Skilled Nursing

Rides for loved ones a reasonable benefit, AHCA claims

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Operators should be able to offer free or discounted rides to the loved ones of residents being transported to skilled care facilities, asserts a letter from the American Health Care Association.

Carsen named admin at Covenant Village

Carsen named admin at Covenant Village

Todd M. Carsen is the new healthcare administrator at Covenant Village of Golden Valley, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities.

Daybreak Venture to pay $360,000 settlement over employment of excluded workers

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Skilled nursing operator Daybreak Venture has agreed to pay more than $357,000 to settle charges that it employed workers excluded from federal health programs, authorities recently announced.

Skilled nursing dealmaking continues to be strong, average price per unit hits $78,000

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The trend of strong merger and acquisition activity in the senior housing market has not abated, with the average price per skilled nursing unit up 7% from a year ago. This is according to the latest quarterly figures from business intelligence firm Irving Levin Associates Inc.

Also in the news for Nov. 6, 2014 . . .

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AVIV makes $305 million skilled nursing deal on heels of Omega merger ... Only 2 in 5 people discuss long-term care preferences with loved ones, survey finds

Omega purchases Aviv REIT for $3 billion

Omega purchases Aviv REIT for $3 billion

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Omega Healthcare Investors is poised to own nearly 875 skilled nursing properties across 41 states, following its merger with Aviv REIT in a $3 billion deal announced Friday. The combination of the powerhouse REITs is just the latest mega-deal in the long-term care sector, and it signals further consolidation is coming.

Falls are top reason for lawsuits against skilled nursing facilities, report states

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Resident falls continue to present the greatest risk of lawsuits to skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care providers, according to a recently released report from insurance company CNA.

Guess who's asking whether to discontinue skilled care?

Guess who's asking whether to discontinue skilled care?

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The audience member had a question that in previous years would have been found at the corner of Blasphemy and Crazytalk. She wanted to know whether it would be advisable to drop skilled care from her nonprofit organization's portfolio. Not too long ago, that might have been like Toyota asking if it should make cars without seats.

Not your mother's (or father's) nursing practice

Not your mother's (or father's) nursing practice

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A while back I was asked to speak to a group of graduating nurses — new to practice and excited to start their careers. As I spoke, I gave insights from Florence Nightingale and the changing face of healthcare. I was feeling confident that I had inspired them to spread their wings, expand their practice; the world was their oyster, as the saying goes.

Nonprofit providers face alarming market forces, must rally, LeadingAge chairman says

Nonprofit providers face alarming market forces, must rally, LeadingAge chairman says

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Nonprofit long-term care providers must work together to address alarming trends, or their market share could plummet and the sector as a whole could falter, LeadingAge Chairman David Gehm told association members Tuesday.

Per-day rate for skilled nursing hit $280 at mid-year, report says

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Skilled nursing operators and the senior living sector as a whole are benefiting from improving economic conditions and "healthy demand," according to a new report from California-based commercial real estate brokerage Marcus & Millichap.

Kindred overcomes Gentiva objections, forges $1.8 billion acquisition to expand gigantic healthcare 'ecosystem'

Kindred overcomes Gentiva objections, forges $1.8 billion acquisition to expand gigantic healthcare 'ecosystem'

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Kindred Healthcare has succeeded in its quest to acquire Gentiva Health Services. The companies announced Thursday morning they would combine to create the fourth-biggest healthcare provider of any type in the United States. The $1.8 billion deal was approved by the boards of both companies, ending Kindred's five-month hostile takeover bid for the home health provider.

SNFs should expect more 'worthless services' whistleblower charges, expert says

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Skilled nursing facilities soon might be facing an onslaught of whistleblower lawsuits alleging "worthless services," a legal expert cautioned Tuesday.

ACO bill in House would waive 3-midnight requirement for skilled nursing care

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Certain Accountable Care Organizations would be able to send Medicare beneficiaries to a skilled nursing facility without a prior hospital stay under a bipartisan bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives.

