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.
To say skilled nursing facilities have come a long way would be, well, surprisingly refreshing. Public opinion polls show there is still a wide-spread misunderstanding of what SNFs do, how they are paid for what they do, and why it is so important to preserve the setting.
Hiring nurses with the right skill sets and maintaining proper staffing levels will be increasingly important from both quality of care and business standpoints, according to the leader of a prominent association of long-term care nurses.
Skilled nursing facilities with a high rate of employee satisfaction also have fewer survey deficiencies and a higher Five-Star quality rating, according to research announced yesterday at the American Health Care Association annual meeting in Phoenix.
Oxford Finance LLC has closed a $13 million senior secured term loan and $1.5 million revolving lined of credit to Ohio-based JAG Healthcare. The money will be used to acquire six skilled nursing facilities in Ohio, as well as working capital, the company said.
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One of the nation's largest providers of laboratory and X-ray services to skilled nursing facilities has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit alleging Medicare fraud.
When it came time for a website redesign, leaders wanted to show that Rose Garden Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Toms River, NJ, is a high-tech, state-of-the-art facility. They've accomplished this by working with Virtual Healthcare Tours, said Travis Burke, Rose Garden's IT specialist.
Diversicare is terminating its lease on 11 Arkansas nursing facilities, exiting that market after more than 20 years.
Federal regulators have added another layer of bureaucracy for hospice providers operating within skilled nursing facilities.
Skilled nursing facilities will see $470 million in aggregate 2014 Medicare reimbursements, which is $30 million less than projected in a proposed rule, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
As sharing of electronic health information becomes standard across all care settings, using technology may become a prerequisite for providers to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, according to a newly released government strategy document.
Recognizing the need to bring down hospital readmissions, AristaCare turned to eSNF's telemedicine solution a year ago. In seven out of 10 cases in which eSNF is used, an admission is avoided, says Steve Piszar, vice president of managed care and physician services at AristaCare.
The good news: Medicare's long-term solvency is likely to improve. The bad: This will likely happen at the expense of nursing homes.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission devoted a chapter of its June 2013 Congressional report to outpatient therapy recommendations, sparking concern.
Long-term care providers will need to draw up a strictly formatted contract with their hospice care partners, according to a final rule released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The regulation clarifies the details of each contract and is effective Aug. 26.
Prompted by a hearing of the House Ways & Means Committee, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living has reiterated a call for bipartisan action to reform Medicare without further steep reimbursement cuts.
Nursing home management agreements may run afoul of federal law, but it's hard to argue that having a third-party manager hurts resident care. That was the message from Judge Jon S. Tigar, who recently dismissed a complaint brought by nonprofit resident rights group California Advocates for Nursing Home Care.
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