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Providers told: take high road

Providers told: take high road

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The leader of the second-largest nursing home association in America called on members in March to act passionately but politely when lobbying members of Congress.

Providers rip GOP plans for Medicaid

Providers rip GOP plans for Medicaid

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Long-term care leaders and other healthcare providers tore into a proposal from Republican House leaders that would cut funding from programs serving the elderly.

SNF Compare launch in 2018

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A new website that will allow consumers to view quality ratings for skilled nursing facilities is slated for release in October 2018, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said in late February.

SNF occupancy at all-time low

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Skilled nursing occupancy rates hit their lowest level on record in the fourth quarter of 2016, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Reconciliation helps: study

Reconciliation helps: study

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A medication reconciliation program may help reduce hospital emergency room readmissions by as much as 6%, a recent study shows.

New CMS chief stirs provider anticipation

New CMS chief stirs provider anticipation

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Long-term care provider groups were complimentary of Seema Verma following her mid-March confirmation as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Trump budget cuts HHS 18%

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President Trump's first proposed budget chops 18% from Department of Health and Human Services funding and adds millions of dollars to combat healthcare fraud for fiscal 2018.

Obamacare replacement bill faces tougher test in Senate

Obamacare replacement bill faces tougher test in Senate

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While House Republican leaders were trying to tie up loose ends to get their proposal for repealing and replacing Obamacare across the finish line, Senators on both sides of the aisle were predicting a tougher time getting a similar bill to pass in their chamber.

Multi-facility CEO salaries on the rise

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Chief executive officers for multi-facility long-term care systems saw their salaries increase to an average of $465,875 in 2016, according to a new compensation survey.

11th Online Expo rolls out the red carpet

11th Online Expo rolls out the red carpet

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Long-term care's virtual trade show continues its record-setting run with another round of top-rate educational sessions, up to 5 free CE credits, vendor booths and a whole lot more

Verma: Fraud a hefty priority

Verma: Fraud a hefty priority

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Seema Verma, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said during her Feb. 16 confirmation hearing that tackling healthcare fraud would be a "top priority" should she get the job.

Trump aide: Medicaid grants will cut fraud

Trump aide: Medicaid grants will cut fraud

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In a possible sign of what providers might be able to expect regarding Medicaid funding changes, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said in late January that moving to block grants would "really cut out the fraud, waste and abuse," and that beneficiaries would "get the help directly."

High Court to hear SNF case

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The U.S. Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments in late February in a nursing home arbitration lawsuit that could alter the industry's future, close observers said.

Brain meds use soars in seniors

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More seniors are taking three or more medicines that affect the brain, according to new research.

CHF protocol shows promise

CHF protocol shows promise

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A new treatment regimen for congestive heart failure patients in skilled nursing facilities reduced hospital admissions from 31% to 7% over seven months.

Final rule deadlines branded 'unrealistic'

Final rule deadlines branded 'unrealistic'

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Long-term care providers are "gravely concerned" over the recent publication of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule for nursing homes, LeadingAge said in late January.

Judge finalizes HHS Jimmo fix

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A U.S. District Court judge accepted the Department of Health and Human Services' plan to better explain grounds of the historic Jimmo settlement — with a few added tweaks of her own.

ACA repeal, Medicaid block grants face hot discussion

ACA repeal, Medicaid block grants face hot discussion

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Congressional Republicans met in mid-February to try to discern new details of replacement provisions for the Affordable Care Act, but various questions including about the future of Medicaid, remained unanswered at press time.

Immigration order 'chilling,' groups say

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President Donald Trump's executive order in January aimed at curtailing immigration raised red flags for at least two medical associations specializing in eldercare.

Survey advice at Online Expo

Survey advice at Online Expo

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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.

Groups urge Trump to save some of ACA

Groups urge Trump to save some of ACA

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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.

CMS fights for arbitration ban

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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 often undiagnosed

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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.

Directives not in good order

Directives not in good order

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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.

CMS reveals cardio, ortho bundle models

CMS reveals cardio, ortho bundle models

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New bundled payment models focused on cardiac care and orthopedics were finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the end of December.

Occupancy rates at epic lows

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The occupancy picture did not improve for skilled nursing or assisted living facilities in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Value-based purchasing will likely continue, expert says

Value-based purchasing will likely continue, expert says

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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.

HHS issues rule that speeds up appeals

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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.

Lengthy hiring haunting applicant ranks

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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.

MedPAC calls for pay freeze

MedPAC calls for pay freeze

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in December called for the elimination of market basket updates for skilled nursing operators in fiscal 2018 and 2019.

Providers say Price is right to lead HHS

Providers say Price is right to lead HHS

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Long-term care providers delivered ringing endorsements of President-elect Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

A 'satisfying' survey ahead?

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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.

Pressure sores rising in LTC

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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.

Tubes seen as hindering care

Tubes seen as hindering care

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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.

Employers get break from overtime rule

Employers get break from overtime rule

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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.

Judge issues appeals decree

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The Department of Health and Human Services has four years to end an estimated 700,000 Medicare appeal backlog, a court ruled.

Trump's CMS pick can expect tough choices: predecessors

Trump's CMS pick can expect tough choices: predecessors

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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.

Nurse's online rant leads to guilty charge

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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.

OSHA seeks violence input

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Federal regulators are asking providers for thoughts on how to curb violence in healthcare workplaces.

Kindred quits: dumping SNFs

Kindred quits: dumping SNFs

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Kindred Healthcare Inc., which operated more than 200 nursing homes less than a decade ago, is pulling the plug on its skilled nursing facilities.

Trump card: ACA's future now in doubt

Trump card: ACA's future now in doubt

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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.

Court rejects arbitration ban

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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."

Deadly fungus starts spread

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Four hospital patients died after contacting a deadly, drug-resistant fungus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in early November.

Race can affect readmissions

Race can affect readmissions

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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.

Brace for rehab pay shifts, expert warns

Brace for rehab pay shifts, expert warns

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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.

Court to let nurses unionize

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A federal appeals court has denied review of a South Carolina nursing home's lawsuit against a group of nurses trying to unionize.

A GOP repeal of Obamacare may reprise fee-for-service

A GOP repeal of Obamacare may reprise fee-for-service

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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.

CMS: New survey merges two processes

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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.

Records need photos: expert

Records need photos: expert

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Long-term care providers should use photography more often to document injuries, a forensic nursing expert told nursing leaders in October.

New final rule bans binding arbitration

New final rule bans binding arbitration

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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.