CMS overcorrects in cancellation of cardiac models

The CMS may have overcorrected when it honored some hospitals' request to cancel mandatory cardiac pay models. The move means hospitals that were ready to embrace the models could be out millions of dollars. more

10/19/2017

Maryland launches healthcare cost and quality site for residents

Maryland launched on Thursday the website Wear the Cost, which allows residents to look up the cost and quality of certain procedures at the state's hospitals in order to promote consumerism and transparency. more

10/19/2017

US regulators approve 2nd gene therapy for blood cancer

Kite Pharma's newly approved blood cancer treatment, Yescarta, uses gene therapy techniques not to fix disease-causing genes but to turbocharge T cells, immune system soldiers that cancer can often evade. more

10/19/2017

Study: Opioids can cause harm in hospitals beyond addiction risk

A new analysis suggests hospitals should pay more attention to reducing adverse events related to the use of opioids among inpatients. more

10/19/2017

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable. more

10/19/2017

Senate committee kicks off investigation into nursing home emergency preparedness rules

The Senate Finance Committee will be scrutinizing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' upcoming emergency preparedness rules for nursing homes in light of recent hurricanes, committee leaders announced Wednesday. more

10/19/2017

Pharmacist sentenced to probation in nursing home drug reuse scheme

A former employee of a Pennsylvania pharmacy was sentenced to probation and community service on Tuesday for her role in a scheme to repackage drugs that went unused by area nursing homes. more

10/19/2017

Anthem's new PBM to spark change throughout the industry

There has been heightened scrutiny over pharmacy benefit managers' role in drug pricing in recent years. Anthem's creation of its own pharmacy benefit management company could drive change throughout the industry as health plans and PBMs aim to... more

10/18/2017

ACOs for specialty providers could be key to Medicare savings

Although most value-based pay models focus on primary care services, providers and policy experts hope the recent financial success of accountable care organizations targeting dialysis patients will lead to more disease-specific pay models. more

10/18/2017

Highmark's Allegheny Health Network announces $1B expansion

Highmark Health will spend $1 billion to expand its Allegheny Health Network hospital chain, including a new 160-bed hospital in Pittsburgh's North Hills suburbs, four smaller neighborhood hospitals and renovations to existing hospitals. more

10/18/2017

Opioids are a major culprit in medication malpractice claims

Opioids accounted for 24% of medication malpractice claims, making it the leading cause of such claims from 2012 to 2016. more

10/18/2017

AMA launches collaborative data project

The American Medical Association is throwing its hat into the data and interoperability game with the launch of the Integrated Health Model Initiative, which will develop a framework for the industry to collect, organize and share health data that... more

10/18/2017

CMS could overhaul therapy pay rules in 2018

LAS VEGAS - The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services' recent advanced notice of proposed rulemaking could bring a total overhaul of therapy payment rules and be in place as early as October 2018 in a "worse case scenario," an official with the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living shared at the group's annual meeting on Tuesday. more

10/18/2017

What's on LTC's 'to-don't' list?

My main takeaway from a key speech Monday is likely something that hit home for others in the audience as well: we should focus less on what we should be doing, and more on what we shouldn't. more

10/18/2017

CMS facility assessment tool unveiled

Medline and Providigm, the creator of abaqis, unveiled a new CMS Facility Assessment Tool during the The AHCA/NCAL 68th Annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas. more

10/17/2017

Nursing documentation does it again

Let's face it. Nursing documentation can get you in trouble with your supervisor, make a surveyor faint, make a lawyer rich or make blog readers laugh. I'm going for the last here. What follows are actual examples I found after a quick search. Honest. more

10/17/2017

Parkinson stresses strength, moving forward at AHCA convention in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention & Expo kicked off on Monday with a moment of silence in the wake of a recent tragedy. more

10/17/2017

Essentials of managing behavior in LTC

With all the recent restrictions on psychotropic medications in skilled nursing facilities, many facilities find themselves struggling with a resurgence in unwanted resident behaviors that were previously well-managed by anti-psychotics, benzodiazepines and other drugs. more

10/16/2017

Missing SNF resident found trapped but alive in sinkhole

A resident missing from a Missouri nursing home was rescued last week from a sinkhole behind the facility, according to local reports. more

10/16/2017

Greystone gets the Gold: Named best in Transitions category of McKnight's Tech Awards

Greystone Healthcare Management has received the Gold Award in the McKnight's Tech Awards competition in the Transitions category for its management of resident transitions. more

10/16/2017

Promising signs on the regulatory front

President Trump is no fan of regulations, and long-term care operators have more than their fair share to contend with. So it's a welcome breeze when Trump says he wants to start eliminating some regulations. But the industry ought to do something more on its own. more

10/16/2017

Don't be a Humpty Dumpty leader: How to engage your inner creative self

In my last article, I shared with you the latest research on employee and leader engagement. Let's now look at what leaders can do to improve engagement and help themselves become an engaged leader. more

10/13/2017

More than 100 lawmakers urge CMS to rethink long-term care requirements

More than 120 House Representatives have joined in signing a letter that asks the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to "re-evaluate" the requirements of participation for long-term care providers. more

10/13/2017

Here's a road map to the LTC leaders you should be following

You could make good use of talking pens, drone technology and a program that brings 70% reduction in incontinent episodes, right? Yes, you could — just like your fellow providers have. more

10/13/2017

Wine country wildfires force evacuation of frail residents at CA's largest veterans home

More than 100 of the frailest residents of California's largest veterans long-term care facility were evacuated this week amid concerns that rampant wildfires in the area could be detrimental to their health. more

10/13/2017

Dunwoody named 'Dignity' Gold Award winner

It's hard to find a trickier problem for long-term care providers than incontinence and toilet training management. Efforts by Dunwoody Village in Newtown Square, PA, to address the problem led the operator to the Gold Award in the Dignity category of the 2017 McKnight's Tech Awards competition. more

10/13/2017

Do the (most) right thing

As a leader, you should do the right thing, and if you don't know the right thing to do, do what you feel is most right. Stop overthinking it. more

10/12/2017

Illuminate HC wins Quality division in McKnight's Tech Awards

Illuminate HC operators saw a "consistent and direct" correlation between delays in call-light response times and negative — and avoidable — patient experiences. Their efforts to change the model, especially around staffing, led them to win the Gold Award in the McKnight's Technology Awards competition in the Quality category. more

10/12/2017

SNF biller charged in $600,000 Medicaid fraud scheme after facility alerts authorities

A former biller for a Michigan nursing home has been charged with multiple fraud-related charges after authorities say she pocketed residents' cash payments to the facility. more

10/12/2017

'Friendly' Florida laws may limit awards for families suing after loved ones died in hurricane-related heat

Florida's state laws may make it harder for family members suing The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills for its handling of Hurricane Irma and the 14 resident deaths that ensued to collect legal damage awards. more

10/12/2017