Skilled Nursing Facility

COPD patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility are twice as likely to die within a year

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People who go to a skilled nursing facility after being hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are about twice as likely to die within a year, according to recently released findings.

Court green-lights charges that a healthcare network underused observation stays

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A whistleblower can continue to pursue charges that a Nevada healthcare network routinely admitted people as hospital inpatients when they should have been placed in observation status, a federal appeals court recently ruled.

Good performance on SNF quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions, study finds

Good performance on SNF quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions, study finds

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A skilled nursing facility that scores well on quality measures is not necessarily reducing residents' risk of death or readmission within 30 days of arriving from a hospital, according to findings in the latest issue of the American Medical Association journal JAMA.

Dated technology can cause communication rifts: study

Dated technology can cause communication rifts: study

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Outmoded methods of communication between caregivers may be responsible for significant amounts of wasted time during shifts, resulting in inefficient patient transfers and hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue each year, according to a new survey.

SNFs limited in disasters

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Skilled care facilities officially tabbed "alternate care sites" may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, according to a report that examines hospital disaster planning.

CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis

CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis

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A new Medicare hospice manual update includes instructions for which principal diagnosis codes are acceptable, and clarifies which codes should be used for services in a skilled versus non-skilled nursing facility. Billing staffs should be aware of these changes, which go into effect Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stated in an educational memorandum sent Friday via email.

Empowering nurse practitioners could reduce hospitalizations from SNFs, study finds

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Granting more authority to nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents, according to recently published findings.

CMS: Many skilled nursing providers have poor Medicare certification and recertification practices

CMS: Many skilled nursing providers have poor Medicare certification and recertification practices

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The rate of improper Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities has increased largely due to issues with certification and recertification statements, according to a recently released government memorandum. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services document summarizes requirements that SNF physicians, non-physician practitioners (NPPs) and billing staffs must meet for compliance.

Sentara Life Care launches $16.9M replacement project

Sentara Life Care, the senior services division of Sentara Healthcare, will replace the skilled nursing facility and assisted living village on its 11-acre campus. The Sentara Healthcare board of directors approved $16.9 million for capital funding.

Capital Funding Group closes three financing deals

Capital Funding Group — a provider of financing solutions for multifamily properties and healthcare facilities — recently closed three separate deals in July.

Hospitals in the Midwest refer patients to the broadest networks of skilled nursing facilities, study finds

Hospitals in the Midwest refer patients to the broadest networks of skilled nursing facilities, study finds

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Midwestern hospitals spread referrals to the greatest variety of skilled nursing facilities and tap their favorite SNFs least often, according to a recently published analysis of nationwide referral patterns.

The benefits of a successful discharge plan

The benefits of a successful discharge plan

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It is critical to have a solid system for discharge planning that begins even before the resident is admitted to the facility. Individualized, resident-centered discharge planning will provide a solid system for quality transition and a crucial component of care at the preadmission assessment process.

SNF Medicare rate rises 2%

SNF Medicare rate rises 2%

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The government has proposed increasing skilled nursing facility Medicare payments by $750 million in fiscal 2015.

Design Decisions: A rehab project indeed

Design Decisions: A rehab project indeed

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Saber does not rattle its short-term residents because it gives them what they want: amenities, privacy and more living options

Hospice care scrutinized

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Medicare would increase hospice reimbursements by 1.3% in fiscal year 2015 under a payment rate proposed in May. This would be a $230 million boost, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Jury hands down $3.3 million verdict against CO nursing home in negligence case

Jury hands down $3.3 million verdict against CO nursing home in negligence case

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An 82-year-old skilled nursing facility resident and his family have been awarded $3.3 million by a Colorado jury after finding the Pueblo-based Belmont Lodge Health Care Center guilty of negligence.

More than half of skilled nursing facility rehab residents classified under Ultra-High, CMS finds

More than half of skilled nursing facility rehab residents classified under Ultra-High, CMS finds

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Skilled nursing facility therapy billings in the Ultra-High RUG category increased steadily in recent years and passed a significant threshold in 2013, according to a government memorandum.

Medicare hospice payments set to increase; Washington Post ties payment system to lack of care for suffering patients

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A troubling proportion of hospices fail to provide skilled nursing care to patients approaching death or who are experiencing a crisis such as increased pain, according to a lengthy Washington Post article published Saturday. The Post report appeared one day after the government proposed increasing Medicare hospice payments in 2015.

CMS: Medicare rate will increase 2% in 2015, boosting skilled nursing facility reimbursements by $750 million

CMS: Medicare rate will increase 2% in 2015, boosting skilled nursing facility reimbursements by $750 million

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Medicare would increase skilled nursing facility reimbursements by $750 million in 2015 under an updated payment rate proposed Thursday. CMS also will begin tying reimbursements to new statistical area designations set by the Office of Management and Budget.

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.

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