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RACs collected nearly $2 million from skilled nursing facilities last year, report shows

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Recovery Audit Contractors recovered $1.8 million in Medicare overpayments made to skilled nursing facilities in fiscal year 2013, according to a Congressional report released Monday.

MedPAC chairman: Three-day stay requirement is 'archaic'

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The government should pay for skilled nursing care without a preliminary three-day hospital stay, and the recovery auditor program should be reformed, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members said at a meeting Friday.

SNFs may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, report on Katrina and Midwest floods shows

SNFs may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, report on Katrina and Midwest floods shows

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Disaster preparation plans should not necessarily count on skilled nursing facilities to handle additional patients that hospitals cannot accommodate, according to newly published findings.

AdCare shifts business plan

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AdCare Health Systems plans to divest its senior living properties and become a holding company, the firm announced.

CMS: Discharge assessments must be completed when residents transfer to a non-certified bed within the nursing facility

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Skilled nursing facilities must complete a discharge assessment when a resident is transferred from a certified to a non-certified bed, even if both beds are in the same building, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services emphasizes in a recent memorandum.

CMS needs to get nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems, Congressional leaders say

CMS needs to get nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems, Congressional leaders say

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Federal regulators should start collecting nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems as soon as possible, members of the Congressional Seniors Task Force said in a letter to a top healthcare official Tuesday.

Introduced bill calls for mandated hospice inspections

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Hospices would need to undergo an inspection every three years under a bill introduced by a New York congressman.

Medicare SNF rate finalized, reimbursements to increase by $750 million next year

Medicare SNF rate finalized, reimbursements to increase by $750 million next year

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Medicare skilled nursing facility reimbursements will increase by $750 million next year under a final payment rule announced Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Better accuracy in AL medication management

Better accuracy in AL medication management

The key to successful medication management is improving processes on multiple fronts so that staff members are more comfortable, confident, efficient and effective.

Skilled nursing facility trends contribute to improved Medicare outlook, Congressional report says

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The Medicare trust fund is on track to remain solvent until 2030, trustees of the program stated in a Congressional report released Monday. This improved outlook is due in part to revised expectations about the case mix in skilled nursing facilities.

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.

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