Skilled Nursing Care

Walters leads Friendship

Walters leads Friendship

Jessica Walters, MHA, LNHA, is the new administrator of Friendship Health and Rehab Center, a 373-bed skilled nursing facility in Roanoke, VA.

Senate bill would revamp 2-midnight rule for hospital inpatient admissions

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Providers' complaints about the so-called "two-midnight rule" for determining hospital inpatient status have led to a new bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate, which would create less rigid guidelines.

Design Decisions: Hitting the right notes

Design Decisions: Hitting the right notes

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Company's first big construction project overcomes challenges and plays on Nashville region's tastes for music, art and local attractions

Dedicated observation stay units could protect nursing home benefits, save hospitals $1 billion annually, researchers say

Dedicated observation stay units could protect nursing home benefits, save hospitals $1 billion annually, researchers say

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Specialized hospital units for patients under observation status could dramatically reduce the number of seniors forced to pay out-of-pocket for skilled nursing care, according to findings in the current issue of Health Affairs.

ACA put the brakes on spending across the care continuum, White House economists say

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Spending on healthcare, including skilled nursing care, has grown at a historically slow rate in the last three years, according to a new analysis from the Council of Economic Advisers. The group, which reports to the president, linked the slow growth to Affordable Care Act policies.

SNF Medicare Part A appeals increase, success rate holds steady: OIG report

SNF Medicare Part A appeals increase, success rate holds steady: OIG report

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Skilled nursing facilities have been filing more appeals related to Medicare Part A claim determinations since 2008, and the proportion of successful appeals has remained largely steady, according to a new government report.

House lawmakers call on CMS to delay rule limiting observation stays

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More than 100 members of the House of Representatives have called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to delay implementation of a new rule intended to limit the number of hospital patients under "observation" status.

Fewer Medicare Advantage plans in 2014, analysis finds

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There will be fewer Medicare Advantage plans in 2014, according to a new analysis. The number of plans will drop to 2,522, which is around a 5% decrease, according to Avalere Health. Medicare Advantage can cover skilled nursing stays, and enrollment was up in 2012.

Kill inpatient rule, use functional criteria to determine Medicare coverage for skilled nursing, leading geriatrician says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should consider providing Medicare skilled nursing coverage for a person with certain functional limitations, regardless of whether that person has been hospitalized, according to a new "Viewpoint" article in Journal of the American Medical Association.

Medicare should cover SNF stays without prior hospitalization, American Medical Association asserts

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The American Medical Association will work to change the 72-hour hospitalization requirement for Medicare Part A coverage of skilled nursing care. Delegates approved this resolution at the AMA annual conference in Chicago on Monday.

Senate confirms Tavenner as CMS administrator

Senate confirms Tavenner as CMS administrator

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Marilyn Tavenner has become the first confirmed head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in seven years. Advocates in the long-term care sector welcomed the news.