Medicare spending on nursing homes, home medical care and other outside care will increasingly come under the government microscope according to a Kaiser Health News/Washington Post report. Widely varied...
Dementia residents with Medicare managed care plan less likely to be hospitalized, JAMA finds
Sep 25, 2013
Nursing home residents with advanced dementia who were covered under a Medicare managed care plan were more likely to have a do-not-hospitalize order and less likely to be transferred to a hospital, a...
When two midnights doesn’t equal three days
Sep 23, 2013
Hospital observation stays have been increasing, as have Medicare auditors’ denial of claims related to short inpatient stays on the basis that they should have been counted as observation stays....
New calculation method would reduce readmissions penalties, CMS says
Apr 30, 2013
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changing the way hospital readmission penalties are calculated as part of its 2014 Medicare rate update. Potential readmissions penalties for long-term...
American HealthTech gets new data partner
Apr 17, 2013
American HealthTech and Maun-Lemke Speaking and Consulting recently announced a strategic partnership in which operations solutions that benefit skilled providers will be jointly marketed.
CDC says fewer people are dying in hospitals, highlighting importance of end-of-life care in nursing...
Mar 28, 2013
The number of people dying in hospitals decreased 8% between 2000-2010 even as overall hospitalizations rose, suggesting nursing homes, hospices and home health providers are playing larger roles in end-of-life...
House and Senate lawmakers officially introduce observation stay bills
Mar 15, 2013
Lawmakers in the House and Senate formally introduced legislation to close the so-called “observation stay loophole” on Thursday.
Allevant Solutions is created in an effort to improve rural care
Mar 13, 2013
Mayo Clinic and Select Medical recently announced the formation of Allevant Solutions. The firm’s goal is to improve healthcare services in nursing homes and hospitals that are located in rural areas.
Provider group pushes for observation stay loophole fix
Sep 05, 2012
A long-term care group is urging regulators to continue work on fixing the “observation stay loophole” that makes it harder for Medicare beneficiaries to get nursing home care.
Turning a challenge into an opportunity
Jul 27, 2012
Many nursing home administrators are not sleeping well these days. If it’s any consolation, hospital administrators are probably catching even fewer winks.