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LeadingAge to battle tax plan

LeadingAge to battle tax plan

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Nonprofit providers could be ravaged by a Republican tax plan winding its way through Congress, industry leaders said in November.

Ex-drug exec picked to run health agency

Ex-drug exec picked to run health agency

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President Donald Trump chose a former pharmaceutical company executive in mid-November to take over as the nation's top health official.

Pay ramp-up period sought

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Medicare payments would decrease for for-profit and freestanding providers under a proposal being considered by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission designed to accelerate reimbursement adjustments.

4-in-1 flu shot shows promise

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A vaccine that combines genes from four strains of influenza may one day serve as a universal flu shot, researchers said in November.

A familiar face to head ACHCA

A familiar face to head ACHCA

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The American College of Health Care Administrators announced 37-year long-term care veteran Bill McGinley, CNHA, CALA, CAS, FACHCA, as its new president and CEO last month.

Fingerprint scanning leads to privacy fight

Fingerprint scanning leads to privacy fight

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The latest tension between employee privacy and staffing procedures is embodied in an Illinois long-term care employee suing his workplace over twice-a-day required fingerprint scans.

Lawmakers: Phase 2 can wait

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Two dozen senators made what amounted to a last-ditch effort to get implementation of Phase 2 of the Requirements of Participation delayed in late November.

State, fed relationship will be 'reset' by Medicaid overhaul

State, fed relationship will be 'reset' by Medicaid overhaul

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The relationship between the federal government and states participating in the Medicaid program will be "reset" under Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Administrator Seema Verma's vision.

New OT pay threshold search underway

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Although the Trump administration didn't like its predecessor's new threshold for determining overtime pay eligibility, it apparently is taking steps to raise the cut off point.

Hospitals slam MedPAC's plan

Hospitals slam MedPAC's plan

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's proposed unified post-acute payment system is "unworkable as a foundation," the American Hospital Association said in September.

Ready, set, go? LTC bracing for Phase 2

Ready, set, go? LTC bracing for Phase 2

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Despite a push from the post-acute care industry to delay implementation of Phase 2 requirements of participation guidelines under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, providers at press time were still planning to be ready to go with them on Nov. 28.

Goal: 15% drop in psych drugs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hoping that providers can add to their success when it comes to further lowering the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes.

Sleep meds linked to falls

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Older people who take sleep medications for insomnia may be increasing their risk of falls, according to new research from Penn State investigators.

Staff talk not a help for this

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A program meant to improve communication among nursing home staff didn't help reduce falls in facilities, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed.

Field for the new HHS chief includes celebs

Field for the new HHS chief includes celebs

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma and television personality Mehmet Oz, M.D., are rumored to be on a list of potential candidates to replace former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D.

RN, LPN salaries on the rise

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Registered nurses and licensed practical nurses are seeing notable pay increases, but gender equity is lagging, according to a new survey.

AHCA, LeadingAge push for lawmakers to delay Phase 2

AHCA, LeadingAge push for lawmakers to delay Phase 2

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The American Health Care Association and LeadingAge both urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this fall to push back the next phase of upcoming requirements of participation for long-term care providers. At production deadline it was unclear if they will have succeeded.

Genworth: SNF room charges rise 5.5%

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Annual nursing home charges have continued to rise at a healthy clip, fueled by higher labor costs and federal rules that drive sicker patients downstream quicker.

Hatch targets dubious care

Hatch targets dubious care

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has demanded information on nursing home abuse and neglect from the Department of Health and Human Services.

DACA's fate worries healthcare industry

DACA's fate worries healthcare industry

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A potential hemorrhage of workers from the healthcare sector could be held off if a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals arises out of a deal between President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders.

Critics: Gaps in 'Compare' site

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The federal website that informs consumers about specific nursing homes has "considerable" knowledge gaps, a pair of prominent Harvard University researchers asserted recently.

Tool predicts fracture risk

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A new tool has shown promise in predicting fracture risk among long-term care residents.

MDROs tied to infection rates

MDROs tied to infection rates

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New research indicates almost half of nursing home residents had more than one multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) in or on them.

Groups call for delay of 'costly' mega-rule

Groups call for delay of 'costly' mega-rule

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The next phases of the new requirements of participation should be delayed to relieve burden on providers, LeadingAge told lawmakers in late August.

SNF need greater than thought

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Americans have a higher probability of needing skilled nursing care than previously thought, according to new research.

Former executives sued by ASC for 'looting' company

Former executives sued by ASC for 'looting' company

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First, federal officials sought and received indictments of former top officers of American Senior Communities. Now, it's the company's turn to go after them.

SNF: Rogue volunteers took residents

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A nursing home was fighting allegations it didn't have an evacuation plan in place during Hurricane Harvey.

Fifth Fall Expo to offer free CE

Fifth Fall Expo to offer free CE

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As providers prepare for Phase 2 requirements under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' mega-rule, many are balancing how to stay compliant while affirming residents' rights.Attorney Sean Fahey, of Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman P.C., will give guidance on this and more during the Quality session of the McKnight's Fall Online Expo.

CMS cancels, trims bundled pay models

CMS cancels, trims bundled pay models

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposal in mid-August to cancel its Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehabilitation bundled payment models, citing a need for "greater flexibility" in designing new models.

Admins, DONs earning more

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Salaries for nursing home administrators jumped 3% over the past year, to a national average of $97,401, while directors of nursing realized a 2.6% increase, to an average of $89,902.

Flu shot firings leading to trial

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A North Carolina hospital will have to go to trial over claims that it fired at least three employees who refused a flu shot on religious grounds.

Low vitamin D ups heart risk

Low vitamin D ups heart risk

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Seniors with vitamin D deficiency may face more than 12 times an increased risk of heart failure, according to a study published in August.

Academic serving up 'train wreck' forecast

Academic serving up 'train wreck' forecast

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Low wages and a lack of respect for direct care workers are putting the long-term care industry on a dangerous path to worker shortages, a professor warned recently.

Thanks for 1% Medicare raise

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If they hadn't known well in advance it would be that small, providers probably wouldn't have been so gracious about a mere 1% increase in Medicare reimbursements from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

CMS surprises — and doesn't — with pay model changes

CMS surprises — and doesn't — with pay model changes

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There were surprises mixed with an utter lack of the unexpected in August when federal officials made bold moves away from certain mandatory care and payment models.

Hospitals failing at discharge info: report

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Hospital patients often don't receive quality information on skilled nursing facilities prior to their discharge and may choose a facility based on location, a new study shows.

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.