Long Term Care News
- Strategies to reduce hospital readmission rates aren't harming patients post-discharge, study shows
Hospitals' efforts to lower readmission rates didn't raise patients' post-discharge mortality rates, a new study shows.
- Large nonprofits outperforming smaller organizations on EHR adoption
More nonprofit senior living and care providers with multiple properties are adopting electronic health records than smaller nonprofit organizations, according to the results of a recent LeadingAge su …
- Quadruple-dose flu vaccine lowers SNF residents' hospitalizations, largest study shows
Vaccines with four times the antigen of standard flu vaccines significantly decrease the risk of respiratory and all-cause hospitalizations during flu season, according to the largest nursing home stu …
- Also in the News for Friday, July 21
Healthcare tech CEO sentenced to 10 years in prison for $49 million fraud scheme … Male nurses earn an average of $5k more annually than female nurses … 1 in 3 dementia cases can be thwarted by he …
- Pay cuts coming for SNFs that don't submit quality data, CMS warns
Reimbursement cuts are less than three months away for nursing homes that fail to submit required quality data, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services emphasized to providers in a new memo.
- Observers skeptical of House Republicans' call to cut $2 trillion in Medicaid, Medicare
A budget plan released Tuesday by House Republicans would cut close to $2 trillion from federal healthcare programs — but it's unlikely to get very far in the legislative process, observers say. …
- Also in the News for Thursday, July 20
SNF nurse convicted of stealing drugs, forging documents to conceal crimes … GAO calls for tougher action on MA audits … OSHA to launch web-based workplace injury reporting form Aug. 1
- ACOs missing out on millions in payments by not assuming more risk, report finds
Accountable care organizations could have garnered $886 million in additional payments in 2015 if they took on greater financial risk, according to a new report.
- Family files first-of-its kind lawsuit of California peaceful death bill
The family of a terminally ill woman has filed a lawsuit against a medical center and physicians they said consciously ignored California's End of Life Option Act.
- Also in the News for Wednesday, July 19
Nurse service to pay $4.4 million to settle allegations it kept hundreds of disenrolled Medicaid beneficiaries on payment roster … Almost half of Senators ask to discuss lower medical equipment rate …
- Medicaid reductions off the table, as GOP turns to plan D: Let Obamacare 'fail' on its own
Even as providers exhaled Tuesday following the death of a GOP's Better Care Reconciliation Act, Republicans began floating the idea of a direct repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
- LTC providers, executives will pay $19.5 million in therapy-hospice False Claims settlement
A group of Ohio long-term care companies and two executives will pay about $19.5 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that were first brought by former employee whistleblowers.
- Providers spared $800 billion in Medicaid funding withdrawal, unsure of what comes next
Providers breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday morning following the death of the GOP healthcare bill, even as Republicans said they'd move forward with a straight repeal.
- Providers must ramp-up staff competency, fortify partnerships to reduce readmissions, expert says
Providers must take a long look at their staff members' competencies and how they communicate with acute-care partners to survive amid a regulatory environment that's constantly ramping up p …
- Nursing home sued after resident allegedly left in hot tub for 8 hours dies
Negligence led to the death of a nursing home resident in a whirlpool, the son of the resident has said in court documents.