A convergence of regulatory and market influences are triggering a wave of mergers and acquisitions in the long-term care (LTC) industry. This convergence presents new opportunities and considerations for operators of all sizes. The dollar volume in LTC mergers and acquisitions jumped to $16.3 billion in 2011, up from $12.1 billion in 2010, according to The Health Care M & A Report from Irving Levin Associates, a healthcare research and information firm.
Financial penalties did not reduce healthcare facility-acquired infections in acute-care settings, a new study finds. Researchers say harsher sanctions might help.
Under a pilot program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rewarded nursing homes that met financial savings goals and improved quality of care.
An Indiana state Senate committee has advanced a bill that would reward better performing nursing homes while generally penalizing weaker ones financially. Sen. Patricia Miller (R) proposed the bill, and chairs the Health and Provider Services Committee that moved it along this week.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed a rule that would create a pay-for-performance system for end-stage renal disease facilities.
Tensions are rising among healthcare providers over two unresolved issues: the implementation of Medicare Part B therapy caps and an impending 21% pay cut to Medicare physicians.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday disclosed positive results from three-so-called pay-for-performance demonstrations at hospitals and physician practices. Now it wants to see if financial incentives also will help nursing homes improve or deliver high-quality care.