Providers have long struggled with offering telehealth due to reimbursement limitations. But the landscape is changing.
Nursing home critics are driving for deeper investigation into how operators "reward" themselves with lucrative self-dealing contracts while allegedly keeping staffing levels low.
How low can it go? That's a question many operators are ask- ing in the wake of a report by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care that reveals declining census numbers.
Anxiety symptoms that increase over time have been linked to elevated amyloid beta levels and the early signs of Alzheimer's, according to Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers.
Visiting the emergency room can signal the beginning of serious health challenges for an older person even when he or she is not admitted, researchers from the Yale University School of Medicine contend.
Providers and Medicare Part B beneficiaries were hoping for a reprieve at press time from therapy caps that kicked into full effect when Congress failed to repeal them or extend a broad exceptions process by Jan. 1.
In very early morning voting, the House and Senate both passed the massive spending package described here. President Trump was expected to sign it into law before noon Eastern Time and end a brief government shutdown.
Nursing home fined for not reporting fall that led to death of a facility founder, expects restitution from staffing company
A Massachusetts nursing home where a resident fell and was shuffled back to bed without an official report was issued a $140,000 fine following the man's death. The facility says it expects to be reimbursed by a staffing company that sent a nurse who apparently didn't follow protocols.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed a new recombinant zoster vaccine for shingles prevention in those over 50, saying it is more effective than a live attenuated version.
Harris Poll finds most Americans don't support expanded moral protections for healthcare workers ... Independent Payment Advisory Board expected to be dismantled by budget bill ... GAO report says modernizing cost-sharing in fee-for-service plans would come with tradeoffs
Accountability and better, user-friendly systems encourage a new wave of e-prescribing adoptions among long-term care providers, despite old challenges
With the RCS-1 model focused on eliminating minutes and putting pressure on operators, providers brace for evolutionary change in therapy payment rules
Q: The new federal Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced program precludes long-term care post-acute care providers [LTPACs] from owning the bundles. What should we know?
We are trying to meet with our families and staff about visiting our facility when they don't feel well or someone in your family has the flu. Are there any guidelines/info you can pass along?
Staff often leave patients who use wheelchairs seated on the hoist slings required to get them there.
An adhesive, polyurethane foam dressing can help prevent the onset of pressure ulcers at the sacrum of elderly patients with hip fracture, an Italian study shows.
How can I use benchmarking data to improve my pressure injury program?
For years I have referred to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix P for guidance on the survey process. But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that Appendix P will be archived and not updated with the new survey process instructions. Where is the most relevant documentation that explains the new survey regulations and process?
Registered nurses may be more likely than licensed practical nurses to identify high-risk medication errors in nursing homes, new research suggests.
Videoconferencing is one of the best ways to make ongoing education for geriatric workers more feasible, a study at a for-profit skilled nursing facility in Chicago shows.
With the new survey process, does that mean other survey types have gone away?
Long-term care providers have had their wings clipped under terms of a new voluntary bundled pay model unveiled in mid-January.
Can a client or patient take pictures of staff sleeping or relaxing on the job, or of his personal belongings?
Picture perfect: Renovation invigorates upstate New York community, providing a complete array of post-acute care services and supportive features
A new system for preventing falls is coming this month from a long-time industry veteran.
With so much attention paid to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and items like linens, infection control-minded facilities often over- look the source of more than one-third of nosocomial infections — the air. Long-established airborne precautions are rarely used in long-term care facilities, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Experts advise how to reverse that.
Since winning bronze from the McKnight's Tech Awards in 2014 for its use of an in-room communication system, Southminster in Charlotte, NC, has embraced increased uses of technology.
Using wearable technology to serve an aging population safely and efficiently appeared to be one of the running themes at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas.
Like Stonehenge or the concept of truth, I'm an ancient relic of another time, so I clearly remember my family's first primitive television.
A national preventive program that promotes evidence-based infection prevention and control practices can curb the risk of infection by streamlining the dissemination of information to nursing home staff.
A study of geriatric care nurses found that many still crush medications, split doses or otherwise modify orally administered medicines — a practice they see as helping patients with swallowing difficulties, dementia or other conditions.
A Syracuse, NY, nursing facility was called out by state surveyors after five nurses failed to consult a resident's chart, which contained a do-not-resuscitate order, and saved her life by using CPR and other measures.
