The head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Tuesday said her agency would not approve waivers calling for lifetime limits on Medicaid, saying officials had made that clear to states that might have been considering them.
A Wisconsin man is facing a hate crime charge after police say he sexually assaulted two nursing home residents, choosing his victims based on their age or disability.
Registration has opened for the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, where attendees can earn up to three continuing education credits and interact with companies serving the industry.
Spectrum unravels in Connecticut as final facility enters receivership ... Young adults already playing caregiving role, worried about their own long-term care ... Families remain confused by CMS guidance on bed-rail restrictions
A skilled nursing facility that denied admission to a patient receiving medically assisted treatment for an opioid addiction has settled federal discrimination charges.
Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. announced Monday that a bankruptcy court will allow it to transition 23 of its 42 Orianna facilities to a new operator as part of the company's restructuring.
Though President Donald Trump's drug blueprint glossed over drug price negotiations, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Monday morning that changes are on the horizon.
Feds block Iowa from funneling $1 billion in supplemental Medicaid to cash-strapped nursing homes ... From the schoolhouse to the nursing home: bullies live here too ... Antipsychotics reduce time spent in deep sleep
President Donald Trump's "blueprint" for lowering prescription costs goes after pharmacy benefit managers but stops short of recommending Medicare-negotiated prices, a plank he campaigned on in 2016.
A bill in the statehouse would force many New Jersey nursing homes to increase staffing of certified nurse aides, a proposal that was literally cheered by those front-line workers but rejected as an unfunded mandate by local operators.
Researchers: Committed couples who don't cohabitate will complicate caregiving and long-term care decision-making ... Psychological interventions can reduce chronic pain and make older adults better at coping ... It's not always risky if seniors get frisky. A new study finds education improves LTC nurses' attitudes about resident sexuality.
Genesis Healthcare plans to unload 13 more of its leased facilities, as part of ongoing efforts to optimize its portfolio and focus on core markets.
SNF nurse charged in H.R. McMasters' father's death ... After deep cuts in 2017, lawmakers increase Medicaid provider rates ... Prosecutors say social services director who was allowed to keep job after stealing resident's phone went on to commit $400,000 in thefts ... UnitedHealthcare expands bundles for hip, knee and spine procedures
Louisiana officials on Thursday mailed notices of potential evictions to 37,000 Medicaid beneficiaries who could soon lose coverage, including at least 19,000 who might be forced out of nursing homes if the state's budget impasse continues.
A leader of an influential House committee says Congress is likely to consider just two types of healthcare legislation this year: Medicare deregulation and bills that address the opioid crisis.
Aria Health Group and its owners participated in "gross self-dealing and corporate wrong" by transferring money from debtors it controlled to itself in the months before and after those companies filed for bankruptcy in 2016, a federal complaint alleges.
A new American Diabetes Association white paper addressing the high price of insulin recommends ways healthcare providers can help minimize patients' out-of-pocket costs.
Skilled nursing facilities' share of the healthcare workforce will shrink by 2026 even as its employee numbers grow, according to new projections built on Bureau of Labor data.
Rarely used drugs to be removed from 2018 Beers criteria ... Greystone finances three-property, $75 million Optima deal in NY ... 6 things to do to support residents living with dementia.
More than 50 health system leaders and policymakers have called for an examination of issues important to chronically ill older adults and their caregivers in an an effort to compel payment and policy changes that support "high-value" care models.
Physical therapists, pharmacists and thousands of other medical professionals on Tuesday joined an ongoing strike in a show of solidarity with service workers at University of California campuses.
Two more Skyline properties head to receivership; desperate details emerge from cash-strapped company staff
A former owner has taken over day-to-day operations of two Skyline Healthcare-owned nursing homes after the Arkansas Department of Human Services put the facilities into receivership.
As expected, Sabra REIT restructures leases with Signature ... New study: Night shift environments change gene expression for immunity and cancer ... Nursing home residents feed feral cats, get neighbors' dander up
A moving experience: Operators are reimagining spaces and designs to maximize possibilities for new therapy and wellness spaces.
Salemtowne's major expansion is designed to provide nursing and a home. But it's not a 'nursing home,' officials are quick to emphasize
The biggest surge in commercial mortgage debt in 10 years was waning. Census rates fell and public debt lenders hibernated. Early tax reform talk made many owner-operators skittish. Overreacting? Perhaps so.
You have to give the folks at The Glebe and parent company LifeSpire of Virginia credit. When it comes to going counterintuitive, they're all in.
Whistleblower Angela Ruckh plans to appeal an overturned False Claims verdict that likely cost her upward of $50 million.
Louisiana's Department of Health is preparing to send eviction notices to about 37,000 nursing home and other long-term care residents who could lose Medicaid coverage under the current budget.
The rate of obese nursing home residents jumped from 22% to 28% between 2005 and 2015, according to research presented at the 2018 American Geriatrics Society conference.
Feds shoot down first proposal for lifetime Medicaid limits ... Home care shortages sending younger people to nursing homes more often ... Patients with advanced dementia and hip fracture fare better with surgical solution
A Fort Smith, AR-based senior care provider has agreed to grant a union's members some $1.7 million in back pay, apparently closing a year-long legal battle.
