The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking skilled nursing facilities and other providers to help develop better quality measures — and the agency is earmarking $30 million to sweeten the deal.
Hospitals have made much greater strides in cutting infection rates than their peers in the long-term care space and should work more closely with the latter to share know-how and better address the issues, experts said this week.
Partnerships linking skilled care operators and hospitals have been touted as all but inevitable. Yet good examples are few and far between. It turns out Dallas might be a pretty good place to look for a place to emulate.
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.
Participation in CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program is staggering, enhancing the strategic importance of bundled payment activity in your market to your overall strategy and market positioning discussions.
Doctors flunk test on skilled nursing facilities, raising concerns about care transitions, UCLA researchers sayOctober 09, 2014
Early career physicians have extremely poor knowledge of skilled nursing facilities, showing that more robust training is needed to ensure that physicians can oversee effective transitions into SNFs, according to investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Skilled nursing facilities soon might be facing an onslaught of whistleblower lawsuits alleging "worthless services," a legal expert cautioned Tuesday.
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.
Recovery Audit Contractors recovered $1.8 million in Medicare overpayments made to skilled nursing facilities in fiscal year 2013, according to a Congressional report released Monday.
MAINE - The state's nursing homes will get their first Medicaid rate increase in six years after a breathtaking display of mid-summer political brinksmanship. But dark days still loom in a state beset with closures and an over-65 population ratio that's second only to Florida's.
SNF providers are scrambling to prepare to be "bought" by ACOs, aligned with potential bundling partners, selected as a preferred provider, and ultimately "sold" to the best, not highest, bidder.
Accountable care organizations should be assessed on which patients bounce back to a member hospital within 30 days of being discharged to a skilled nursing facility, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services asserts in a proposed rule.
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.
The key to successful medication management is improving processes on multiple fronts so that staff members are more comfortable, confident, efficient and effective.
The Medicare trust fund is on track to remain solvent until 2030, trustees of the program stated in a Congressional report released Monday. This improved outlook is due in part to revised expectations about the case mix in skilled nursing facilities.
Housing & Healthcare Finance has advised on a $940 million loan for Deutsche Bank involving 167 skilled nursing facilities in 19 states, with significant concentrations in Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas.
To reduce preventable readmissions, a healthcare business strategy expert advised SNFs to follow the logic of the infamous Willie Sutton. "Go where the money is in preventing readmissions," said Andrew M. Kramer, MD, chief executive officer of Providigm.
All ACOs should be allowed to waive 3-midnight requirement for Medicare skilled nursing coverage, MedPAC saysJune 18, 2014
Accountable care organizations should be able to place patients in skilled nursing facilities more quickly and communicate which SNFs are preferred providers, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission stated in a letter to a top government health official.
FDA licenses cell-culture flu vaccines to make U.S. "pandemic ready" ... Short-term, post-acute care in SNFs has not been studied well, analysis finds ... Fecal transplants cure C. diff by doing more than supplying missing "bug"
Medicare should pay skilled nursing facilities and rehab facilities equally for certain treatments, MedPAC tells CongressJune 16, 2014
Skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should receive the same payments for treating certain conditions, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended in its latest report to Congress. The "site-neutral payment" proposal won praise from the nation's largest long-term care association.
In every White House budget, there are winners and losers. Unfortunately for providers, long-term care again falls into the latter category. All told, President Obama's $3.9 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2015 would cut funding for healthcare by $402 billion over the next decade.
Medicare recovery audit contractors collected about $8,000 in fiscal year 2012 through a skilled nursing facility claims review pilot, according to a recently released annual report to Congress.
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.
Patients generally have better clinical outcomes and live longer if they are treated in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital rather than a skilled nursing facility, according to a study commissioned by the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. The findings show why IRFs should be reimbursed at a higher Medicare rate than SNFs, the trade association argued when releasing the results Tuesday.
Assembling a well-coordinated medication management team requires solid communication, collaboration and convergence of clinical professionals
Senior living company can pay referral fees for new residents despite kickback concerns, OIG advisory opinion statesJanuary 23, 2014
A nonprofit senior housing and care provider can continue to pay an agency for referring new residents, despite concerns related to anti-kickback laws, according to a newly released government opinion.
The nursing and maintenance departments are feuding over the water temperature. What should it be in a skilled care unit?
Certain skilled nursing facilities could provide Medicare-covered services to beneficiaries without a preceding hospital stay, under a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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.
Ambulance company reaches $8 million settlement to resolve charges over improper skilled nursing facility arrangementsNovember 06, 2013
The nation's second-largest ambulance services company has reached a settlement agreement over whistleblower charges of improper business dealings with skilled nursing facilities, Rural/Metro Corporation announced Tuesday.