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Reader poll: What non-textbook advice do you have for a new administrator?

When I teach my students, the first thing I tell them is there's a tremendous difference between academia and what you experience as an administrator on the job. Number one is dealing with people, meaning the residents, their families and staff. From a leadership perspective, you need to learn to be good listeners. That is a skill that is not taught, but great leaders are great listeners. Number two is factors they have no control over. They have to learn to be adaptable and flexible." — David Wolf, CNHA, CALA, CAS, FACHCA, Ph.D., Professor, Barry University, Delray Beach, FL

A 'super' approach to care

A 'super' approach to care

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Recent regulatory and reimbursement changes led Symphony Post Acute Care Network to develop a "Super SNF" care model.

Medicaid pay threat dodged

Medicaid pay threat dodged

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Providers averted potentially billions of dollars in Medicaid funding losses in July after a Senate GOP healthcare reform bill was pulled from consideration.

Providers see survey gift in penalty delay

Providers see survey gift in penalty delay

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Penalties for the next phase of nursing home survey guidelines will be postponed a year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced June 30.

Citations, staff levels decline

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The average number of nursing home deficiencies has dropped, but staffing levels are lower than expert recommendations, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report.

Workers save 2 during SNF fire

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Two nursing home employees were credited in July with running into "heavy smoke conditions" to rescue two residents.

Brian Jurutka previously served as NIC's president for two years.

Brian Jurutka previously served as NIC's president for two years.

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Brian Jurutka has succeeded Robert Kramer as president and CEO of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

DOL drops defense of Obama overtime rule

DOL drops defense of Obama overtime rule

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The Department of Labor's fight to enact an overtime rule that has caused anxiety for providers won't be continued by the new administration, according to court documents filed in June.

McKnight's blogs named best

McKnight's editors were honored recently with an APEX Grand Award for their "Daily Editors' Notes" blog, which appears at www.mcknights.com.

Providers laud CMS decision to delay survey fines one year

Providers laud CMS decision to delay survey fines one year

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Nursing home groups say they are grateful that regulators heard their concerns about new changes to survey requirements and softened the blow.

Provider's social media penalty halved

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Although long-term care officials agree photos and videos of residents should not be taken or posted to social media without consent, some operators are pushing back.

Transitions and quality command center stage as experts examine post-acute care's future

Transitions and quality command center stage as experts examine post-acute care's future

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Few will dispute the value of ensuring patients are optimally treated and attended to as they move across care settings.

Arbitration win suits providers

Arbitration win suits providers

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The Trump administration announced that it was abandoning an Obama-era rule that would outlaw pre-dispute arbitration agreements, initiating a celebration by long-term care providers.

CMS gives guidance on emergency prep

CMS gives guidance on emergency prep

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published guidance in June in advance of its final emergency preparedness rule for providers.

SNF occupancy to bottom out?

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If current trends continue, occupancy rates in skilled nursing facilities could be headed to new lows this year, said analysts from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Legionnaires' traced to LTC

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Long-term care facilities were the largest single source of Legionnaires' disease cases in healthcare facilities in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

McKnight's honored again

McKnight's honored again

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McKnight's Long-Term Care News won four national awards at the 2017 American Society of Business Publication Editors competition.

Expert rips need for CON laws

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Ending nursing home certificate-of-need laws could spur innovation within the sector, one expert argued in a published journal piece in June.

Vendor to pay $155M in first-of-kind case

Vendor to pay $155M in first-of-kind case

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An electronic health records vendor accused of paying kickbacks and selling its software even though it wasn't certified will pay $155 million to settle legal claims.

GOP health bill gets tougher on Medicaid

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It was unclear at press time whether Senate Republicans could reach 50 votes needed for passage of a controversial healthcare bill that would involve deep long-term cuts to Medicaid.

Trump budget wields more Medicaid cuts than expected

Trump budget wields more Medicaid cuts than expected

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Providers who first thought they would be on uncommonly good footing with Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House were stunned earlier this year when Medicaid reform was put on the table.

