States threaten Medicaid cuts as providers plead for the opposite
Mar 29, 2021
Medicaid reimbursements for Florida nursing homes would drop nearly $81 million next fiscal year in a new budget proposal, pitting state lawmakers against providers in a battle likely to take place in...
Industry may ‘never be the same’ without increases in Medicaid reimbursement, advisors warn
Feb 19, 2021
Increased state Medicaid reimbursement is necessary if providers ever hope to improve their financial and operational outlooks, a new analysis by advisory firm Marcum LLP suggests.
OnPointe CEO: Pandemic should be catalyst for payment changes, shedding ‘wrong strategy’
Jan 29, 2021
Some look at the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and question how they can make their buildings safer. Eric Tanner, CEO of transitional and skilled care specialist OnPointe, sees the crisis as a launching point...
CMS considering different reimbursement strategies for COVID-19 tests
Sep 17, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could change the way it pays for COVID-19 tests, a top federal health official suggested this week. The move would come just months after the agency doubled...
What Election Day may spell for skilled care
Oct 30, 2018
We’ve been talking about it for months and now the day of reckoning has almost arrived: Election Day is just one week away, and the stakes could be very high for the skilled nursing crowd. The makeup...
Making sense out of quality measures in long-term care
May 11, 2018
Dan Ciolek has spent some 30 years in long-term care, and though he’s become adept at quite a few topics in the field, one thing he’s still trying to make sense of is quality measures.
With no promise of therapy caps fix, real pain hitting home
James M. Berklan
Feb 02, 2018
Long-term care providers who supply therapy weren’t invited to the big party Thursday, but they’re hoping they’ll still have reason to celebrate soon anyway.
Not so fast: Some Republicans reluctant to pursue Medicare cuts in 2018
Dec 13, 2017
Some Senate Republicans are skeptical about cutting spending on social programs — Medicare included — in the months leading up to the 2018 elections.
What if the guy with the flying reindeer were disabled?
James M. Berklan
Dec 17, 2015
There is something oddly juxtaposed about so many Americans cheerfully reaching out to a jolly, obese man in a red suit at this time of year. Good thing he isn’t ill or disabled and in need of skilled...
ADL coding: The importance of being accurate
Jan 16, 2015
Section G is one of the most inaccurately coded sections of the MDS 3.0. This is primarily due to the inaccuracy of the supporting documentation for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).