Q&A: Maryland SNF joins ‘transformative’ palliative care study
Nov 07, 2022
Meadow Park in Catonsville, MD, will receive a $15,000 grant and gain the support of study partners in a palliative care program that it says will help change how the long-term care industry provides advanced...
Call for tougher SNF licensing rules loses support
Jun 23, 2022
A measure aimed at strengthening California’s licensing requirements for potential buyers of skilled nursing facilities has begun to lose steam among some lawmakers following changes that reshaped the...
NYC facility halves UTI rate, care costs with ‘practical’ intervention
Mar 15, 2021
Gouverneur Health, a 295-bed skilled nursing facility, brought its average UTI rate to 2.13%, — lower than state and national benchmarks — and reduced its related care costs by 52% from the pre-intervention...
COPD patients discharged to a skilled nursing facility are twice as likely to die within a year
Nov 06, 2014
People who go to a skilled nursing facility after being hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are about twice as likely to die within a year, according to recently released findings.
Court green-lights charges that a healthcare network underused observation stays
Oct 23, 2014
A whistleblower can continue to pursue charges that a Nevada healthcare network routinely admitted people as hospital inpatients when they should have been placed in observation status, a federal appeals...
Good performance on SNF quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions, study finds
Oct 15, 2014
A skilled nursing facility that scores well on quality measures is not necessarily reducing residents’ risk of death or readmission within 30 days of arriving from a hospital, according to findings...
SNFs limited in disasters
Oct 01, 2014
Skilled care facilities officially tabbed “alternate care sites” may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, according to a report that examines hospital disaster...
Dated technology can cause communication rifts: study
Oct 01, 2014
Outmoded methods of communication between caregivers may be responsible for significant amounts of wasted time during shifts, resulting in inefficient patient transfers and hundreds of thousands of dollars...
CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis
Sep 02, 2014
A new Medicare hospice manual update includes instructions for which principal diagnosis codes are acceptable, and clarifies which codes should be used for services in a skilled versus non-skilled nursing...
Empowering nurse practitioners could reduce hospitalizations from SNFs, study finds
Aug 29, 2014
Granting more authority to nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents, according to recently published findings.