CMS head: 'We would not approve lifetime limits' on Medicaid

CMS head: 'We would not approve lifetime limits' on Medicaid

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.

Alleged sex assaults on nursing home residents lead to hate crime charge

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.

McKnight's Senior Living expo to hit emergency prep, dementia and more

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.

Also in the News for Wednesday, May 16

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

$5K settlement for nursing home that declined to admit opioid dependent patient

$5K settlement for nursing home that declined to admit opioid dependent patient

A skilled nursing facility that denied admission to a patient receiving medically assisted treatment for an opioid addiction has settled federal discrimination charges.

Bankruptcy court OKs Omega's plan to offload 23 Orianna properties

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.

HHS: Feds will push for drug negotiation after all

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.

Also in the News for Tuesday, May 15

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

Trump prescription plan doesn't include Medicare-negotiated pricing

Trump prescription plan doesn't include Medicare-negotiated pricing

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.

Proposed staffing ratio cheered by CNAs, opposed by nursing home operators

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.

Also in the News for Monday, May 14

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 plans to unload 13 more facilities; turns eye toward China

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.

Also in the News for Friday, May 11

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

Thousands of Louisiana eviction warnings sent

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.

GOP panel leader: Medicare deregulation and opioids may be the only House health bills this year

GOP panel leader: Medicare deregulation and opioids may be the only House health bills this year

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 faces allegations of 'gross self-dealing' in Arkansas bankruptcy case

Aria faces allegations of 'gross self-dealing' in Arkansas bankruptcy case

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.

Senators, diabetes association call for pricing transparency, solutions as insulin price spikes

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 jobs to grow by 13% through 2026, though other healthcare segments will fare better

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.

Also in the News for Thursday, May 10

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.

Fragile seniors need shift toward high-value care, health leaders say

Fragile seniors need shift toward high-value care, health leaders say

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.

Thousands of medical workers join broader 3-day strike over pay

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.

Also in the News for Wednesday, May 9

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

Bewitching buildout at Salemtowne

Bewitching buildout at Salemtowne

Salemtowne's major expansion is designed to provide nursing and a home. But it's not a 'nursing home,' officials are quick to emphasize

How to do it ... Mortgage financing 2018

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.

Paying CNAs for more than they actually work

Paying CNAs for more than they actually work

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 with millions at stake will appeal Consulate False Claims overturned verdict

Whistleblower with millions at stake will appeal Consulate False Claims overturned verdict

Whistleblower Angela Ruckh plans to appeal an overturned False Claims verdict that likely cost her upward of $50 million.

'Mass chaos': 37,000 nursing home eviction notices prepared in Louisiana

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.

Obesity soars among long-stay nursing home residents

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.

Also in the News for Tuesday, May 8

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

Golden Living to give union members $1.7M in back pay

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.

3 nursing home employees indicted in resident's death

Three Ohio nursing home workers were indicted last week for allegedly falsifying bed check records and failing to provide care to a resident.

Also in the news for Monday, May 7

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

McKnight's nabs Gold Award for 'Best News' for 9th straight year

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.

RN representation holds steady in nursing homes

RN representation holds steady in nursing homes

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.

Lawsuit: Dangerous lift transfers preceded woman's deadly fall at nursing home

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.

Also in the News for Friday, May 4

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

Nurses everywhere to be honored with 'their' week

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.

Skyline's implosion continues with Pennsylvania takeover

Skyline's implosion continues with Pennsylvania takeover

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.

Graying Maine tops 2018 list of best places to be a nurse

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.

Proposal would create long-term care benefit for Medicare beneficiaries

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.

Also in the News for Thursday, May 3

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

New Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) driving questions about therapy

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.

Voters might get Medicaid brush-off in another state — if they put candidate in governor's office

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.

Also in the News for Wednesday, May 2

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

Officials may push data-sharing as new Medicare participation requirement

Officials may push data-sharing as new Medicare participation requirement

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.

CMS targets $180 million in Medicare diabetes savings

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.

Visit from home care nurses linked to more emergency department use by seniors

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.

Also in the News for Tuesday, May 1

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.

LTC providers see 'great improvement' in proposed new Medicare payment system

LTC providers see 'great improvement' in proposed new Medicare payment system

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.

No sign language interpreter for two years? Deaf former resident can sue nursing home

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.

Also in the News for Monday, April 30

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

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.

Trump expected to hit Medicaid, Medicare with spending cuts package

Trump expected to hit Medicaid, Medicare with spending cuts package

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.

Federal court allows civil rights case against public nursing home to proceed

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.

Also in the News for Friday, April 27

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

McKnight's earns top honors for design, digital and writing

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'

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.