A federal judge erased a $347 million False Claims Act verdict against a rehab provider because the judge felt it was unlikely that government would have withheld payments even if it was aware of billing violations.
There's nothing quite like a new calendar to get media types acting like story forecasters. What might be more helpful is a brief list of things that won't be taking place.
Recently, we were all inundated with lists of things to look for in 2018, not to mention "best of" 2017 compilations.
A federal investigation has found a Colorado nursing home failed to adequately protect staff from residents who grabbed, kicked, bit and punched at them, causing cuts and bruises.
Staff from the Federal Trade Commission have recommended Alaska repeal its certificate-of-need laws, which require healthcare providers to get state approval before they can expand by opening new locations, adding services or making some kinds of capital investment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has given a skilled nursing facility in Ohio until Friday to remedy roof safety issues after a telecommunications worker fell to his death.
AHCA/NCAL and ACHCA partner to offer new administrator credentialing ... Humana boosts profits by increasing senior-focused physicians to grow Medicare Advantage sales ... Being bilingual may help brain protect itself against Alzheimer's
A bill that would permanently repeal Medicare Part B therapy caps is alive, but its hopes for passage this week remain dim.
Set a reminder: McKnight's Spring Online Expo, where participants can earn up to five free continuing education credits, is scheduled for March 14 and 15.
Kindred Healthcare this week urged stockholders to back a $4.1 billion sale to Humana and two private equity firms.
Reports: Trump administration considering lifetime cap on Medicaid coverage ... CNA and mother-in-law charged with stealing $34K from resident under his care ... Hospital location often dictates LTAC placement when skilled nursing would fit better
Withering report on misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes overlooks industry efforts to improve, advocates say
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.
Lawsuit seeks $50 million from nursing home, police who blinded Alzheimer's resident with pepper-spray
The estate of an Alzheimer's patient who was pepper-sprayed, arrested and hospitalized after a wandering incident is suing his nursing home and the local police department for $50 million.
Spring Gate Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Memphis will pay $500,000 to federal authorities and Tennessee to resolve false claims allegations.
NY Times draws new attention to role immigrants play in elder care ... Federal watchdog says patchwork of regulation jeopardizing assisted living residents ... Facing lawsuit, VA extends home healthcare for Oregon vet with ALS
Several medical experts told a Florida judge this week some residents who died of heat stroke at the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center could have been saved, if the nursing home had acted sooner and done more.
A Tennessee nursing home fired a laundry technician rather than accommodate her request for time off to cope with an anxiety disorder, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges in a new lawsuit.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued Medicare Advantage and Part D updates that include an average payment increase of 1.84% and policy changes that include new supplemental benefits for services that improve health and quality of life.
Bipartisan group asks Trump to boost Alzheimer's research funding ... Partnerships between healthcare and community-based organizations reduce readmissions ... Illinois facility fined $25K after fall that triggered cognitive decline
Several therapy associations Thursday called on Congress to permanently end Medicare Part B caps on physical, speech and occupational therapy by adding language to a funding measure expected next week.
Fresenius Medical Care, a nationwide dialysis provider that also runs labs, urgent care centers and post-acute practices, has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle patient privacy allegations made by the Department of Health and Human Services.
A New Mexico-based healthcare company said this week it is challenging its loss of a state Medicaid contract, alleging unfair competition from a company that helped evaluate bids.
Seniors housing and care transaction volume declined in 2017 ... Brooklyn home health company settles Medicaid false claims case for $6.4 million ... New group aims to improve diagnosis of muscle-sapping sarcopenia
A Minnesota nurse accidentally gave a resident a dose of oxycodone 20 times too strong, killing him within a few hours last year, according to a state investigation.
A blood test that looks for biomarkers tied to Alzheimer's disease could be the screening tool needed to identify patients earlier and get them into critical trials.
Police in Oklahoma said they busted two nursing home employees for prescription drug theft after stopping one of them in connection with an undercover gun buy and finding pilfered pill bottles in the car he was driving.
HCR ManorCare edging closer to receivership? ... Survey says: Pneumococcal vaccination guidelines need clarification ... New Minnesota health commissioner vows to make elder abuse reform a top priority
An Illinois rehabilitation and skilled nursing center has been fined $25,000 after a certified nurse aide admitted to posting a partially nude photo of a resident on social media.
