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In the wake of a nursing home double-homicide: How to meet mental health needs and prevent violence

In the wake of a nursing home double-homicide: How to meet mental health needs and prevent violence

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News of the recent double-homicide in a Houston nursing home arrived the morning I was to speak to a group gathered to address the needs of younger residents in long-term care. It didn't escape anyone in the audience how serious this topic is. What can organizations do to respond to this terrible news and to reduce the chances that a similar situation could happen in their facilities? Plenty.

Nursing home slapped with $1.5 million fine in case over smoking policy enforcement, supervision

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A Virginia nursing home faces a $1.45 million verdict in a negligence suit involving a former resident who sustained severe burns.

OnShift announces new analytic capabilities

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Staff scheduling and labor management software company OnShift announced a new release meant to support Affordable Care Act compliance requirements.

What would Jack Bauer do?

What would Jack Bauer do?

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In the now-infamous case of an independent living facility's policy on CPR, the simple perception is that a woman was dying and needed CPR. Sound and prudent judgment would have been to perform it, or move out of the way and get someone else to do it.

Election Day: Moment at hand for the future of healthcare funding and coverage

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After more than a year on the campaign trail, it all comes down to Tuesday. Elections across the country, topped by the battle for the presidency, will take place. The results could set in motion the framework for new regulatory and reimbursement processes for long-term care and other providers. Or they could further reforms already begun. Dozens of key U.S. congressional races also will be of interest to providers. Beyond the typical local implications, elected members of Congress will be able to dictate the direction of any national agenda for healthcare and funding reform.

LeadingAge gets a 911 call

LeadingAge gets a 911 call

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You could soak up plenty of what you'd want to hear at a conference Monday at the LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Summit: discussions ranging from leadership and policy to payments.

Compliance Store makes changes that aid site navigation

Compliance Store makes changes that aid site navigation

The Compliance Store recently revamped its website. Improvements include easier navigation, tab restructuring, site videos, and additional customer-friendly features. Compliance Store staff research more than 60 regulatory/government websites each day in order to compile regulatory and policy updates.

NLRB offers guidance on social media policies and practices for nursing homes

NLRB offers guidance on social media policies and practices for nursing homes

The National Labor Relation Board's Acting General Counsel has released a report summarizing a number of recent NLRB decisions involving employers' restrictions on employee use of social media. They provide insight as to how the NLRB is currently reviewing social media issues that impact employee rights.

Providers, states, policy makers face tough decisions over expiration of matching Medicaid funding

Today is the first day without Medicaid's extended, inflated matching pay rates of the last two years, a scenario that has state officials and providers worrying about what will come next. The bigger FMAP rates were part of the 2009 stimulus package. Originally, the extra pay was to end in December 2010, but then it was continued, on a declining basis, through Thursday. Some policy wonks are suggesting the rates simply be extended, with states paying back Uncle Sam when their economies recover. Budget hawks, meanwhile, have resisted efforts to extend the more generous rates. Providers are concerned about ever tighter Medicaid funding and are lobbying their respective lawmakers about it. Medicaid is the single largest payer of nursing home services in the United States.

Slow economy didn't stop new assisted living regulations in 2009: report

A new review of state assisted living regulations finds that the economic downturn hasn't slowed the development of new Medicaid and assisted living policy changes.

Nursing home lobbyists urge lawmakers for change but don't expect long-term care reform

Nursing home lobbyists urge lawmakers for change but don't expect long-term care reform

Hundreds of nursing home owners and operators blitzed congressional buildings in Washington on Thursday, pressing lawmakers for better Medicare payments, a halt to post-acute payment bundling system talk and other improvements. But one thing they weren't expecting to make much progress on was long-term care reform.

Healthcare officials eliminate nursing home assessment protocols

Healthcare officials eliminate nursing home assessment protocols

It's a wrap on RAPs. Resident Assessment Protocols (RAPs) will be eliminated under a new assessment regimen in development, an official with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on Thursday.

DAY 2: Last day of McKnight's Online Expo to feature webcasts on marketplace, and Medicare and Medicaid

DAY 2: Last day of McKnight's Online Expo to feature webcasts on marketplace, and Medicare and Medicaid

President Barack Obama in a press conference Tuesday night argued that the only way to balance the budget is to address the nation's rising healthcare costs. Medicare and Medicaid, the big government payers of long-term care, and the housing market will be the subjects of McKnight's Online Expo on its final day today.

DAY ONE: McKnight's third annual Online Expo to kick off with webcasts on technology, wound care and payment

DAY ONE: McKnight's third annual Online Expo to kick off with webcasts on technology, wound care and payment

The third annual online trade show for the long-term care field starts today with a whole range of educational webcasts and virtual vendor booths. It's not too late to register for the two-day event at www.mcknights.com/expo.

