Providers taking part in a Medicare experiment saved money by funneling care away from skilled-nursing facilities and other settings, and toward physician services, according to a new analysis.
What's the best eldercare development we've seen in the past quarter century? For my money, nothing compares to the ongoing expansion of hospice care services.
Quite a few skilled care operators tend to look at assisted living as being not quite equal. Many on the skilled side tend to see themselves as being a bit, ahem, more qualified.
Dylan Investments has acquired the 28-bed skilled nursing facility and campus, Los Gatos Oaks Convalescent Hospital, JCH Senior Housing Group announced.
Skilled nursing facilities would become eligible for broadband services funding under a proposed Senate bill.
A nursing home owner whose former employee died of an overdose is being sued in San Luis Obispo (CA) Superior Court.
Just a month after spending $2.9 billion to acquire medical office buildings and senior housing assets, Ventas announced Monday it will spin off its skilled nursing facility portfolio following the new acquisition of a 14-hospital chain in the Southwest.
The government's top health insurer has announced that providers could get a first look at a new type of Medicare accountable care organization this month. It has been modeled closely after a controversial managed care program and includes new waivers for skilled nursing facilities.
Are the people who run certain retirement communities unfeeling monsters with no concern for the well-being of residents? I don't think so. I think they are just like me, and many others who manage communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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'October 10, 2014
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.
Skilled nursing facilities soon might be facing an onslaught of whistleblower lawsuits alleging "worthless services," a legal expert cautioned Tuesday.
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 rulesSeptember 03, 2014
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 billingSeptember 02, 2014
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."
When people are discharged from the hospital following an illness, injury or surgery, that's often not the end of the story.
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.
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 CMSAugust 07, 2014
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.
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.