As Medicare Advantage grows, experts say, so do hard-to-fight denials
May 19, 2022
In addition to sagging Medicare Advantage payment rates, some skilled nursing providers also find themselves routinely doing battle to get paid for services they’ve already delivered.
DaVita exec skeptical pandemic is receding
May 11, 2022
The chief financial officer for global dialysis provider DaVita Health is throwing cold water on the notion that the COVID-19 pandemic is ending anytime soon.
Medicare policy changes tied to drop in hospice use for dementia
May 09, 2022
Immediate and lasting reductions were seen in the share of dementia patients receiving hospice care.
Study: Telehealth hospital follow-ups comparable to inpatient visits during pandemic
May 04, 2022
Patients receiving telehealth care for a new health condition fared just as well as those who consulted with a provider through inpatient visits.
LTC visitor data: Home health, hospice care held steady while family visits plummeted
May 04, 2022
An analysis of sign-ins at 6,000 SNFs and senior living facilities found that third-party care such as home health visits remained consistent during the pandemic, while family visits were curtailed.
Reform payment to compel hiring, home-like changes: expert
May 03, 2022
Lawmakers must first tackle “relatively low” Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing homes if they want to prod providers into hiring more staff, adopting more home-like models of care and improving...
‘Remote possibility’ CMS phases in proposed pay cuts for SNFs
Apr 26, 2022
Now is the time for skilled nursing providers to let their voices be heard after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its SNF proposed pay rule for fiscal 2023, which calls for $320 million...
Study: Healthy lifestyle adds to longevity, but not for Alzheimer’s patients
Apr 19, 2022
A healthy lifestyle can go a long way to adding years to your life, but it might not help those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
CMS to pay for second booster shots for Medicare beneficiaries
Apr 07, 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Wednesday that it will pay for a second COVID-19 booster shot of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for all Medicare beneficiaries.
Researchers: Remote patient monitoring, telehealth saved lives during pandemic
Feb 28, 2022
Wider use of hospital-at-home and other acute-care programs has helped reduce patients’ exposure to the coronavirus and free up hospital beds for sicker patients. The technologies should be more...