Three Ohio nursing home workers were indicted last week for allegedly falsifying bed check records and failing to provide care to a resident.
Arkansas is latest to take over some Skyline nursing homes ... Extendicare and Sienna Senior Living facing class-action lawsuits regarding pressure ulcer care, other conditions ... Standardized checklist helped reduce urinary tract infections in SNF
The editors and staff of McKnight's Long-Term Care News had double the reason to celebrate last week when the 2018 national awards for the American Society of Health Publication Editors were announced.
Despite an industry-wide push for staffing improvements, skilled nursing facilities did not reduce their reliance on nurse aides between 2014 and 2016, new federal data shows.
Brius Healthcare gets most citations for serious deficiencies, but it's the state that gets the blame in auditor's report
California's oversight agencies have not met their responsibilities when it comes to ensuring quality care at the state's nursing homes, even as the three main providers there have grown into money-making machines, according to a new report by the state auditor.
The family of a woman who died after falling while being transferred with a lift is suing her former nursing home for nearly $2.5 million.
Thief acting as flower delivery man targets senior communities in several states ... Patient recruiter convicted in $3.6 million home health scheme ... Eden Alternative names Jill Vitale-Aussem president and CEO
National Nurses' Week kicks off Sunday with National Nurses' Day. The period will feature special presentations for nurses and local celebrations around the country, honoring their work.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has installed temporary management at nine nursing homes owned by Skyline Healthcare, the latest group to fall in the growing collapse of the New Jersey-based operator.
Maine ranks as the best place to work for nurses in 2018, thanks to the state's many job openings and aging population, according to WalletHub's annual rankings.
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) unveiled a bill on Wednesday that would create a new long-term care benefit for Medicare beneficiaries, who could use it — regardless of income or living arrangements.
Background checks didn't stop nurses with history of drug theft from landing new healthcare jobs ... CMS postpones announcement on lifetime limits for Medicaid ... Nursing home advocates fight new fraud investigations rules in Iowa
Providers on Tuesday began drilling down into the details of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new Patient Driven Payment Model, questioning how the 4-day-old reimbursement formula will influence therapy services.
Following the lead of Maine's governor, Idaho gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador (R) has said he would consider working to overturn a voter-passed initiative if voters choose him as governor and approve a ballot measure to expand Medicai
Dialysis or hospice? Medicare policy that forces kidney disease patients to choose means only 20% get hospice
End-of-life care is "categorically different" for patients receiving hemodialysis than for those with other terminal illnesses, a group of doctors said Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
With 1-in-5 positions vacant, long-term care workforce at 'crisis level' in Wisconsin ... After $277 spending spree at Walmart, nursing home employee faces up to 10 years in prison over theft of resident's credit cards ... New federal pain management taskforce has 28 members — but no voice for seniors
The federal government is considering making data sharing a requirement of participating in Medicare, and officials want to hear what providers think of the idea.
Diabetes is a costly concern in long-term care, and federal officials hope that an innovation project can lead to cutting almost $200 million off the tab.
Receiving a home care visit from a nurse increases the likelihood that an older patient will end up in the emergency department later that day, according to a new study.
Louisiana Senate committee advances bill to allow cameras in nursing home rooms ... Proposal that would allow state Medicaid fraud investigators to police home health entities is now in limbo ... Meal delivery programs could reduce use of costly healthcare services for dual-eligibles.
Skilled nursing leaders scrambled over the weekend to analyze a potentially exciting new patient classification system and proposed fiscal year 2019 payment rules that regulators unveiled Friday.
3 years for home health owner who inflated hours and claimed to care for SNF residents and the dead in $2.2M Medicaid fraud
A former home health company owner accused of defrauding Medicaid and the Internal Revenue Service out of more than $2 million was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison.
A federal judge ruled last week that a former nursing home patient who is deaf can pursue a discrimination case against the facility where she lived for more than two years because staff refused to provide her a sign language interpreter.
Study: More hearing aids may mean fewer visits to the hospital for seniors ... Co-worker reports sexual assault of resident by CNA, who is arrested, no longer employed ... Group says MDS 3.0 stirs up confusion over bed rails and consent
BREAKING NEWS: CMS gives skilled nursing 2.4% Medicare pay raise, unveils another new resident classification system
In a flurry of activity late Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced an $850 million pay raise for skilled nursing facilities for fiscal 2019 that comes along with major simplifications to a previously pitched resident classification system.
Congressional leaders say the Trump administration is preparing to propose up to $25 billion in federal spending cuts, which will hit Medicaid and other safety net programs.
A Pennsylvania judge has ruled the daughter of a former nursing home resident can sue a publicly owned facility for civil rights violations that contributed to the mother's death.
Nursing home resident left alone to smoke catches on fire ... Low-cost probiotics could aid fight against C. diff infections ... After expedited approval, FDA now reviewing safety of Parkinson's drug Nuplazid
The editorial staff of McKnight's Long-Term Care News has added to its long history of editorial excellence in national journalism competitions.
Ratings galaxies apart: Government's Nursing Home Compare gravitates toward clinical while Yelp reviewers highlight 'human touch'
Social media users who rate nursing homes often do so using more service-oriented criteria than government officials, say academic researchers who took a deep look at how Yelp reviews of nursing homes stack up against their Nursing Home Compare rankings.