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.
The deadline for entering the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards has been extended to July 31. The awards are open at no cost to skilled nursing and assisted living operators, and CCRCs. Winners will receive acknowledgement in the print and digital editions of McKnight's.
Repositioning buildings and service lines is done on a regular basis at Lutheran Life, ahead of a crisis in census or in reaction to new competition that forces action that may not be well thought out. Today, skilled nursing in particular needs to be updated to employ more technology and refresh and rebuild physical plants to address a different consumer.
Q: Your new novel, "Life After Life," is set in a long-term care facility in North Carolina. Were you thinking of care workers reading the book? A: I finished the book and one of my earliest thoughts was, I hope I have done these people justice.
Q: Some major REITs are trying to unload their skilled nursing homes, the Wall Street Journal recently reported. What's Sabra's position on SNFs?
Skilled nursing providers should ratchet up Medicare Part A compliance initiatives to meet the increasingly intense scrutiny of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a compliance expert said in a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. "CMS is serious about this," said Leah Klusch, executive director of The Alliance Training Center.
The government should consider Medicare payment cuts for hospice services provided in skilled nursing facilities, according to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) commissioners. A reduction of 3% to 5% is reasonable, MedPAC says, based on a formula that assumes "equal provision of aide visits" in home and facility settings, and accounts for the labor costs of these two types of care.
Brookdale Senior Living is launching a rebranding initiative under new CEO Andy Smith. The company serves about 66,700 residents in skilled nursing centers and senior living communities.
Geographic variations in Medicare payments can be largely explained by how much skilled nursing and post-acute care is being used, according to a recently released interim report from the Institute of Medicine.
A newly enacted sequester may be trimming Medicare payments to skilled nursing operators, but the sector remains strong and poised for future growth. That assessment was delivered Wednesday by the head of the nation's largest nursing home association at a conference in San Diego hosted by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.
Increasing hospice enrollment would improve care for beneficiaries while saving the Medicare program millions of dollars annually, according to a study in the March issue of Health Affairs.
A new U.S. Senate bill would change a Medicare provision preventing many seniors from getting coverage for skilled nursing therapy after hospital "observation stays."
When Grancare Nursing Center owner and administrator Donna Zunker began envisioning a new rehab wing, she wanted more than a new addition.