A long-term care provider that requested clearance for a system of paying an agency to refer patients is in the clear.
A large number of rehabilitation patients seek hospital care shortly after being discharged from a nursing facility, according to recently published research.
Nearly half of post-acute providers anticipate they will be acquired by an organization with better technological capabilities in 2015, according to survey results released today.
Skilled nursing facilities that implement a telemedicine service and teach staff to use it could reduce their hospital readmissions, but current payment systems do not encourage this, according to a forthcoming study in Health Affairs.
New revisions to the Medicare Claims Processing manual are intended to clarify requirements for hospice providers operating in skilled nursing facilities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced recently.
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Skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies are among 232 healthcare providers that have entered into agreements to take part in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday.
A Medicare expenditure for an episode of post-hospital care in 2008 ranged from about $5,700 to $14,500, depending on how the episode was defined, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
A nonprofit senior housing and care provider can continue to pay an agency for referring new residents, despite concerns related to anti-kickback laws, according to a newly released government opinion.
Home health providers should be subject to Medicare reimbursement penalties based on hospital readmission rates, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
New construction funding for skilled nursing facilities remains scarce, but lenders say they will listen if operators present a convincing case for building.
Charges from whistleblowers have led to a $48 million settlement between operator The Ensign Group and the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement was one of the largest of its kind, according to U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr.
Omega Healthcare Investors closed a $525 million deal to acquire 55 skilled nursing facilities.
Skilled nursing facilities and other post-acute providers would be eligible to participate in a Medicare bundled payment system proposed in a House of Representatives bill unveiled Thursday.
In seeking Medicare reimbursement, skilled nursing facilities should not claim that therapy was to maintain a patient's condition if documentation reflected only an improvement goal, according to officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Senior living providers that use AR financing should be aware that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sec. 232 program, better known as HUD LEAN, has recently announced substantial changes to loan documents. Among those changes are significant revisions to the accounts receivable financing documents.
Policymakers should freeze Medicare hospice reimbursements for 2015, according to recommendations supported by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
A California physician received kickbacks from skilled nursing facilities as part of a large-scale scheme to defraud government health programs, authorities announced Friday. Ovid Mercene, M.D., pleaded guilty to the fraud and related tax charges in U.S. District Court.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has recommended a 4% reduction in skilled nursing facility payments in 2016, prompting an outcry from providers.
The federal government has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that a large hospitalist company systematically overbilled government health programs, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.
Improved transitions between acute and post-acute settings are partly responsible for continuing nationwide declines in hospital readmission rates, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
A newly developed "electronic brief" has been designed to improve the quality of incontinence care in skilled nursing facilities, according to a report from the Australian Associated Press.
Kindred Healthcare, one of the nation's largest long-term care operators, has completed the first phase of a repositioning plan and is entering a period of growth, company leaders recently announced.
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.
Certain skilled nursing facilities could provide Medicare-covered services to beneficiaries without a preceding hospital stay, under a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.
One in four nursing home residents on Medicare was hospitalized in 2011, costing the program $14.3 billion, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. In light of its findings, the OIG has recommended a new quality measure to track hospital admissions.
More than 6,000 skilled nursing facilities achieved notable gains in the first year of the American Health Care Association's Quality Initiative, the provider association announced yesterday.
Skilled nursing facilities account for few of the problematic Medicare claims that are related to beneficiaries who were deceased at the time they supposedly received services, according to a new government report.
AlixaRx, a young pharmacy company, announced it is now servicing more than 100 post-acute care facilities. In less than a year in existence, AlixaRx dispensed more than 6 million doses to over 20,000 patients from its on-site dispensing systems, company officials said.
Omnicare, the nation's largest provider of long-term care pharmacy services, has agreed to pay $120 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit over Medicare Part A drug pricing, the company announced Wednesday. The settlement likely is one of the largest in a whistleblower case in which the government did not intervene, according to Frederick Morgan, one of Gale's attorneys at the firm Morgan Verkamp LLC.