The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services brought out its equivalent of a brass band and confetti machine Tuesday to tout a new provider payment strategy. One could almost hear strains of "Happy Days Are Here Again" in the background.
Perhaps you think that the new therapy-payment bombshell (RCS-1) has turned out to be a dud. I hope to make the point that it was not.
New attendance records are expected to be set at the 12th Annual McKnight's Online Expo next week during the five-webinar virtual trade show.
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission members reportedly expressed unanimous support for a plan to transition to a new post-acute payment system beginning in 2019 at a meeting last week.
Long-term care providers could see changes to their payment system as early as 2019 under an incremental transition period being considered by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
Despite the closing of the official comment period, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said Thursday they will still accept feedback from providers on a proposal to replace the current skilled nursing therapy reimbursement method.
Long-term care beneficiaries may be at risk under proposed reimbursement rates for clinical laboratory tests, the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care said on Tuesday.
A unified post-acute payment system proposed by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is "unworkable as a foundation" the American Hospital Association maintains.
Much of what I know about success (or failure) in life, love and long-term care has been reinforced by lessons learned over years of hiking. As a result, I now take it as a point of professional pride that regardless of the challenge facing our profession, I can always find an analogy to the trail.
Attendees will learn to navigate today's dramatically shifting regulatory landscape, and reap maximum payments, at a special McKnight's webinar on May 23. "Regulatory and payment reforms: Surviving risks, mining opportunities" will start at 1 p.m. Eastern and offers 1 free continuing education credit.
I'd say the thing we write about most often in this line of work is payment issues. As a long-term care provider, you are eternally under pressure with whether there will be enough to pay for everything.
Sometimes well-meaning supervisors (and sometimes leaders who don't want to do the hard work of dealing with problems) try to use appreciation as a "quick fix" for deeper issues that need to be addressed.
Most long-term care facilities would probably like to forget about last week. That's because two figurative bombshells exploded.
Final preparations are underway for the 2016 ASCP Forum, an annual meeting of long-term care stakeholders. The American Society of Consultant Pharmacies event takes place April 11 and 12 at the Hilton Baltimore.
If you are a post-acute provider, the big health news last week was not Donald Trump unveiling his post-Obamacare blueprint. It was the fact that MedPAC is getting closer to a rather brazen new approach to post-acute payments: equal pay for equal work.
My friend Rich admittedly didn't know much about the group of school kids he was about to oversee. But as a business manager, he told me he had his own favorite method of ironing out disagreements between two squabbling parties. Stop the emails, third-party negotiating and excuse-making. Just put them face-to-face in a room together.
Providers have an outstanding chance to polish their knowledge and skills in three key areas of long-term care Wednesday. McKnight's 3rd Annual Fall Online Expo features nationally respected speakers addressing staffing, payment and quality delivery issues. All events, including up to three continuing education credits are free.
Medicare skilled nursing facilities would get a net 1.2% pay increase — totaling $430 million — in fiscal 2016 under a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Thursday.
Providers in the post-acute care sector seem to be united in wanting BACPAC to take a hike.
Because it does not allow for states' consent, the proposed Medicaid Patient CARE Act block-grant program likely will be considered unconstitutional, say two public policy authorities.
A metric is a measurement of some sort of factor. For a quality metric, we are measuring quality in your facility. Companies measure performance against quality standards to determine whether they're meeting expectations. This measurement may be compared to benchmarks by labor market, by state or by national prevalence.
Accuracy mistakes in MDS 3.0 data may cause additional payment problems, a reimbursement expert warns.
Far more than half of the $360 billion in Medicare payments made just two years ago were based on traditional fee-for-service models without regard to quality or value, according to an independent report released Tuesday.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to raise hospice payment rates by nearly $200 million, or 2%, in fiscal year 2016. They come under a sweeping proposal establishing payment tiers based on length of stay and laying the groundwork for additional quality reporting measures.
More than just collecting data, providers need to use standardized, nationally recognized measures. Especially in this era of ACOs and alternative payment models. In the past, many individual providers used their own methodology to create their own "data driven" story.
The Senate overwhelmingly voted to pass H.R. 2 Tuesday night, paving the way for repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate and drawing the praise of the largest nursing home association in the country.
It might still be snowing in some parts of the country, but there's no better sign of spring than the beginning of the McKnight's Online Expo.
McKnight's 9th Annual Online Expo kicks off Wednesday, and organizers are bracing for record numbers of attendees.
The Justice Department announced on Thursday it had captured $3.3 billion from healthcare fraud prosecutions and other deals in 2014, bringing to nearly $28 billion the total amount it has recouped since the beginning of its 18-year-old Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program.
Healthcare is mandated to reduce spending. The problem is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and others are so blinded by the "reduce spending" element that we have lost our ability to appreciate prevention.