NJ physicians to face charges that they kept people as inpatients to qualify them for SNF coverage, judge rules

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A whistleblower can continue to pursue charges that a number of New Jersey physicians improperly designated Medicare beneficiaries as inpatients and sometimes prolonged their hospital stay to qualify them for skilled nursing care, a federal judge recently ruled.

Federal judge dismisses nursing home 'kickback' case; upholds large X-ray company's 'swapping' method of billing

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The way mobile x-ray company Mobilex bills nursing homes is acceptable, a federal judge recently determined. Mobilex is the nation's largest provider of mobile diagnostic services. It had been facing whistleblower charges that it effectively paid kickbacks to nursing homes through an arrangement known as "swapping."

Redoing readmissions

Redoing readmissions

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When people are discharged from the hospital following an illness, injury or surgery, that's often not the end of the story.

Pioneer ACO drops out of program, despite reductions in skilled nursing utilization

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A California healthcare system has become the latest dropout from the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, despite reducing skilled nursing facility utilization and improving its readmission rates. Sharp HealthCare announced its decision in a quarterly financial statement released Tuesday.

Hospitals need to give patients better guidance about post-acute facilities, experts argue

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Too many patients choose a post-acute care facility for the wrong reasons because hospitals do not give necessary and needed guidance, according to a paper forthcoming in the Annals of Long-Term Care.

Medicare Advantage organizations are unresponsive to provider questions, long-term care professionals tell CMS

Medicare Advantage organizations are unresponsive to provider questions, long-term care professionals tell CMS

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Several skilled nursing facility workers expressed frustration regarding communications with Medicare Advantage organizations during a public call with government officials Wednesday. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services representatives acknowledged that provider frustration in this area has been an ongoing issue, but they said that their hands essentially are tied.

Pre-hire medical exams and screenings broke law: judge

Pre-hire medical exams and screenings broke law: judge

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A provider who conducted pre-employment medical exams and screenings acted illegally, even when it hired some of the individuals, a federal judge has ruled.

Hospitals: Change SNF pay

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The government should adopt Medicare payment policies that better support hospital-based skilled nursing facilities, the American Hospital Association urged in a recent letter to a top healthcare official.

What are the scouts saying about your long-term care organization?

What are the scouts saying about your long-term care organization?

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There is no draft in senior living, nor really a need for one. But what if its three most dominant players were to be sized up? How might the scouts rate skilled care, assisted living and home care, respectively? My guess is their reports might look something like this:

It's not too late: Tech Awards deadline extended

It's not too late: Tech Awards deadline extended

The McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards application deadline has been extended to July 30.

McKnight's Roundtable: Prescription for change

McKnight's Roundtable: Prescription for change

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When top long-term care executives and physicians meet, visions for a new future of longterm care technology, care processes and payment mechanisms soon follow

Pressure sore leads to false-advertising suit

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A resident who developed a serious pressure ulcer allegedly due to negligence at a Pennsylvania continuing care retirement community is suing the operator, claiming it purposely misrepresented its care capabilities.

Support for Medicare-style, government long-term care insurance program surges, large AP-University of Chicago poll finds

Support for Medicare-style, government long-term care insurance program surges, large AP-University of Chicago poll finds

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The idea of a government-run long-term care insurance program similar to Medicare has become much more popular in the last year, according to the findings of a large nationwide survey. Independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago and The Associated Press conducted the 1,400-person poll.

Kindred launches hostile takeover bid for home health company Gentiva, deal valued at $1.6 billion

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Kindred Healthcare has launched a hostile takeover to acquire home health company Gentiva, announcing a $533 million bid Thursday. The total deal would be valued at $1.6 billion, including assumed debt.

Nursing homes suffering from reimbursement shifts to home care, market analysis finds

Nursing homes suffering from reimbursement shifts to home care, market analysis finds

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Reimbursement is shifting to home health, hurting the finances of skilled nursing facilities, a newly released market analysis states.

Former resident with pressure ulcer sues retirement community for falsely advertising skilled nursing services

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A retirement community in Pennsylvania does not provide the skilled nursing services it claims to offer in promotional materials, according to charges filed by a former resident who developed a serious pressure ulcer.

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