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Cuts to home care could mean influx of disabled residents to nursing homes

Deep cuts to a program that provides home-based care for the disabled could force a flood of individuals into nursing homes, stakeholders are warning Missouri and federal officials.

Private funds for long-term care shrivel as more seniors file for bankruptcy

An increasing number of older Americans are filing for bankruptcy, with long-term care costs often one of the driving factors, according to a new study.

Also in the News for Friday, Aug. 17

Nurse charged with bilking elderly couple out of $274K to bankroll 'boutique' nursing home ... High levels of pain linked with impaired memory in older adults ... Residents battling healthcare-associated infections also suffer social, emotional pain

This stinks: New study discovers 'phantom odor' phenomenon in older adults

About 1 in every 15 adults over the age of 40 smells "phantom odors" that aren't really there, according to a new study. The implications for seniors' caregivers can be significant.

Senator demands changes on nursing home staffing

Senator demands changes on nursing home staffing

The ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance is demanding answers on how the federal government plans to better hold nursing homes accountable for staffing decisions.

Congressman vows to help struggling nursing homes with legislation to ease paperwork, improve reimbursement

After a recent visit to his home state, which has been beset by numerous nursing home closures, a U.S. congressman says that he'll push for reforms to help provide relief for the industry.

MedEquities Realty Trust reportedly exploring sale

MedEquities Realty Trust — a publicly traded healthcare real estate company, with a handful of skilled nursing facilities — is exploring a sale.

Also in the News for Thursday, Aug. 16

ManorCare acquisition causes significant credit downgrade for parent ProMedica ... Kidney dialysis patients have higher rates of dementia, new study finds ... Trial date set for woman whose son overdosed on morphine she stole from LTC facility where she worked

Providers go back to college to find success solving the nursing pipeline problem

In talking to young students and potential future workers for their communities, leaders at one Minnesota-based eldercare provider noticed that references and knowledge typically were hospital-oriented.

Hospital group loses bid to toss out accusations that it siphoned $1 million-plus from nursing home to fund other parts of system

A New York hospital system has whiffed on its attempt to bury a whistleblower's claims that it funneled dollars away from its nursing home to pay other parts of the organization.

Judge scolds prosecutors in Esformes record $1 billion fraud case, tosses key evidence

Federal prosecutors — aiming to take down the alleged perpetrator of one of the largest Medicare fraud schemes in history — may have been dealt a blow on Friday.

Also in the News for Wednesday, Aug. 15

New state policy could help nursing home recoup $270,000 in pending claims ... Medicare Advantage plans, acting on incentives, selectively place enrollees in nursing homes that provide higher-quality care ... Legislation streamlining Medicaid approvals too late for one shuttering skilled-care facility

Nursing home star ratings haven't brought reduction in preventable hospitalizations, study finds

Nursing home star ratings haven't brought reduction in preventable hospitalizations, study finds

Nursing homes' publicly reported star ratings have increased substantially since the adoption of the Five-Star Quality Rating System. But there hasn't been a corresponding drop in preventable hospitalizations, according to a new study, and "teaching to the test" could possibly be a culprit.

Dementia and the emergency department can be a toxic combo, analysis says

The hospital emergency department can be a "chaotic" and toxic place for residents suffering from dementia. That's why it's all-the-more important for nursing homes to work closely with their hospital peers to make sure that they're ready for such cases, a new analysis recommends.

Woman may serve 10 years after defrauding program designed to keep patients out of nursing homes

An Illinois woman pled guilty last week to charges that she perpetrated a healthcare fraud scheme designed to keep patients out of nursing homes.

Also in the News for Tuesday, Aug. 14

National Health Investors REIT calls skilled nursing a 'bright spot in our portfolio' ... 'Landmark' new law aims to improve Alzheimer's care in one state ... Managers who support depressed employees can help drop absenteeism, study says

Top industry association 'disappointed' after IRS leaves skilled care in the cold

Top industry association 'disappointed' after IRS leaves skilled care in the cold

The nation's largest skilled nursing trade group expressed "disappointment" Friday that for-profit skilled nursing facilities won't benefit from the Trump administration's new tax law.

Extendicare to pilot 'smart' senior home; gives update on CEO switch

One of the largest providers of skilled nursing care in Canada is testing out a new "smart" senior home model in assisted living, which it may also try out in the skilled nursing space.

Delay in mending seniors' hip fractures could be deadly: Study

If a senior breaks his or her hip, it's best to get them off to surgery as quickly as possible. Otherwise, such fractures can be deadly.

Also in the News for Monday, Aug. 13

After public outcry, hospital forming a 'skilled-nursing task force' to explore whether to shutter service line ... Five Star Senior Living evaluating skilled nursing business to address revenue, occupancy challenges ... Residents say city sold former nursing home 'like a bag of dope'