March 01, 2018 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: March 01, 2018

CMS Administrator Seema Verma wants more “market competition and consumer choice.”

Federal spending on SNFs is firmly into an upward curve

Spending growth in nursing care and continuing care retirement communities is on the rise and expected to continue for at least the next eight years, according to new federal estimates. The growth rate, which was 3% annually in 2013, will climb to 5.3% by 2026, leading to about $261 billion in yearly expenditures. Also by…

Budget offers pay concerns

Even though a new, unified payment system has been discussed for several years, the mere mention of it in President Trump’s budget proposal jolted observers in February. The budget specifically said a new system is needed due to “excessive payment” currently going to post-acute providers. Such a system would be based on resident/patient need instead…

John Durso, Esq. Nixon Peabody LLP

Ask the legal expert about … liability in flu cases

We’ve taken reasonable precautions, posted signs, added many hand sanitizers, urged hand washing or mask wearing by visitors, etc., but one of our residents got the flu. Now family members are trying to hold us legally responsible for his sickness and ultimate death. What more could we have done? Do we have anything to worry about?

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