Mount Sinai's hospital-at-home model improves patient outcomes

Patients participating in a hospital-at-home model crafted by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reported shorter readmissions, fewer emergency department visits and better patient experience. more

6/25/2018

Nearly 400 people used California assisted death law in 2017

California health officials reported Friday that 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in 2017, the first full year after a law made the option legal. more

6/25/2018

Fragmented markets inflate healthcare spending

Low-cost markets typically have at least one integrated delivery system as a significant competitor as well as closely aligned physicians and good data-sharing tools, according to a new report. more

6/25/2018

AMGA creates standardized quality reporting measurement set

AMGA endorsed a set of 14 quality measures for payers to use to simplify providers' reporting process for value-based purchasing programs. more

6/25/2018

Former nursing home staffer charged with manslaughter after ignoring facility's lift protocols

A former aide at one Minnesota nursing home has been charged with manslaughter, after shirking the facility's lift procedures. more

6/25/2018

CMS announcement reminds changes are near regarding Nursing Home Compare, staffing levels

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is reminding skilled nursing providers that they have until Sunday (July 1) to review their performance data before it will be displayed publicly on the Nursing Home Compare website. more

6/25/2018

Hospitals roll out online price estimators as CMS presses for transparency

The growing availability of personalized estimator tools makes it harder for hospitals to argue they shouldn't be required to publish prices, as the CMS wants. more

6/23/2018

Week Ahead: VA's $10 billion contract with Cerner to get oversight committee's attention

The House Veterans' Affairs Committee begins what is likely to be a long oversight process of Cerner's hefty contract to modernize the VA's electronic health record system. more

6/23/2018

Commentary: Value in healthcare remains an imperative; it's just the matter of how we get there

Researchers have found no correlation between the prevalence of population-based value-based payment models and total cost of care. Does that mean we've been on the wrong track? In a word, no. Value, as a principle, remains as solid as ever. more

6/23/2018

Hospital lab charge spikes found at rural hospitals

Rural hospitals with a relatively large amount of lab revenue may be jumping through a healthcare contracting loophole. more

6/23/2018

Lab processing strategy likely behind big increases in rural hospital charges

An analysis of Medicare cost data found which hospitals have seen their outpatient lab processing charges rise sharply in recent time periods. more

6/23/2018

Not-for-profit health systems working to get around tax on high exec pay

Not-for-profit health systems are finding clever ways to reduce or avoid the new tax law's 21% excise tax on executive compensation that exceeds $1 million. more

6/23/2018

CMS launches tool to help skilled nursing providers achieve interoperability

The federal government launched a new tool on Thursday as part of an effort to give skilled nursing a better vehicle to exchange records with other healthcare stakeholders. more

6/22/2018

Residents receive roast accidentally seasoned with toxic hand cleaner

Residents at one Canadian nursing home were recently served roast beef seasoned with toxic hand sanitizer. more

6/22/2018

A tale of 2 vaccines: Shingles hot and hard to find; new flu shot languished, the CDC reports

A new vaccine has demonstrated success at treating shingles in the senior population, but actually finding the drug is proving difficult. more

6/22/2018

House GOP proposed budget takes a big whack at Medicare, Medicaid

A budget proposal released by House Republicans on Tuesday takes a big chunk out of two of skilled nursing's biggest sources of revenue. more

6/21/2018

Lawmakers demand 'secret' nursing home rankings see daylight

Following a bombshell report released earlier this week, federal lawmakers are demanding that the Department of Veterans Affairs release once-hidden information about care quality at its nursing homes. more

6/21/2018

Facility accused in Irma deaths loses court battle

A Florida nursing home — which was the site of several residents' deaths after Hurricane Irma — was dealt a blow Wednesday in its attempts to reopen. more

6/21/2018

When health goes south — and fast

Today, life is great. But in February, my pregnancy showed how quickly medical situations can take a nosedive and how medical students can be an asset to patients, and potentially your facility. more

6/21/2018

Free VR dementia course geared to boost empathy

Relias has released "A Day in the Life of Henry: A Dementia Experience" to anyone free of charge, the company announced last week. more

6/20/2018

Despite not using long-term care, millennials have strong opinions on how it should be paid for

Though millennials aren't going to be utilizing long-term care anytime soon, they're still proving a big part of the puzzle — and have strong opinions on who should foot the bill for services. more

6/20/2018

Nursing home loses arbitration bid in wrongful death case

A Nebraska nursing home — which was attempting to sort out a wrongful death case via arbitration — must, instead, go to trial. more

6/20/2018

Consulate avoids 20-year Medicaid ban; but long road remains ahead

The Consulate Health Care nursing home chain has avoided an unprecedented 20-year Medicaid ban for one of its Florida facilities, a rare "win" for it with regulators lately. But the provider still has a long road ahead. more

6/20/2018

Nursing home rankings, once hidden from public, reveal poor picture of VA care

The federal government has hidden poor quality ratings at Veterans Affairs nursing homes from the public, according to a high-profile report, issued Monday. more

6/19/2018

MedPAC calls for lower SNF pay rates; provider advocates fire back

Provider advocates returned fire on Monday, after the group of experts, which advises Congress on Medicare policy, said future pay bumps for skilled nursing should be nixed. more

6/19/2018

GDRs, antipsychotics and PRNs, Oh My!

With off-label antipsychotic use dangerously high in U.S. nursing homes as reported by Human Rights Watch, a question undoubtedly on the tip of everyone's tongue is "How do we fix this?" We all know the scenarios. We've seen them happen. How do we handle them? more

6/18/2018

Report: CMS hospital star ratings wrong for two years

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has miscalculated hospital star ratings for two years, according to a startling report published by Modern Healthcare Friday. more

6/18/2018

Miss Dudlicek was right: There are at least two sides to this nursing home story

Regardless, my class took in the film as part of a field trip, which meant our teacher was obligated to talk about the basics of the scrivener's craft afterward. more

6/18/2018

Skyline avoids class-action suit in Arkansas

A federal judge has dismissed a potential class action lawsuit against Skyline Highland Holdings — an entity connected to the operator whose homes went into receivership en masse this spring — ruling the case was without merit because attorneys failed to describe specific harm to residents. more

6/18/2018

Long-term care deals drove busy May

A month of more than 90 healthcare transactions was led by long-term care movers and shakers, according to a list compiled for Bloomberg Law. more

6/18/2018