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Expanding horizons to include telemedicine in skilled nursing facilities

Expanding horizons to include telemedicine in skilled nursing facilities

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, the author described how hospitals are using interactive video to give patients more access to medical care. So why not nursing homes?

The clock is ticking: Last week to enter McKnight's Tech Awards

The clock is ticking: Last week to enter McKnight's Tech Awards

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Long-term care providers that have used technology to achieve eldercare excellence still have a chance to earn well-deserved recognition — but only for a few more days. The submission period for the 3rd annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards ends Friday.

MedPAC urges rates blind to care setting

MedPAC urges rates blind to care setting

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Skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should receive equal payments for treating some conditions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission proposed in its latest report to Congress.

Housing & Healthcare Finance advises on $940M loan for Deutsche Bank

Housing & Healthcare Finance has advised on a $940 million loan for Deutsche Bank involving 167 skilled nursing facilities in 19 states, with significant concentrations in Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas.

Thorofare Capital arranges $9M loan for CA facilities

Thorofare Capital has arranged a $9 million short-term loan for a Los Angeles-based healthcare operator to refinance two of its LA-based skilled nursing facilities. The financing was used to fund nearly $300,000 in planned capital improvements for both properties and to retire existing senior secured term loans.

Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells Congress

Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells Congress

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Skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should receive the same payments for treating certain conditions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended in its latest report to Congress. The "site-neutral payment" proposal won praise from the nation's largest long-term care association.

New exchange technologies promise safer transitions to long-term care facilities

New exchange technologies promise safer transitions to long-term care facilities

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Long-term care facilities strive to provide each patient personalized care. Comprehensive care plans, honoring patient preferences and tailoring services to patients are critical aspects to achieving the healthcare goals of patients and their care providers.

Dual eligibles more likely to go from hospitals to lower quality nursing homes, referral process might need reform, researchers say

Dual eligibles more likely to go from hospitals to lower quality nursing homes, referral process might need reform, researchers say

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People eligible both for Medicare and Medicaid go to lower-quality nursing homes after being hospitalized at a rate higher than Medicare-only patients, according to researchers from Brown and Harvard universities.

Hospitals object to collecting their own data as part of post-acute reform, urge revisions to draft legislation

Hospitals object to collecting their own data as part of post-acute reform, urge revisions to draft legislation

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Hospitals should not be required to collect patient assessment data as part of an effort to revamp post-acute care, the leader of the American Hospital Association argued in a recent letter to top Congressional lawmakers.

Managed care experts wanted

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Skilled nursing facilities could take major hits to their bottom lines unless a coordinator is on top of managed care contracts, a prominent healthcare consultant said last month at the American College of Health Care Administrators annual meeting in Las Vegas.

People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers find

People with dementia are 20% more likely to be rehospitalized, antipsychotic use increases risk, researchers find

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Seniors are more likely to be rehospitalized within 30 days of discharge if they have dementia, and the risk increases if they are taking an antipsychotic medication, according to recently published research findings. The study also found that discharge to a skilled nursing facility reduced hospital readmission risk when compared to discharge with home health services.

Skilled nursing edges toward 90% occupancy, absorption rate makes first gain in nearly a decade, NIC data shows

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Skilled nursing facilities' occupancy rate continued to tick up in the first three months of 2014, while absorption flipped into positive territory for the first time in almost a decade, according to the latest quarterly figures from the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

Senators press for SNF survey changes in light of adverse events report

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The skilled nursing facility survey process is failing to ensure resident safety and needs to be improved, two prominent senators said in a recent letter to the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Nurses who don't pay taxes or student loans could trigger penalties for SNFs, expert says

Nurses who don't pay taxes or student loans could trigger penalties for SNFs, expert says

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Registered nurses who default on a student loan or fail to pay taxes could put a skilled nursing facility in the crosshairs of federal fraud investigators, a compliance expert told an audience Sunday at the American College of Health Care Administrators annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Emergency prep rule for long-term care should specify amount of supplies to have on hand, advocacy group says

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Long-term care facilities should have specified amounts of fuel and supplies on hand as part of a forthcoming regulation on disaster preparedness, a prominent consumer advocacy group argues.

