Two infectious conditions common in long-term care settings — septicemia and urinary tract infections — were among the top causes of hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries in 2011, according to recently released data.
A woman visiting her mother at an assisted living facility in Kansas was gunned down in the parking lot Sunday, in what authorities are describing as a hate crime.
Skilled nursing facilities stand to lose substantial sums of money as they increasingly do business with managed care plans, unless a coordinator is on top of exclusions and other contract elements, a prominent healthcare consultant told an audience Monday at the American College of Health Care Administrators annual meeting.
When I lived in Baltimore, a stray, mangy cat adopted us. I am not trying to equate my cat with someone's parent, but I was reminded of Minou's last days when reading the dissertation of Mariette Klein on dementia caregivers. Specifically, how hard it can be to know what healthcare decisions to make for a loved one.
Brookdale Senior Living is poised to become the largest senior living provider in the country, through a $2.8 billion acquisition of Seattle-based Emeritus Corp.
Hospitals and post-acute facilities in Washington state have cut their rate of Clostridium difficile infections in half since 2012 by partnering with each other in a robust infection control program, according to local news reports.
One area where many SNFs have room to improve is medication management. Optimizing medication management services during care transitions will position SNFs as high-value partners in the preferred referral networks of hospitals and health systems.
Government investigators will issue a report on skilled nursing facilities' Medicare Part A billing practices later this year, according to the latest annual work plan from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General.
Therapists in skilled nursing facilities might help stroke survivors achieve faster progress by incorporating real-time video in sessions, suggests recently published research.
Skilled nursing and rehabilitation providers would be able to join networks dedicated to treating chronically ill Medicare patients, under a new bipartisan bill introduced Wednesday in both houses of Congress. The "Better Care, Lower Cost Act" seeks to establish the Better Care Program, which would enable healthcare providers to form networks similar to accountable care organizations, but with a special focus on coordinating care for those with chronic conditions.
Brookdale Senior Living is known as one of the largest U.S. assisted living operators, but the Tennessee-based company has ambitious plans to establish itself as the national leader across the whole continuum of care.
The nursing and maintenance departments are feuding over the water temperature. What should it be in a skilled care unit?
The frequency of hospital observation stays skyrocketed and long stays became much more common between 2001 and 2009, according to a new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute.
A policy meant to reduce the number of hospital observation stays is not workable, and stakeholders should collaborate on more comprehensive solutions to the observation stay situation, according to the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association.
More uniform reimbursements for skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities could be implemented soon, policy analysts recently told the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services tested the concept in 2006, after developing a patient assessment tool that could be used in both settings.
Five Star Quality Care recently transferred operations of two rehabilitation hospitals in Massachusetts to Reliant Hospital Partners, marking the latest move in the company's dramatic shift toward private pay operations.
As hospitals look for post-acute provider partners, skilled nursing operators must gauge their effectiveness at post-operative care and wound prevention
Without solid research about how discharged hospital patients fare in various post-acute settings, cautious doctors are ordering more intensive and expensive care than is needed, according to medical experts writing in the Harvard Business Review.
Erickson Living's Charlestown campus in Catonsville, MD, is the nation's largest single-site, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, according to rankings recently compiled by investment bank Ziegler.
A man used a false identity to gain employment at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility where he worked for six years, authorities in Tennessee have charged.
Assisted living continues to boom in the seniors housing market, but caution is needed as more units are slated to open in mid-2014, said experts Thursday at the annual meeting of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.
The system of post-stroke care warrants increased attention in light of a study showing people have poor quality of life in the years following a stroke, according to researchers.
Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, one of the nation's largest faith-based long-term care providers, has announced it will sell its six nursing homes and one assisted living facility to help close a huge budget deficit.
The Advancing Excellence campaign is calling on skilled nursing providers to use a set of updated goals to create a framework for achieving better care.
A fall from bed can cause more than bodily injury, if a resident's dignity is compromised by a loud, embarrassing alarm. Recognizing this, nonprofit operator The Terraces of Los Gatos implemented new smartbed technology — and won top honors in McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards for the effort.
Long-term care advocates have praised a set of recommendations issued by the Congressional Commission on Long-Term Care, but some commissioners broke ranks, saying the panel did not fulfill its mandate.
Long-term care groups are among those hailing a federal study that raises critical questions about hospitals' apparent over-use of "observation stay" designations for patients.
Close to 50 years ago, John F. Taylor made two important decisions. First, he married his wife, Paula. Then, he left college roughly 10 credit hours shy of graduating.
Healthcare providers are having a hard time hiring nurses, and the vacancies are having a negative impact on staff morale and patient care, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.
Bernie Karlov has been chef at Life Care Center of The Willows less than a year, but he's already made the 100-bed nursing home proud. His slow-cooked spare ribs and chuck wagon slow-simmered baked beans wowed at the third annual Taste of Care in June, where The Willows took the competition's highest prize: Top Chef.