Florida awards Medicaid contracts as expansion speculation builds

Florida awarded nine insurers Medicaid managed-care contracts worth tens of billions of dollars as stakeholders eye opportunities for the program's expansion. more

4/24/2018

CMS urges hospitals to disclose prices, revamps meaningful use program

The CMS wants hospitals to post how much they charge patients for services and, separately, will overhaul the meaningful use program to give providers incentives for interoperability. more

4/24/2018

House bill would add reporting requirements for 340B hospitals

A GOP bill would add reporting requirements for certain hospitals in the 340B drug discount program. Critics worry the proposal will widen the oversight gap between providers and drug manufacturers. more

4/24/2018

Centene's profit from Obamacare plans more than doubles

For the past few financial quarters, the Affordable Care Act exchanges have driven higher revenue for St. Louis-based Centene. The three months ended March 31 were no exception. more

4/24/2018

Study finds nearly three-quarters of commonly used medical scopes tainted by bacteria

A new study finds that 71% of reusable medical scopes deemed ready for use on patients tested positive for bacteria at three major U.S. hospitals. more

4/24/2018

Norton Healthcare faced CMS scrutiny after staffer assaulted patients

The CMS has cleared Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare following an investigation into its safety protocols after a mental health staffer assaulted patients. more

4/24/2018

No One Is Free From Harm: When a family member has to coordinate the patient's care

Dr. Nicole Rochester recalls the hurdles she faced while acting as a primary caregiver for her father. She found doctors failed to communicate both with each other and with her family. Rochester's story is part of the series, "No One Is Free From... more

4/24/2018

Senate panel advances opioid response bill, but Democrats say more is needed

The Senate took a bipartisan step toward helping states fight the opioid epidemic, although several Democratic senators said the proposed legislation wasn't strong enough. more

4/24/2018

Senate VA committee delays Jackson confirmation hearing

The White House is standing by VA secretary nominee Dr. Ronny Jackson as key senators delay his confirmation hearing. The senators haven't revealed specific allegations, but they are seeking information on Jackson's conduct. more

4/24/2018

Urban hospitals perform poorly on Leapfrog's latest patient safety grades

Only one of New York City's 11 graded hospitals received an "A" in the Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Grade report. Three of Los Angeles' 12 hospitals and six of Chicago's 18 hospitals scored top marks. more

4/24/2018

Genesis Healthcare will sell 51% stake in Chinese subsidiary

Genesis HealthCare announced Monday that it has agreed to sell a controlling stake of its Chinese subsidiary, GRS-HS, to Riswein Health Industry Investment Co. more

4/24/2018

Not just a nursing home problem: Antipsychotic use increasing in elderly, community-dwelling dementia patients

While regulatory focus has pushed the use of antipsychotics lower in skilled nursing facilities recently, off-label use is rising among dementia patients living in assisted living and other community settings. more

4/24/2018

Payment reform: Ready! Set! Don't go! No, I mean go!

Perhaps you think that the new therapy-payment bombshell (RCS-1) has turned out to be a dud. I hope to make the point that it was not. more

4/23/2018

After protecting 55 sites, Consulate Health Care looks to stay in business at another Florida SNF

Fresh from negotiating an agreement that protects licenses at 55 of its 77 Florida facilities, Consulate Health Care is working to win back its right to provide skilled nursing services — and get paid by Medicaid and Medicare — at one of its most troubled locations. more

4/23/2018

Approving TP and hand soap purchases for broke public nursing home lands official in hot water

Illinois' troubled Champaign County Nursing Home racked up another $200,000 in debt in a single month and was down to its last eight rolls of toilet paper. more

4/23/2018

Most who collect long-term care insurance benefits not in nursing homes

The evolving nature of long-term care insurance policies means fewer beneficiaries end up in nursing homes, according to an industry group that released a new claims analysis Friday. more

4/23/2018

What should long-term care make of these scathing reviews?

Two stories that resonated the most over the past year have been personal blogs from long-term care operators who have left the profession. That's a very interesting fact. more

4/23/2018

Also in the News for Monday, April 23

Nurse accused of covering up patient's fatal fall fails to surrender license, may still be practicing ... Miami man gets 97 months in $10 million home health fraud case ... Strong winds partially destroy Arkansas nursing home, scatter residents — possibly for good more

4/23/2018

Mistrial declared in landmark coffee case

"Coffee may heighten Alzheimer's symptoms." That's the scary headline of a recent McKnight's article, and I suspect the readership needle on the web traffic meter is jumping wildly and in the red. more

4/20/2018

4 steps toward slaying the zombies in your nursing home

They're everywhere — in your billing department, food services, human resources or janitorial — and they're secretly sabotaging your nursing home, one day at a time. We all know some. more

4/20/2018

Florida-based Avante Group to sell nearly half its nursing homes in two-state deal with Sentosa Care

The Avante Group is planning to exit the North Carolina market and reduce its presence in Virginia, having reached a deal with New York-based Sentosa Care LLC for 10 skilled nursing facilities. more

4/20/2018

Without missing person report, cops picked up, dropped off nursing home resident who later died outside

Police in Ohio said this week that they gave a nursing home resident a ride and dropped him off at a gas station without ever knowing he was a dementia patient who had eloped. more

4/20/2018

Nursing home death of former Trump adviser's father investigated as 'suspicious'

State and local law enforcement officials are investigating the nursing home death of H.R. McMaster Sr., the father of former national security adviser H.R. McMaster Jr. more

4/20/2018

Lessons from the Hill: Can one person make a difference? You bet.

With almost 15 years' experience in grassroots advocacy, working for causes from cancer to Alzheimer's prior to my current focus on aging services, has me convinced: Each and any one of us can have an impact without leaving our home turf. more

4/19/2018

Ambulance cuts pave way for new ride providers in skilled nursing

With mounting financial pressure driving some private ambulance companies out of business, more ride-hailing operators are stepping into the vacuum and providing non-emergency transportation to and from nursing homes. more

4/19/2018

EEOC sues PruittHealth for pregnancy discrimination

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced Wednesday it is suing PruittHealth-Raleigh for refusing to accommodate the preg­nancy-related work restrictions of a certified nursing assistant who was later forced to resign. more

4/19/2018

Nursing homes may be targeted for turning away patients being treated for opioid addiction

Federal investigators could begin cracking down on nursing facilities that refuse admission to patients being treated for opioid addiction, experts are warning. more

4/18/2018

'Omni-mom' Barbara Bush gives providers a gift

The tributes to former First Lady Barbara Bush will wash over the media landscape for at least a few news cycles, as well they should. But then, unfortunately, the world will go back to its twisted ways and the airwaves will be dominated by tantrums, tweets and twits. more

4/18/2018

Under-65 nursing home population grows in some states, putting new emphasis on mental health care

Though nursing facilities have traditionally been designed to treat the elderly, younger residents are using facilities more often — bringing with them fewer physical demands and more behavioral health diagnoses. more

4/18/2018

High-quality, short-term nursing stays lower risk of seniors entering long-term care

Seniors who seek rehab at higher-rated short term nursing facilities are less likely to transition into long-term care facilities afterward, finds a study from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. more

4/18/2018