December 2019 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: December 2019

Deadly fungus found at 103 NY facilities

Providers in New York are fearing “unnecessary panic” after the state’s Department of Health disclosed the names of medical facilities where patients have been treated for the deadly fungus, Candida auras.  The list featured the names of 103 long-term care nursing homes, 64 hospitals, three hospice unites and a long-term hospital. “Without a fuller understanding…

Robert Blancato

Providers slammed at House hearing

Senior advocates heavily criticized nursing homes at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing in mid-November, blasting the field for allegedly delivering poor care and improperly using antipsychotics.

Parkinson urges compassion

Amid more scrutiny, the head of the nation’s largest nursing home association called on providers to continue delivering compassionate care.  American Health Care President and CEO Mark Parkinson repeatedly emphasized the power of love as he addressed members during the AHCA and National Center for Assisted Living’s 70th Annual Convention and Expo in Orlando, FL,…

Dementia pilot lowers costs

A yearlong pilot of a digital coaching solution designed for caregivers of dementia patients reduced ER visits by 56% and decreased hospitalizations of participants by 21%. Seniorlink’s care collaboration app, Vela, connects trained dementia care coaches with family caregivers of people with dementia. Its Vital Outcomes Inspired by Caregiver Engagement dementia care program uses Seniorlink’s…

SNF bed prices surpass $78K

The average sales price per bed at skilled nursing facilities averaged $78,500 in the four quarters ending Sept. 30. That’s an increase of about $1,000 over the previous year, according to a report published in the fall by Irving Levin Associates.  The report notes that the numbers are “remarkable,” given the rising operating costs and…

Caregiver helps senior walk

SNFs fear proposed 8% cut to therapy

Therapy advocates are pushing back after an 8% therapy cut was part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Payment System Final Rule.  The rule looks to strengthen Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services coding and increase payments for office and outpatient E/M visits. The cuts would offset the payment…

Evan Shulman

CMS: Enough talk about icon

Providers need to move on and should be glad other, “much worse” icons weren’t used to flag facilities cited for certain abuse citations, a top federal official said at the fall LeadingAge conference.

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