White House spending plan less than industry hoped for

White House spending plan less than industry hoped for

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In every White House budget, there are winners and losers. Unfortunately for providers, long-term care again falls into the latter category. All told, President Obama's $3.9 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2015 would cut funding for healthcare by $402 billion over the next decade.

Senate passes 'doc fix' bill that links skilled nursing facility payments to hospital readmissions, delays ICD-10

Senate passes 'doc fix' bill that links skilled nursing facility payments to hospital readmissions, delays ICD-10

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Both houses of Congress now have passed legislation to tie skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018. The Senate approved the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014" in a 64 to 35 vote Monday evening. Prominent long-term care provider associations LeadingAge and the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living supported the bill.

CMS is failing to ensure that terminated skilled nursing facilities and other providers are not billing Medicaid, watchdog agency says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to do a better job of ensuring that terminated Medicaid providers in a particular state, including skilled nursing facilities, don't reappear in another state, according to a new government report.

RACs recovered $8,000 from skilled nursing facilities, $2.3 billion overall in 2012, report shows

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Medicare recovery audit contractors collected about $8,000 in fiscal year 2012 through a skilled nursing facility claims review pilot, according to a recently released annual report to Congress.

Large number of hospitalizations could be prevented for cognitively impaired residents on feeding tubes, researchers find

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Residents of long-term care facilities who are cognitively impaired and on feeding tubes have high numbers of potentially preventable emergency room visits and hospitalizations, according to newly published research findings.

Most continuing care retirement communities are not 'isolating' settings, CMS clarifies in guidance on recent regulation

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Continuing care retirement communities don't create the same problem of isolation as skilled nursing facilities, according to new guidance on a recently finalized Medicaid regulation.

OIG focuses on nursing homes' quality of care in 'priorities' report

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To best protect federal health programs, more action should be taken to improve nursing home quality, a new government report asserts.

Standardized tool for assessing post-acute care is floated in House and Senate

Standardized tool for assessing post-acute care is floated in House and Senate

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Lawmakers in both houses of Congress have unveiled a draft bill calling for post-acute care providers to furnish standard assessment data, with the goals of enabling better quality oversight and driving Medicare payment reform. The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees on Tuesday introduced companion versions of the "Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014" (IMPACT Act).

Skilled nursing operator to pay $1 million over claims it failed to pay overtime, allow breaks

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Compass Health has agreed to a $1.1 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging that the skilled nursing provider did not pay overtime or allow workers to take needed breaks.

Rehab providers offer study results to argue against site-neutral payments

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Patients generally have better clinical outcomes and live longer if they are treated in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital rather than a skilled nursing facility, according to a study commissioned by the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. The findings show why IRFs should be reimbursed at a higher Medicare rate than SNFs, the trade association argued when releasing the results Tuesday.

MedPAC holds off on recommendation for site-neutral payments for post-acute care

MedPAC holds off on recommendation for site-neutral payments for post-acute care

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission discussed equalizing reimbursements for different post-acute providers but did not issue a formal recommendation at a meeting last week. This was the second time in recent months that MedPAC has taken up the topic of reimbursing skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities at the same level for certain services.

Referral fees OK, says OIG

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A long-term care provider that requested clearance for a system of paying an agency to refer patients is in the clear.

More than 20% of Medicare beneficiaries seek hospital care within a month of nursing home discharge, researchers find

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A large number of rehabilitation patients seek hospital care shortly after being discharged from a nursing facility, according to recently published research.

Many post-acute providers anticipate being acquired by more tech-savvy competitors, survey shows

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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.

Telemedicine reduces nursing homes' hospital readmissions if staff engagement is high, researchers find

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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.

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