Skilled-nursing facilities may see an $800 million bump, Medicare might pay out $125 million more to rehab facilities, and hospices could get a $330 million increase.
Federal, state and local authorities will collaborate in 10 new regional task forces across the country to toughen enforcement against nursing homes accused of providing grossly substandard care to patients and residents, the U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday.
Industry stakeholders say the new CMS initiative for skilled-nursing facilities acknowledges the role of post-acute-care facilities in improving quality of care, and the success of the bundled-payment model.
The expansion of memory-care living facilities is part of the ongoing evolution of senior citizen residential care, which has seen rapid changes over the past few decades. Few people move directly into nursing homes anymore.
MedPAC is wrapping up work on a report that outlines a unified payment system for post-acute care settings. The panel will vote on a formal report next month. It also plans to suggest the CMS accelerate its timeline of when the new pay scheme will see the light of day.
New Jersey Democrat Rep. Frank Pallone has said he wants to create a new part of Medicare to address long-term-care costs, while others say a private option or mix of the two would be best.
The co-founders of a Hixson, Tenn., nursing home business paid themselves six-figure salaries and drove company-financed Porsches while failing to pay employees, utility bills, taxes and creditors.
Select Medical Holdings reported improved earnings in the fourth quarter and year despite being dinged for integration costs related to its joint venture operation of physical therapy giant Concentra.
The rules would cap insurer profits, require states to more rigorously supervise the adequacy of plans' provider networks, encourage states to establish quality rating systems for plans, allow more behavioral healthcare in institutional settings and encourage the growth of managed long-term care.
A new national contract could bring hundreds of patients from across the country to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland for bariatric surgery. The draw? The bundled payment model.
Home health and hospice company Amedisys will acquire Associated Home Care for up to $38 million, including up to $10 million to be paid to Associated's CEO.
A forthcoming CMS patient survey meant to assess quality of care at inpatient rehabilitation facilities should assess the experience of care, industry leaders say. Patient experience captures data on what actually occurred during the patient's episode of care, whereas satisfaction is subjective.