Commentary: Listening to LGBTQ patient voices

This month, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities around the nation are holding Pride observances to recognize hard-fought civil rights battles and to celebrate sexual diversity. While LGBTQ freedom, rights and acceptance have... more

6/19/2018

Healthcare provider organizations seek digital tools to improve the patient experience

Almost all healthcare organizations surveyed by EY are either in the process of adopting new technology or are planning on doing so in the next year. more

6/19/2018

Heritage Foundation, conservative policymakers unveil block grant health plan

The plan, backed by a coalition of policymakers including former Sen. Rick Santorum, largely mirrors last year's failed Graham-Cassidy bill, and doesn't have a clear path to passage in Congress. more

6/19/2018

Trump administration finalizes rule to expand association health plan access

The Trump administration unveiled its rule allowing more small businesses and self-employed workers to band together to buy insurance. The policy likely will weaken the individual health insurance market, experts said. more

6/19/2018

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

Medicare readmissions program not causing observation stay spike

MedPAC found that a CMS program to reduce hospital readmissions didn't cause a spike in observation stays. The report is in response to research that showed hospitals would put people in observation status to avoid penalties. more

6/18/2018

Molina secures Florida Medicaid contract after successful protest

Molina Healthcare won a contract to serve Medicaid members in two of Florida's 11 regions after challenging the state's initial contract awards, which shut the insurer out of the lucrative Florida Medicaid market. more

6/18/2018

Ascension ramps up automation subsidiary

The largest Catholic health system in the country launched its subsidiary Agilify, which looks to replace labor-intensive, repetitive tasks with software automation for organizations across all industries. more

6/18/2018

Abbott's choice: acquire more businesses now or pay later

Abbott Laboratories needs to decide whether to jump back into the merger arena or rely on internal revenue sources to drive growth and support Abbott's shares, which have leveled off since climbing 40% to a five-year peak of $63.62 during the 12... more

6/18/2018

Former pharma executives sue over firings

Two former executives of a biopharmaceutical company have filed a lawsuit against board members of their former employer, alleging violations of SEC rules and Michigan whistleblower laws that they contend led to their firings late last month. more

6/18/2018

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

State appeals court reinstates California's right-to-die law

California health officials reported that 111 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months after the law went into effect June 9, 2016, making the option legal in the nation's most populous state. 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

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

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

Veterans Affairs unveils first rankings for its 133 nursing homes

Rankings unveiled by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the first time this week allow consumers to compare 133 federally run nursing homes against thousands of privately operated ones ranked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. more

6/15/2018

Quality group urges CMS to reconsider dropping safety measures

The Leapfrog Group, widely known as an arbiter of quality in acute care circles, is opposing a proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to cut safety measures from two quality reporting programs. more

6/15/2018

Study: Medication assistants can help nursing homes during a nurse staffing crunch

When facing a shortage of licensed nurses, certified nurse aides trained as medication assistants can be a viable alternative, according to a pilot study detailed in the Annals of Long Term Care. more

6/15/2018

Sacred moments in the therapy gym

I haven't perched in a tree waiting for Bigfoot, or spent a morning with binoculars in a rowboat on Loch Ness. But I recently had a ringside seat for one of those elusive rehab therapy triumphs — the kind I always hear about, but had never personally witnessed. more

6/14/2018

Former nursing home owner's 'every nickel' possibly at stake with class action ruling

A New York judge has cleared the way for residents of a troubled nursing home to pursue a class-action lawsuit against its former owners. more

6/14/2018

HHS wants Kindred dual-eligible case dismissed

The federal government wants a court to toss Kindred Healthcare's attempt to collect $10.1 million in dual-eligible payments, according to legal filings reported this week. more

6/14/2018

Ruling on nursing home arbitration shows the fine print counts

Signing on the dotted line counts in arbitration cases, even if the text explaining that arbitration is voluntary isn't in bold print. more

6/14/2018

Life or death

As healthcare workers, especially as healthcare workers in long-term care, we don't have jobs that most people can identify with. more

6/13/2018

Context is everything with antipsychotics and the elderly

It seems if you want to stir up a sizable dustball of commotion these days, all it takes is a sprinkle of the word "antipsychotics" here and there. Trust us, we know. more

6/13/2018

Welltower/ProMedica may be out as QCP courts another bidder

Quality Care Properties announced Tuesday it is investigating an acquisition proposal that "could reasonably be expected to lead to a 'superior offer' " to one already on the table from real estate investment trust Welltower. more

6/13/2018

Nurse leaders shouldn't have to ask: Who's your daddy?

I was recently telling a good friend of mine about one of the best job candidate interviews I ever conducted. more

6/12/2018

Big state budget changes alter nursing homes' outlook

In Missouri, the difference between the coming fiscal year and this time last year couldn't be more stark. more

6/12/2018

Hit with two lawsuits, Legislature finally takes on nursing home Medicaid delays

A bill giving provisional eligibility to patients who wait more than 45 days to find out their Medicaid status is close to approval in Illinois. more

6/12/2018