BREAKING: CMS resumes routine inspections for nursing home providers
Aug 17, 2020
After nearly five months, federal officials disclosed Monday that they are resuming routine inspections for all Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers.
Race and location — not star ratings — tied to COVID-19 deaths, say investigators
Jun 02, 2020
Urban location, greater percentage of African American residents, and larger facility size are some of the factors linked to the likelihood of COVID‐19 infections in eldercare facilities.
U.S. seniors report declining mental health, but physical health stable, study finds
Jan 06, 2020
Mental health concerns rose among older Americans from 2003 to 2017, mirroring a trend in younger adults.
Trump administration scaling back nursing home fines: report
Jan 02, 2018
Shortly before President Donald Trump was inaugurated, the American Health Care Association sent him a letter asking for regulatory relief, with one of the group’s top executives later saying the...
How should long-term care providers celebrate? Let us count the ways
James M. Berklan
Mar 31, 2016
Long-term care operators have plenty of reasons to recoil and lick their wounds over the course of a year. But there are also good times when they should find reason to smile. Like this past week.
National standardized surveys for nursing homes in the works
James M. Berklan
Dec 02, 2015
You kind of get the sense that a government watchdog didn’t want to believe the good numbers coming out of its latest research into nursing home care, so it felt the need to introduce uncertainty.
For Texas operators, a proposal that might not be as appealing as it sounds
Dec 19, 2014
At first blush, providers in other states might feel a bit envious about a proposal being floated in Texas. But they might want to reconsider.
Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding
Nov 04, 2014
Special surveys to determine Minimum Data Set coding accuracy and nursing home staffing levels will occur nationwide in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in an Oct. 31 memorandum....
The fault in our (5) stars
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC
Sep 19, 2014
So, let me start off by saying that I am sure a lot of us have our own rating systems. For example, my sisters and I have a tissue-box rating system for tearjerker books and movies. The book the “Fault...
Four reasons why states need to stop inspecting nursing facilities
Aug 08, 2014
What if every state had its own language, currency and traffic signals? Life could get a lot more complicated once you ventured into another jurisdiction.