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Operators are not 'blasé' about negative stories

Operators are not 'blasé' about negative stories

Rather than putting the burden on skilled nursing providers, I challenge the news media, along with other institutions, to be fair and accurate, and report the good news, too.

All the data points to ... you tell me

All the data points to ... you tell me

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Returning from an early morning walk down to the harbor of this sleepy Cape Cod town, it's hard not to feel hopeful. My geriatric pups Melvin and Theodore couldn't get enough of the sea smells and feel of the sand under their little Shih Tzu paws.

Azar toes company line, which isn't half bad

Azar toes company line, which isn't half bad

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When the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services addressed a gathering of nursing home owners and operators Tuesday in Washington, it might not have been the HHS Secretary everyone had once hoped for. But at least he delivered his message straight and didn't drop any big surprises on anyone.

Nursing home advocates say AGs' push for punitive enforcement won't improve quality

Nursing home advocates say AGs' push for punitive enforcement won't improve quality

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The leading association for skilled nursing providers said Friday that a call by state officials to reinstate tough federal enforcement policies might undercut quality gains.

A clever idea for a skilled care tax break. But there might be one little problem ....

A clever idea for a skilled care tax break. But there might be one little problem ....

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Our new tax law gives some of the largest companies in America a substantial tax break. The American Health Care Association wouldn't mind snapping off a similar reduction for many of its members.

Plans finalizing for AHCA Congressional fly-in

The American Health Care Association is closing online registration for next month's Congressional Briefing conference today. The event, to be held June 4-5 in Washington, D.C., will feature Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein.

Nursing homes may be targeted for turning away patients being treated for opioid addiction

Nursing homes may be targeted for turning away patients being treated for opioid addiction

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Federal investigators could begin cracking down on nursing facilities that refuse admission to patients being treated for opioid addiction, experts are warning.

Skilled nursing gets new targets for hospitalization, antipsychotic rates and more

Skilled nursing gets new targets for hospitalization, antipsychotic rates and more

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Skilled nursing providers Tuesday got a peek at industry goals intended to advance quality over the next three years.

 Withering report on misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes overlooks industry efforts to improve, advocates say

Withering report on misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes overlooks industry efforts to improve, advocates say

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Those who care for the nation's seniors have been leaders in reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications in skilled nursing settings, advocates said Monday in response to a scathing Human Rights Watch report on the drugs' misuse.

AHCA warns automatic Medicare Advantage enrollment could 'significantly impact' plan sponsors, beneficiaries, providers

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The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living said proposed changes in Medicare Advantage in 2019 could hurt beneficiaries in a letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Nursing homes catching a break? What do you think?

Nursing homes catching a break? What do you think?

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When stuff hits the fan, it's often all a matter of perspective. That's the pickle nursing homes find themselves in today.

Tax bill reveals a great divide in long-term care

Tax bill reveals a great divide in long-term care

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One of the more interesting aspects of the epic battle over the tax reform bill has been this sector's response. One major long-term care organization continues to blast proposed changes while the other has remained largely silent.

Top execs gather at AHCA conference

Leaders of some of the most influential skilled nursing providers in the country will gather to discuss legislative and regulatory affairs and plot lobbying strategies Nov. 8-10 in Marana, AZ.

Two dozen senators ask HHS for delay of requirements of participation

Two dozen senators ask HHS for delay of requirements of participation

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With just over one month to go before the regulations kick in, a group of senators has sent a letter to federal health officials asking for a delay of Phase 2 of the requirements of participation.

Parkinson stresses strength, moving forward at AHCA convention in Las Vegas

Parkinson stresses strength, moving forward at AHCA convention in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS — The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention & Expo kicked off on Monday with a moment of silence in the wake of a recent tragedy.

More than 100 lawmakers urge CMS to rethink long-term care requirements

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More than 120 House Representatives have joined in signing a letter that asks the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to "re-evaluate" the requirements of participation for long-term care providers.

Las Vegas hosts LTC blockbuster conferences this weekend

Three of the most important long-term care associations will hold their annual conferences in Las Vegas, starting this weekend and extending through Wednesday. Events will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

AHCA joins lawmakers in drive for greater flexibility dealing with new requirements of participation

AHCA joins lawmakers in drive for greater flexibility dealing with new requirements of participation

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The American Health Care Association is throwing its weight behind lawmakers' efforts to convince the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to revise the upcoming requirements of participation for long-term care providers.

AHCA/NCAL conference to proceed as scheduled Oct. 15-18

The annual meeting of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living will take place as scheduled, Oct. 15-18 in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort, officials announced.

When no comment says a lot: A tale for nursing homes and hospitals

When no comment says a lot: A tale for nursing homes and hospitals

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One should never forget that some of the most brutal fights occur between brothers or sisters.

Gear up for another healthcare payment fight

Gear up for another healthcare payment fight

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Watching the GOP try to force through its latest healthcare reform plan, which would once again hit Medicaid hard, I was reminded of something my mother used to jokingly say: "It's like deja vu all over again."

Winning with the help of Trump

Winning with the help of Trump

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When the American Health Care Association sued the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last year, my assessment was that it might win the literal battle, but lose the hearts and minds of consumers.

Nursing homes' 1% Medicare pay increase 'unlikely' to cover costs, expert warns

Providers expressed gratitude Tuesday at a 1% increase from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for skilled nursing services, even as it braced for quality measure implementation.

Congressmen, AHCA/NCAL leaders to address 'fly-in' visitors

State execs, providers and other top long-term care leaders will visit their members of Congress during the American Health Care Association's Congressional "fly-in" event Monday and Tuesday.

AHCA puts 'no limits' on 2nd annual Quality Summit

The second annual AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit is preparing to go all out March 6-8 in Orlando, FL. All-day in-depth sessions, town hall discussions, LED talks and more await attendees.

Getting to gold

Getting to gold

APRC has always focused on quality improvement; it's part of our culture.

Profile: Tom Coble

Profile: Tom Coble

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At the end of February 1993, Tom Coble was working on offshore natural gas delivery in the Gulf of Mexico. By March 1, he was sitting behind a desk at a nursing home.

Rare long-term care double win

Rare long-term care double win

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So much for the dog days of summer getting close. Long-term care advocates were already at full woof on Tuesday — and that's a good thing.

Nursing homes announce campaign to lessen poor outcomes, decrease employee turnover

Nursing homes announce campaign to lessen poor outcomes, decrease employee turnover

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Increasing staff stability, adopting a customer satisfaction questionnaire, reducing unintended healthcare outcomes, reducing hospital readmissions, improving discharges to the community, and adopting functional outcome measurements are the focus of the next round of quality improvement for the American Health Care Association.

AHCA previews new quality metric announcement

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The American Health Care Association is expected to announce today six new quality metrics, some of which raise the bar on nursing home staff turnover and hospital readmissions.