Reader Poll: How do you create time for yourself?

"Instead of taking one big vacation each year, I enjoy getting away for several long weekends — whether it's to a local destination or somewhere more exotic, like Puerto Rico. I also make it a priority in my day-to-day life to take time for myself since I know how important it is for caregivers to take care of themselves as well. For me, that may mean going to the spa, playing sports or even just trying a new restaurant." — Debbie Harry-Miller, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Heritage Senior Living, West Allis, WI

Suit filed over false background checks

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An Indiana-based healthcare management group has been hit with a class-action lawsuit after one job applicant claimed she was denied a position at the company based on an allegedly false background check report.

Therapy docs lacking: expert

Therapy docs lacking: expert

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Untimely certifications, missed or incorrectly billed Change of Therapy documentation, and lack of documentation supporting a signed physician order for skilled therapy are among the top reasons facilities are battling Medicare claims denials, an expert said in late April.

Arbitration rules get two major victories

Arbitration rules get two major victories

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The use of arbitration agreements in nursing homes may be bouncing back after it was banned in last year's final rule for long-term care providers.

Paltry pay raise not unexpected

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Nursing home operators will receive a $390 million Medicare pay increase in fiscal 2018, the Centers for the Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in a rule proposed in late April.

Hospital visits drop by 25%

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Potentially avoidable hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries have dropped 25% since 2013, according to the "America's Health Ranking Senior Report" from the United Health Foundation.

$2.4 million to settle breach

$2.4 million to settle breach

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A Texas health system agreed to pay $2.4 million in May to settle potential HIPAA violations stemming from an incident where it named a patient in a press release.

Senators search for Medicaid agreement

Senators search for Medicaid agreement

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Senators sought middle ground in May over an Obamacare replacement bill and its ability to expand and fund Medicaid.

Class-action OK'd for lawsuit

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has agreed with a circuit court that a wrongful death complaint claiming understaffing by a nursing home may proceed as a class-action lawsuit.

SCOTUS grants provider win in arbitration clause dispute

SCOTUS grants provider win in arbitration clause dispute

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The U.S. Supreme Court in May sided with a Kentucky nursing home in a case involving power of attorney and arbitration that could have wider implications for the profession.

McKnight's wins ASHPE, Hermes awards

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McKnight's Long-Term Care News was recently honored with several sets of national awards.

Providers challenge Verma on citations

Providers challenge Verma on citations

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LeadingAge executives met with new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma in April, prioritizing regulatory concerns.

Unified pay by 2021: MedPAC

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted in April to recommend an accelerated timeline that would see implementation of a site-neutral post-acute care payment system kick off in 2021.

Submit entries to tech awards

Submit entries to tech awards

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The 2017 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards are now accepting submissions from long-term and senior care providers.

Dementia drug use questioned

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Canadian researchers urged reconsideration of how drugs are administered to nursing home residents with dementia shortly before death.

Readmission risk increased

Readmission risk increased

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Heart failure patients who went to a nursing home were 50% more likely to be readmitted to the hospital than patients who returned home instead, according to a study in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Don't wait to train for emergencies: CMS

Don't wait to train for emergencies: CMS

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Operators should begin conducting emergency training exercises as soon as possible in order to meet the Nov. 15 implementation date of the recent emergency preparedness final rule.

Antibiotic programs on clock

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Providers must have their new antibiotic stewardship programs in place by Nov. 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is emphasizing.

With Medicaid 'broken,' the fight will go to fraud, waste

With Medicaid 'broken,' the fight will go to fraud, waste

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Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., called the Medicaid program "broken" and said it needed a stronger focus on fighting fraud and waste during a House subcommittee hearing in late March.

LTC relieved, cautious after bill's demise

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Providers breathed a sigh of relief in late March after a GOP House healthcare bill was taken off the table.

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.