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COMS partners with Remedy

COMS Interactive LLC has announced a collaboration with Remedy Partners Inc. around the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program.

Ensign split hurts earnings

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The Ensign Group's annual results for 2013 came in just under management's guidance for the first time in the company's history, the provider announced.

Obama budget cuts provider payments

Obama budget cuts provider payments

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Presidents usually release budgets for reasons that have less to do with spreadsheets than legacies. President Obama's fiscal year 2015 spending plan is no different. The $3.9 trillion proposal offers a partisan blueprint for improving jobs, the economy and the nation's long-term fiscal outlook.

Expert panel recommends functional status quality measures for skilled nursing facilities

Expert panel recommends functional status quality measures for skilled nursing facilities

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An expert panel convened by federal regulators has offered recommendations for functional status quality measures in skilled nursing facilities. Released Friday was a summary of the experts' advice to create a functional status quality measure in SNFs, as well as inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals.

Bill affecting skilled nursing facility payments, ICD-10 deadline passes House in controversial vote

Bill affecting skilled nursing facility payments, ICD-10 deadline passes House in controversial vote

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A bill linking skilled nursing facilities' Medicare payments to hospital readmissions passed the House of Representatives Thursday, through a voting method that provoked outrage from some legislators. The measure also would extend the ICD-10 transition period and prevent a looming physician pay cut.

Mother, daughter dead after apparent murder-suicide at San Francisco nursing home

Mother, daughter dead after apparent murder-suicide at San Francisco nursing home

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A resident and her daughter died of gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide at a skilled nursing facility in San Francisco, according to local authorities.

White House proposes 'accelerated' skilled nursing facility payment cuts

White House proposes 'accelerated' skilled nursing facility payment cuts

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The White House's proposed 2015 budget includes sharp cuts to skilled nursing facility reimbursements, which has drawn strong criticism from the nation's largest long-term care provider group. To cut federal spending on healthcare by $402 billion, the White House seeks to "encourage efficient post-acute care by adjusting payment updates for certain post-acute providers."

Hospitalized seniors likely to need family help, study finds

Hospitalized seniors likely to need family help, study finds

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Nearly half of hospitalized seniors facing a major treatment decision require help from family members, a new study finds.

Ground-level falls lead to high rates of SNF admission, return trips to the hospital, study finds

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Even if they do not hit the ground from a great height, elderly people who seek hospital care for a fall commonly go on to a skilled nursing facility, according to a recently published study. These seniors also have a greater risk of returning to the hospital and have a significantly elevated risk of dying, the researchers found.

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, long-term care firebrand

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, long-term care firebrand

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When Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Feb. 2, the world lost one of its great actors — and one of the most persuasive voices to speak out about the pitfalls of the changing long-term care system in the United States.

CMS: Nursing home Medicare cuts helped keep healthcare spending at historic low levels

CMS: Nursing home Medicare cuts helped keep healthcare spending at historic low levels

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Dramatic Medicare cuts to skilled nursing facilities played a significant part in keeping healthcare spending low in 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Monday.

Federal court upholds $10k fine for suicide

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A $10,000 fine levied against a skilled nursing facility that allowed a suicidal resident to leave the building and then kill himself will stand, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Proposal for full LTC coverage

Proposal for full LTC coverage

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Congressional lawmakers have introduced a bill to launch a single-payer healthcare system that would include universal long-term care coverage.

Dallas utility company leaves nursing home without power over cold weekend

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A Dallas skilled nursing facility went without power for days due to an apparent breakdown in communications with a utility company, according to local reports.

Ask the care expert ... about hospice rules

Ask the care expert ... about hospice rules

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I heard the rules recently changed related to hospice. Do you know what will be included?

SNF workers ill, hurt most often

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Nursing home workers own the worst rates of employee injuries and illnesses among U.S. workforces, notes a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Discharge to a skilled nursing facility lowers readmission rate for those with dementia, study finds

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People with dementia who are discharged from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility are less likely to be readmitted than those discharged to other settings, according to recently published research.

CMS clarifies Medicare payment rules for SNF to SNF ambulance transportation

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A skilled nursing facility discharging a Medicare Part A resident to another SNF is responsible for ambulance transportation fees, and no separate Part B claim should be made for that service, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid stated in a recent memorandum.

Ambulance company reaches $8 million settlement to resolve charges over improper skilled nursing facility arrangements

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The nation's second-largest ambulance services company has reached a settlement agreement over whistleblower charges of improper business dealings with skilled nursing facilities, Rural/Metro Corporation announced Tuesday.

Resident's gruesome death warrants steep fines: court

Resident's gruesome death warrants steep fines: court

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was justified in fining a Kentucky skilled nursing facility $4,050 a day for three months following a resident's death, a U.S. Appeals Court recently ruled.

Close, specific hospital-SNF partnerships drive down readmission rates, researchers find

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A strong relationship between a hospital and a skilled nursing facility reduces the readmission rate among patients discharged to that SNF, according to recently published research.

The impact of the employer mandate delay

The impact of the employer mandate delay

October has proven to be a big month for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the launch of the public exchanges and the political maneuverings in Washington. Although many in the healthcare industry welcomed the delay of ACA's employer mandate, it's important to understand how decisions your organization makes in 2014 will impact 2015.

More liberal sexual expression policies are needed for person-centered care in nursing homes, researchers find

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Current approaches to sexual expression do not fit into the culture change movement toward more person-centered care in nursing facilities and similar settings, according to a recently published report.

Proton-pump inhibitors increase risk of nosocomial C. diff infection: study

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People who take proton-pump inhibitor medications are at increased risk for developing a Clostridium difficile infection, according to a recently published study that supports previous findings.

Bill would end hospital inpatient requirement for SNF Medicare coverage

Bill would end hospital inpatient requirement for SNF Medicare coverage

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Medicare beneficiaries would be eligible for Part A coverage of skilled nursing care without a preceding hospital stay under a new bill introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA).

CMS clarifies recent hospice, discharge assessment regulations

CMS clarifies recent hospice, discharge assessment regulations

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently addressed provider questions related to regulations pertaining to discharge assessments and agreements between skilled nursing and hospice providers.

Renovating for rehab

Renovating for rehab

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A renovated facility is now in harmony with its surroundings, offering residents tranquility and motivation during their rehabilitation.

CMS final rule: SNFs to receive $30 million less in Medicare payments than initially proposed

CMS final rule: SNFs to receive $30 million less in Medicare payments than initially proposed

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A Medicare payment rate update will increase aggregate skilled nursing facility reimbursements by $470 million during fiscal year 2014, according to a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Fix flaws before changing nursing home pay: AHCA says

Fix flaws before changing nursing home pay: AHCA says

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should consider a higher market basket update for nursing homes due to improper calculations that could be costing providers, the American Health Care Association maintains.

Limits on telehealth will stay, CMS says

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Medicare will stick with reimbursing only one telehealth visit per month for skilled nursing facility residents, according to a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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