Police in LaPorte, IN, are investigating how an elderly nursing home resident got his hands on Oreo cookies tainted with THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
A system meant to protect Minnesota seniors from abuse and violence in formal care setting settings must be repaired by providing more thorough oversight and tougher penalties, a work group headed by AARP Minnesota announced Monday.
Residents forced out by Texas floods return to nursing home 5 months later ... First trial of brain implant slows decline in some Alzheimer's patients ... Balance training, on Nintendo Wii or with a professional, decreases falls in diabetics
The Hollywood, FL, nursing home where a dozen residents died from heat exposure last September is arguing this week for the chance to keep its operating license.
A nursing home resident who was strangled by his own nightgown — and whose roommate's calls for help went ignored — will cost the facility $50,000.
The nurses who staff nursing homes earn less than their peers in assisted living and continuing care retirement communities, according to a new survey.
Washington considers payroll deduction to fund long-term care insurance ... Citing high risk of fraud, Medicare extends ban on new home health agencies in six states ... Review shows aerobic exercise can delay Alzheimer's symptoms
A federal judge is allowing punitive damage claims to proceed against a Pennsylvania nursing home where lawyers say a woman fell seven times before being transferred with a dislocated hip.
Preferred Care of Plano filed for bankruptcy in November claiming in court that more than 160 lawsuits led to its financial demise.
An Oregon veteran with Lou Gehrig's disease who relies on 24-hour care is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs because officials are forcing him to move to an out-of-state nursing home.
The anti- antipsychotics message might not be getting through to LTC nurses ... New research solidifies connection between high-sugar diet and cognitive decline ... Aid-in-dying movement pushes into new states
A former business office employee at a West Virginia nursing home has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison for embezzling more than $80,000, the U. S. Attorney's Office announced this week.
Police in New Castle, PA, are investigating an alleged double drug overdose of two residents at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center.
Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health found that the increased use of composite ratings, such as the Five-Star Quality Rating System, leads more people to use the system to compare and choose better-suited providers.
Patients six times more likely to have heart attack within week of flu diagnosis ... Two Minnesota health officials under investigation after backlog of elder abuse complaints ... Caregiving at home and at work hurts women who staff nursing homes
Golden Living Centers is fighting an arbitration ruling that found the company owes $1.8 million in vacation pay to 2,000 former employees at 36 Pennsylvania nursing homes.
The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that it has reached a settlement with long-term care pharmacy provider Omnicare Inc., ending an investigation into whether the company violated an anti-discrimination rule included in the Immigration and Nationality Act.
A certified nursing assistant was charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest after she allegedly hit her former boss with a car last week.
Senate confirms Alex Azar as HHS Secretary ... Oregonians vote to fund Medicaid expansion by taxing hospitals, managed care and insurance companies ... GE's unexpected shortfall for long-term care insurance leads to SEC investigation
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will share its best fraud prevention tactics used against nursing homes and other providers with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the agencies said Tuesday in announcing a joint effort to sniff out waste and abuse.
A new provision included in the 2017 tax reform bill offers companies a credit for providing lower-wage earners paid family medical and leave.
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found North Carolina officials failed to confirm corrective action in about 5% of nursing home deficiency cases.
Nursing assistants head back to negotiations to end 3-month strike ... Wearable monitor reduces pressure-injury risk by encouraging repositioning ... SMART cognitive training helps seniors focus, react more like young adults
Government set to reopen, but more work required for long-term budget deal that could deliver fixes for seniors
While the temporary government funding bill passed Monday night gives a deeply divided Congress more time to negotiate a final budget deal, advocacy groups said it overlooks the fact that several senior causes need immediate solutions.
Scripps Health to pay $1.5 million to settle claims related to services by unauthorized physical therapists
San Diego-based Scripps Health has agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act.
An Arkansas facility is facing more than $150,000 in fines and a possible shutdown after a scabies outbreak affected every resident, according to government regulators.
German nursing home recreates communist landscape for dementia patients ... Variable causes of hip fractures should keep it off list of quality reporting measures, study finds ... Hospital plans to shutter rare subsidized care center for San Francisco Alzheimer's patients
Senators on both side of the aisle engaged in heavy negotiations — and in some cases political sniping — on Sunday, as they faced the prospect of a third day of the government shutdown.