A substantial number of nursing homes improved their overall Five-Star Quality Rating between 2009 and 2011, according to a recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services analysis. The proportion of facilities with a one-star overall rating decreased from 22.7% in January 2009 to 15.6% in December 2011, and the proportion with a four- or five-star overall rating increased from 35.2% to 43.2%.
Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes must extend the same spousal visitation rights to all residents regardless of sexual orientation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified in a June 28 memorandum.
Long-term services and supports could increase from 1.3% of the U.S. gross domestic product to more than 3% by 2050, according to a recent Congressional Budget Office analysis.
A former employee of Medicalodges Inc. recently filed a lawsuit against the skilled nursing provider, alleging that the company does not properly compensate workers.
With mere months to make progress on the deep issues facing the long-term care industry, the Congressional Long-Term Care Commission held its first official meeting Thursday. LTC stakeholders issued statements following the meeting focused on what the group might accomplish, declining to dwell on potential roadblocks it faces.
Long-term care providers should be taking advantage of the next two weeks to pick projects, programs or systems to nominate for recognition in the second annual McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards program. There is no cost to enter and a wide array of types of both high- and low-technology are expected to be recognized in the five contest categories. Click on the headline above and then the link in the second paragraph to learn more or enter.
Long-term care facilities should follow new standards from the American Nurses Association to eliminate manual handling of residents and associated worker injuries, the ANA said Tuesday.
Some same-sex couples in the nation’s most populous state will have expanded access to long-term care, following two historic U.S. Supreme Court decisions announced Wednesday.
Terry Ervin joined Integral Senior Living, a community management company, as regional vice president of operations in the spring.