare-related appeals.
The healthcare industry is projected to need 1 million new nurses within five years, but most settings are finding the wait between placing a help wanted ad and a hiring decision to be far too long.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in December called for the elimination of market basket updates for skilled nursing operators in fiscal 2018 and 2019.
Long-term care providers delivered ringing endorsements of President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.
Changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes may be on the horizon under recommendations published by the Government Accountability Office in December.
Preventive policies are credited for lowering pressure injuries in hospitals by about half over the past decade, even as long-term care rates rose, a new analysis found.
Many hospital patients are given a feeding tube in order to be discharged to a nursing home, but often it's without receiving a palliative care assessment first, a new study has found.
Providers are cheering a federal judge's decision to grant a preliminary injunction in November against a rule that would have increased overtime pay eligibility.
The Department of Health and Human Services has four years to end an estimated 700,000 Medicare appeal backlog, a court ruled.
President-elect Donald Trump's choice to run the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Seema Verma, was praised by providers. But she will face tough choices immediately, a previous CMS administrator predicted.
A Canadian nurse who posted on Facebook and Twitter about her frustrations over a relative's skilled nursing care has been found guilty of professional misconduct by a nursing organization.
Federal regulators are asking providers for thoughts on how to curb violence in healthcare workplaces.
Kindred Healthcare Inc., which operated more than 200 nursing homes less than a decade ago, is pulling the plug on its skilled nursing facilities.
While President-elect Donald J. Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, long-term care experts noted that coordinated care for seniors is likely to remain a priority under him.
A federal court in November granted the American Health Care Association's request for an injunction of the ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements, despite believing the ban was "based upon sound public policy."
Four hospital patients died after contacting a deadly, drug-resistant fungus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in early November.
Older black adults were more likely to be readmitted to a hospital after an elective hip or knee replacement and are more adversely affected by insufficient hospital nurse staffing, a new study has found.
Tracking therapy minutes may become a thing of the past within the next few years as payment models shift to focus on patient characteristics, experts warned during a conference in October.
A federal appeals court has denied review of a South Carolina nursing home's lawsuit against a group of nurses trying to unionize.
With the White House, Senate and House of Representatives all in Republican control, long-term care providers should expect significant changes, experts said in November.
The new survey process for skilled nursing facilities is expected to be made more efficient by drawing on the strengths of two existing processes, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said in October.
Long-term care providers should use photography more often to document injuries, a forensic nursing expert told nursing leaders in October.
Binding pre-dispute arbitration agreements have been banned under the new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services final rule for long-term care facilities, which was unveiled Sept. 28.
A new survey process will start in November 2017 as part of the new final rule for nursing homes, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said in late September.
Falls rank as the leading cause of injury and death for seniors, according to new data recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Thirty-day hospital readmission rates dropped in all states except Vermont between 2010 and 2015, according to data published recently by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The rate at which nursing home staff are receiving flu shots is rising, but seniors are lagging, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kindred Healthcare has been hit with a $3 million-plus penalty for failing to adhere to a federal corporate compliance program.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services first major overhaul of long-term care regulations since 1991 garnered nearly 10,000 comments after its initial proposal.
One of the biggest skilled nursing whistleblower lawsuits in recent years is being settled out of court, according to documents filed in September.
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.