Nursing home janitor charged after threatening to shoot co-workers

A janitor at a county-owned nursing home in upstate New York threatened to gun down two co-workers, the sheriff said Friday. more

2/20/2018

Ascension's operating margin dips in latest earnings report

Ascension saw its operating margin squeezed during the latter half of 2017 as a result of slumping admissions and revenue lost from divestitures. At the same time, the system has managed to draw more revenue per discharge. more

2/19/2018

CEO Power Panel: Health systems see drugs as fastest-growing expense

Modern Healthcare's CEO Power Panel survey indicates healthcare leaders still fear unbridled drug costs and wonder if the industry has reached a breaking point. more

2/17/2018

Collide or collaborate? Community health centers and hospitals work through their overlap

Community health centers are a powerful player in the towns they serve, and some hospitals are finding themselves on a collision course of competition. In an increasingly complex landscape, can these two uneasy bedfellows make peace? more

2/17/2018

Week ahead: ONC and CMS seek to understand clinician tech burden

As required by the 21st Century Cures Act, the two agencies are meeting with clinicians and others to discuss the burdens that may arise from using EHRs. more

2/17/2018

Lifelike medical dummies animate training at Advocate

At Advocate's second simulation center, clinicians and others practice improving patient safety. more

2/17/2018

Power Panel members see strong demand for physician practices

Drug prices may be the main concern for Power Panel members, but physician practice ownership also has their attention. more

2/17/2018

Editorial: Is the era of healthcare cost control ending?

It's too early to say the era of cost control, which stretched roughly from 2010 to 2016, is over. But as the latest CMS cost projections suggest, the U.S. appears headed into another period when healthcare spending routinely exceeds the economy's... more

2/17/2018

Do hand dryers spread bacteria? Viral Facebook post causes a stir

The viral Facebook post, now shared more than 578,000 times, shows a petri dish swarming with fungi and bacteria collected in an enclosed hand dryer in a women's bathroom. more

2/17/2018

Radiologists give new perspective on Saint-Gaudens sculpture molds

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center radiologists can now say they've made a contribution to art history. The team used a CT scanner and 3-D printers to view and recreate what's inside of sealed molds of 19th century artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens. more

2/17/2018

Q&A with Dr. Stephen Klasko: 'My bias is that we talk about the wrong things'

From the way medical students are selected and trained to how policy debates are framed, healthcare needs an overhaul, according to Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. more

2/17/2018

To help elderly patients, CMS should prohibit PBM fees - not reform them

Over just the past few years, the nation's three largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) - CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and Optum Rx - have come to control more than 80% of prescriptions dispensed in America. For seniors living in the nation's long term care (LTC) facilities, and served by LTC pharmacies, this percentage jumps to more than 90%- a true oligopoly. more

2/16/2018

EEOC takes on provider over flu shot firing

A healthcare provider in Owosso, MI, violated federal law by rescinding a job offer to a transcriptionist who wanted a religious accommodation to avoid a flu shot, the EEOC said in a lawsuit this week. more

2/16/2018

What to expect with the therapy caps repealed

Don't ever let Congress plan your next party. That's my sincere recommendation. more

2/16/2018

New guidelines add fecal transplant to C. diff treatment recommendations

Fecal transplants should be considered for patients with recurrent cases of Clostridium difficile whose symptoms cannot be addressed by antibiotics, the Infectious Diseases Society of America said in new guidelines published Thursday. more

2/16/2018

Also in the News for Friday, Feb. 16

Family's in-room camera leads to elder abuse charges against two nursing home aides ... Pennsylvania aide, nursing student pleads in nursing home abuse case, drops plan to sue facility and college ... Latest review: Security gaps in Medicare Administrative Contractor IT systems up 8 percent more

2/16/2018

Love hurts PAC relationships

When it comes to developing strategic partnerships across the post-acute care spectrum, love can cloud our judgment. more

2/15/2018

Medicaid growth expected to slow, Medicare to accelerate

Medicaid is projected to grow at a 5.8% rate through 2026, slower than previous years, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Actuary data released Wednesday. more

2/15/2018

Cardinal Health, McKesson facing hundreds of opioid lawsuits

Settlement talks for about 300 opioid lawsuits against Cardinal Health are ongoing, according to local reports. more

2/15/2018

Researchers show how hand-washing protocols help decrease nursing home deaths, antibiotic use

Nursing homes have long been a bastion of infections, experts note. But a new study finds that — by harnessing hand hygiene methods already popular in hospitals — such a notion could become a thing of the past. more

2/15/2018

Shortage of workers listed as major concern in senior living report

Eighty-two percent of senior living providers see a shortage of workers as a key concern over the next year, according to a new survey from Lancaster Pollard. more

2/14/2018

Behavior management plans for challenging behaviors

"Mrs. Jones" is in the middle of the dayroom, once again engaging in verbal abusiveness that disrupts the residents, families and staff on her unit. more

2/14/2018

Skilled nursing providers would lose out under Trump's revised payment system

A plan to lump together payments to all post-acute providers would be a budget cut dressed up as reform, providers said after reviewing the Department of Health and Human Services budget proposal. more

2/14/2018

Refusing to grow up at Signature Healthcare

More than a dozen Signature Healthcare employees spent two days playing in Louisville last month, looking for new ways to turn some of their rural nursing homes into community centers for the arts. more

2/14/2018

Yes to leisure, no to idle time

In healthcare, the idea of anyone having idle time at work would likely be met with a laugh. Our collective wisdom indicates that American workers are terribly busy, whether they are working in a nursing home, a school or in a corporate role. more

2/14/2018

Some veterans who want aid-in-dying will have to move first

Though terminally ill California residents can legally take lethal drugs to end their lives, the state's Veterans Homes have announced they will move any residents who want to try. more

2/14/2018

Also in the News for Wednesday, Feb. 14

Video of veteran's final journey through nursing home draws 6 million views ... COPD patients using inhaled meds more prone to fractures ... Patients on rheumatoid drugs cut Alzheimer's risk by half more

2/14/2018

Enhancing quality of care through design

Incorporating the principles of accessible design into long-term care creates communities where inclusion and independence are emphasized. Good for those who do it. more

2/13/2018

Providers critical of Trump budget, which would cut Medicare, kill AHRQ, slash IT agency

President Donald Trump has unveiled his spending priorities for 2019, releasing a budget that would eliminate 22 programs and agencies — including the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality — and dramatically reduce funding for others. more

2/13/2018

CDC monitoring new superbug with certain hot spots

A fungal superbug only recently reported in the U.S. has gotten a foothold, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Patients in frail health, especially those in hospitals and long-term care facilities, are especially vulnerable. more

2/13/2018