New bills would provide nursing homes with funding for disaster relief and sprinkler systems

One new federal bill would expand the scope of disaster relief to include for-profit nursing homes, while another would help fund the installation of sprinkler systems.

ONE DAY TO GO: Medicare, Medicaid face drastic cuts under new administration, McKnight's Online Expo to address programs as they affect long-term care

ONE DAY TO GO: Medicare, Medicaid face drastic cuts under new administration, McKnight's Online Expo to address programs as they affect long-term care

Under President Obama's budget plan, Medicare and Medicaid spending would be slashed by up to $295 billion over the next 10 years, the Congressional Budget Office has estimated.

Senators introduce transparency bill and GAO report revealing under-funded survey system

Senators introduce transparency bill and GAO report revealing under-funded survey system

A new Government Accountability Office report shows that the survey and certification system lacks the funding necessary to keep pace with its oversight responsibilities. Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Herb Kohl (D-WI) on Thursday released the report in conjunction with the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act of 2009, a bill that inflamed nursing home providers when it was initially introduced last year.

Provider groups oppose MedPAC recommendation for FY 2010 nursing home rate freeze

Provider groups oppose MedPAC recommendation for FY 2010 nursing home rate freeze

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommended to Congress Tuesday that skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities not receive a reimbursement rate increase for fiscal year 2010. The recommendation angered nursing home providers.

U.S. News' rating system for nursing homes builds on government's 'five-star' model

Alaska has the largest percentage of five-star rated facilities in the United States, while Louisiana has the lowest. That is according to U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Nursing Homes rankings. The list expands on information from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Nursing Home Compare Web site, which houses the new "five-star" rating system.

Regulators delaying new MDS 3.0 nursing home payment system to 'minimize confusion'

Regulators delaying new MDS 3.0 nursing home payment system to 'minimize confusion'

Federal healthcare regulators on Thursday announced a sweeping round of delays for an updated tool to enhance the nursing home payment system. The rollout of MDS 3.0 is now targeted for October 2010 and other intermediary steps are being pushed back, officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said.

Opinion: the five-star nursing home rating system is bad policy, hastily implemented

Opinion: the five-star nursing home rating system is bad policy, hastily implemented

A good idea does not necessarily good policy make. For proof, look no further than the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services' recently unveiled Five-Star rating system for nursing homes.

McKnight's Online Expo offers free continuing education units for the first time

McKnight's Online Expo offers free continuing education units for the first time

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In this down-turned economy, when most things seem to be getting more difficult to accomplish or acquire, there is one high-quality endeavor bucking the trend: McKnight's Online Expo.

Federal court finds 17 Indiana nursing home violations were not issued maliciously

A federal appeals court has ruled against an Indiana nursing home, which successfully contested 16 of 17 Medicaid-participation and state licensing violations. The court did not find that state health department officials had issued citations out of malice.

New rule hindering suits against nursing homes goes unnoticed

A recent article in The Washington Post sheds light on a quietly enacted last-minute Bush policy that hinders the prosecution of cases against nursing homes.

McKnight's Online Expo to offer continuing education credits

McKnight's Online Expo to offer continuing education credits

The American Health Care Association and the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care Monday reiterated the importance of reforming the long-term care payment system. McKnight's' readers can learn more about payment and policy issues during the McKnight's Online Expo March 25-26.

Obama issues pro-union orders

Obama issues pro-union orders

President Obama issued a series of pro-labor executive orders Friday, sparking new worries for providers and other employers that even more pro-union action could be forthcoming.

New York pushes back against home-care benefits rule

The state of New York is urging the Obama administration to overturn a rule that denies couples receiving home care the same financial rights as those in nursing homes.

Congressional Budget Office analyzes long-term care policies

States may not have the infrastructure to support a potential increase in home- and community-based services, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The agency released a report highlighting the projected costs and ramifications of more than 100 healthcare policies, including many proposed for long-term care.

Five-star nursing home rating system kicks off with controversy

Five-star nursing home rating system kicks off with controversy

The head of one provider organization reacted negatively Wednesday to the way the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has handled the launch of a new five-star rating system for nursing homes. The program is scheduled to launch today.

Nursing homes to be notified of initial 'five-star' ratings starting Monday

Nursing homes to be notified of initial 'five-star' ratings starting Monday

Nursing home operators on Monday will begin receiving advance notice of their first ratings in federal regulators' new "five-star" system, officials said during a conference call Thursday.

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