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Lowering rehospitalization rates a focus at Online Expo

Lowering rehospitalization rates a focus at Online Expo

While providers have made some progress with reducing rehospitalizations, the era of managed care organizations and better hospital partnerships means new strategies are needed. Attendees at the McKnight's Online Expo this month will learn nursing practices to reduce rehospitalizations and attract partners during the Quality session.

New Medicare ACO to be unveiled soon

The government's top health insurer has announced that providers could get a first look at a new type of Medicare accountable care organization this month. It has been modeled closely after a controversial managed care program and includes new waivers for skilled nursing facilities.

Controversial Medicare auditors group changes name, website

A Medicare payment watchdog group saddled with huge case backlogs and heavily criticized for causing delays in resolving reimbursement issues has changed its name and location on the web.

Fasting — with limits — may be linked to longer life, less disease, researchers say

Periods of fasting could be one way to sidestep some chronic illnesses such as diabetes, and add years to one's life. Meanwhile, consecutive daily fasting supplemented with antioxidants could actually hinder those perceived benefits, University of Florida researchers said Friday.

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Company News

BusinessBriefs for February 2015

» Senior Housing Properties Trust will buy 38 senior-living communities for $790 million from CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc., including assumption of debt. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. The communities encompass 3,466 total living units. This includes 826 independent living units, 1,860 assisted living units, 744 memory care units and 36 skilled nursing beds.

Ventas buy adds payoff

Ventas has declared a prorated common stock dividend, pending the completion of its American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust purchase.

Many boomers not ready to make seniors housing move

Many boomers not ready to make seniors housing move

Seniors housing companies prepping for baby boomers may encounter prospects who are largely unwilling and unable to relocate.

State News

State News for February 2015

State News for February 2015

MASSACHUSETTS — Thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, the concept of palliative care has become more prominent in the national conversation about the end of life. Now these conversations are mandated for Bay State nursing homes, hospitals and other providers.

State News for January 2015

State News for January 2015

NEW JERSEY — Lawmakers here will soon debate the merits of a bill that would require the state to pay facilities up to half of the money owed for uncompensated care for residents whose Medicaid applications remain mired in limbo after three months.

State News for December 2014

State News for December 2014

FLORIDA - A nursing home building boom may be on the horizon following the end of a 12-year moratorium.