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Froyo funding for long-term care

Froyo funding for long-term care

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I have been blessed with an astute business mind, and am always on the lookout for new pricing models for long-term care. I know we're in this profession for love, not money. But no margin, no mission, as they say. Which is much better than what they used to say — no profit, no point.

Episode-based payment the focus of Sept. 23 McKnight's webinar

Episode-based payment the focus of Sept. 23 McKnight's webinar

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As value-based payment and delivery models take hold in Medicare, providers must shift their focus from managing stays to managing episodes of care. Experts from Avalere Health leading a McKnight's Sept. 23 free webinar will delve into how key episode-level data can help long-term care managers form strategies for participating in new models and networks.

It's not all bad news coming from MedPAC

It's not all bad news coming from MedPAC

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A funny thing happened on the way to a semi-annual eye-rolling over a MedPAC report. It gave me reason to sit up with interest. Even more unlikely, it contained information that made some long-term care providers happy.

Why nursing homes won't be catching many breaks this year

Why nursing homes won't be catching many breaks this year

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When you talk to experts in this field about the year ahead, an unsettling pattern soon emerges. Almost everyone seems fairly confident that regulators will be taking a much closer look at operators.

Not angry about the LTC Commission's report? You should be

Not angry about the LTC Commission's report? You should be

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It's hard to comment on the Commission on Long-Term Care's just-submitted report without getting hacked off. Really, really hacked off. To call it a fool's errand would be to insult misdirected dimwits.

Forecast error costs SNFs $320 million

Forecast error costs SNFs $320 million

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The nation's skilled nursing facilities can expect an aggregate $500 million boost in Medicare payments next year — $320 million less than the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed.

Long-term care providers ready to deal with 'doc fix'

Long-term care providers ready to deal with 'doc fix'

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If you hang around long enough, you learn there are only two things long-term care providers fear after Republicans and Democrats. That would be hospitals and doctors.

Three White House appointees complete Commission on Long-Term Care

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President Barack Obama has named the final three members of the Commission on Long-Term Care created as part of January's fiscal cliff deal.

Hospitals are releasing too soon, but nursing homes can seize opportunities to reduce readmissions, INTERACT creator says

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Nursing homes need to build relationships with their local hospitals to reduce unnecessary readmissions, cut costs and provide better care, a geriatric expert said Thursday.

Too much provider consolidation leads to higher healthcare costs, expert says

Too much provider consolidation leads to higher healthcare costs, expert says

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Healthcare providers are increasing coordination to reduce the cost of care, but overly zealous consolidation can actually end up costing more, an expert panelist said at a Monday briefing.

House Republicans aim to block board's Medicare authority

House Republicans aim to block board's Medicare authority

Republican House leaders say they will continue to fight a part of the healthcare reform law that could lead to Medicare spending reductions without direct input from Congress. The House was scheduled to vote on rules for the 113th Congress Thursday. Part of them would include a GOP-promoted package that would disallow powers of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

New provider payment system needed, nursing home alliance says

New provider payment system needed, nursing home alliance says

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As federal debt negotiations continued Wednesday, an industry group unveiled its three-part plan for reform in post-acute care.

Provider taxes; SNF payments increasing, state Medicaid GAO survey finds

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While many states have increased provider taxes since 2008, many also raised payment rates for skilled nursing facilities, according to a three-year study from the General Accountability Office.

Providers cannot appeal RAC efforts to re-open payment decisions, court says

Providers cannot appeal RAC efforts to re-open payment decisions, court says

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Medicare service providers cannot object to a Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor's (RAC) decision to re-open a payment decision, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Register for today's Super Tuesday payment webinar

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It's not too late to register for today's McKnight's Super Tuesday Webinar "2012 Reimbursement Update: The Least You Need to Know," which can earn you one free continuing education credit.

Majority of assisted living residents pay for their care out of their own incomes, survey finds

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Assisted living residents generally are from mid- to high-income households, and the majority can pay for care on their own, a survey released Friday reveals.

Stop the 'siloed' policy making for skilled nursing

Stop the 'siloed' policy making for skilled nursing

Last week, three reports issued by three separate government agencies made incongruent recommendations — or no recommendations at all — related to skilled nursing facility (SNF) patient care and policy. This spotlights precisely how federal policymaking is hampered by "siloed thinking."

