October 2019 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: October 2019

72 SNFs safely evacuated

FLORIDA —The state of Florida evacuated 72 nursing homes and assisted living facilities in late August in an effort to keep residents safe from Hurricane Dorian.  Just four of the long-term care facilities were evacuated for not having emergency generators and access to backup power, which became required under a new law in the wake…

Nursing homes gain short reprieve from funding cuts

CONNECTICUT — Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) administration offered nine nursing homes a  temporary reprieve from Medicaid funding cuts that have been threatening the facilities.  The state Department of Social Services agreed to suspend plans to reduce one-and-a-half months’ worth of funding for the nursing homes, starting in late September. State Republican senators had called for…

Esformes gets 20 years

FLORIDA — Long-term care businessman Philip Esformes was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of running a $1.3 billion Medicare fraud scheme through his network of nursing homes.  The sentence was delivered by Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. in the U.S. Southern District of Florida in mid-September. Prosecutors sought at least a…

Robotic neck brace boosts ALS patients’ functionality

Columbia University researchers have designed a novel robotic brace that supports the neck during its natural motion and dramatically assists ALS patients in holding their heads up and actively supporting them during a variety of range of motion tasks.   Researchers say the device would help improve patients’ quality of life, not only in improving…

October IT Update

» New research has found that eye-tracking technology may make it possible to predict if people with mild memory and thinking impairments will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Results were published in the journal Aging. » University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers surveyed mood among 1,000 dementia patients — living either at home or in skilled…

Providers may be exploiting Medicare stays: researchers

The Medicare system is spending “significantly” more on post-acute care for patients when compared to those who have commercial insurance, despite it not being clinically more beneficial to do so, a new study has found.  Despite the spending discrepency, there were no significant differences in hospital readmission rates between the commercial insurance and Medicare-covered groups,…

Back pay total: $261,000

Shoddy bookkeeping and pay practices have cost a New York City-based nursing home operator more than $261,000. An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division found that three Centers Health Care-owned nursing homes paid employees only for scheduled hours, while work that was performed before or after scheduled shifts went uncompensated. …

Caryn Adams

Ask the payment expert: PDPM is now underway, what should I be concerned about?

Now that PDPM is officially underway, what should I be concerned about? As our clinical team and I have completed trainings for facility staff on the Patient-Driven Payment Model, questions and concerns related to compliance and payment have come forth. The way skilled nursing facilities will be reimbursed has changed; the Medicare regulations and requirements…

Start-up Ignite Medical gets hospital backing in new deal

Upscale rehab provider Ignite Medical Resorts and the University of Kansas Health System have partnered as owners of the revamped Kansas City Transitional Care Center. Now operating as Ignite Medical Resort, in partnership with the University of Kansas Health System, the 96-bed skilled nursing facility will complement an existing 29-bed in-patient rehab center on a…

Ensign picks up No. 202

The Ensign Group Inc. recently acquired the real estate and operations of Temple View Transitional Care Center, a 119-bed skilled nursing facility in Rexburg, ID. It brings Ensign’s portfolio to 202 skilled nursing operations, 27 of which also include assisted living; 57 assisted and independent living operations; 26 home health agencies; 28 hospice agencies and…

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