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

Print Issue: March 01, 2018

Shingles shot a yes for seniors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently endorsed a new vaccine for shingles prevention in those over age 50, saying it is more effective than a live attenuated version. The new recombinant vaccine, available since October, consists of two doses administered two to six months apart. RZV can provide substantial protection against herpes zoster…

Online Expo enjoying 12th year

Providers will have ongoing access to all sessions at this month’s 12th Annual McKnight’s Online Expo for at least six months after the event, organizers confirmed during final preparations.

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…

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