The crowd is NOT gathering (no need online!), but they are signing up en masse for next week's Online Expo

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Providers from around the country are already making the sixth annual McKnight's Online Expo the most successful version yet. They have signed up in record numbers for the virtual trade show, which takes place next Wednesday and Thursday from the comfort of wherever your computer can get an Internet connection.

McKnight's Online Expo begins next week

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More registrants than ever are prepping for the fifth annual McKnight's Online Expo, which kicks off Wednesday and Thursday at a keyboard near you.

McKnight's Online Expo fast approaching

McKnight's Online Expo fast approaching

The sixth annual McKnight's Online Expo is almost ready to begin. More than 20 industry vendors will exhibit at this annual event, which runs March 21-22. Attendees again will be able to earn up to five free NAB-approved continuing education (CE) credits. Free registration is ongoing at McKnights.com or by clicking here. A record number of professionals have attended and earned thousands of CEs during the past three years. The virtual trade show will get operators up-to-speed on the hottest topics in long-term care: payment, capital, technology, wound care and quality.

House committee votes to repeal Medicare payment board

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act's Medicare payment board Tuesday morning.

Sixth annual McKnight's Online Expo returns, better than ever

Sixth annual McKnight's Online Expo returns, better than ever

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The McKnight's Online Expo returns for a sixth successful year with five educational webcasts March 21 and 22. After a successful debut last year, a series of six affiliated monthly "Super Tuesday" webcasts again will follow.

McKnight's Online Expo only three weeks away

McKnight's Online Expo only three weeks away

The sixth annual McKnight's Online Expo is almost ready to begin. More than 20 industry vendors will exhibit at this annual event, which runs March 21-22. Attendees again will be able to earn up to five free NAB-approved continuing education (CE) credits. Free registration is ongoing at McKnights.com or by clicking here. A record number of professionals have attended and earned thousands of CEs during the past three years. The virtual trade show will get operators up to speed on the hottest topics in long-term care: payment, capital, technology, wound care and quality.

McKnight's Annual Online Expo is almost here

McKnight's Annual Online Expo is almost here

The Sixth Annual McKnight's Online Expo is just around the corner. The virtual trade show will get you up-to-speed on the hottest topics in long-term care: payment, capital, technology, wound care and quality. The event kicks off Wednesday, March 21 and continues on March 22.

Medical necessity — slippery for some

Medical necessity — slippery for some

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Medical necessity has become a common phrase in healthcare terminology, but what exactly does it mean? Unfortunately, this term has become very subjective and is the primary reason we have been denied payment for services.

Final Super Tuesday webinar on MDS 3.0 to be held tomorrow

Final Super Tuesday webinar on MDS 3.0 to be held tomorrow

Is your facility scrambling to stay on top of possible Medicare changes with MDS 3.0? Let McKnights' last 2011 Super Tuesday webinar, "Keeping pace with the MDS 3.0," get you up to speed.

Blockbuster provider call Tuesday on 11.1% Medicare payment cut, MDS 3.0 changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a national provider call Tuesday on skilled nursing facility payment changes for 2012 based on the new MDS 3.0 assessment system. Officials have called for an average 11.1% payment cut to providers, causing an uproar in the long-term care community. A huge audience at this government-sponsored call is all but ensured. Pre-registration is necessary by Monday. EDITOR'S NOTE: This session has been filled; federal officials will be coming out shortly with details about another opportunity the afternoon of Sept. 1.

Super Tuesday 2 offering free CEUs at McKnight's 'Payment challenges & opportunities' special webcast

Providers will learn about "Payment challenges and opportunities" Tuesday at the next McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. Free CE credits will be offered for the first time. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. (Eastern) May 3 (this Tuesday) and will feature McKnight's "Ask the Payment Expert" columnist Patricia Boyer, MSN, NHA, RN, as well as top McKnight's editors. Free registration for the event is ongoing at www.mcknights.com/expo2011.

DAY TWO: Payment, quality webinars round out 5th Annual Online Expo

DAY TWO: Payment, quality webinars round out 5th Annual Online Expo

Record crowds on Wednesday attended the first day of the 5th Annual McKnight's Online Expo, which wraps up today with seminars focusing on payment issues and new quality initiatives. It's not too late to register for these events at www.mcknights.com/expo2011.

MedPAC recommendation of 0% pay increase for 2012 leaves long-term care providers fuming

Long-term care groups on Tuesday strongly criticized the latest round of recommendations to Congress from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

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