Preferred SNF networks represent an aggressive new strategy by hospitals to gain more control over quality and costs in the largely independent skilled-nursing facility sector.
The healthcare industry added 45,200 jobs in April, the largest monthly increase so far this year. Hospitals accounted for more than a quarter of that total.
Kindred Health and Dignity Health have agreed to build a 50-bed rehabilitation hospital in Chandler, Ariz., through a joint venture.
Kindred Healthcare has set aside $95 million to fund a possible settlement involving its RehabCare division. The one-time charge in its first-quarter earnings report was one of a number of one-off challenges that continue to rankle the post-acute-care provider.
With the nursing home industry under fire for poor quality, the American Health Care Association announced eight new priorities with specific timelines to address facilities' performance on problems such as 30-day readmission rates, antipsychotic drug overuse and high rates of staff turnover.
American Nurses Association President Pam Cipriano (one of Modern Healthcare's Top 25 Women in Healthcare) says nurses are well-positioned to improve healthcare quality and care coordination and take on new roles as more care moves out of hospitals.
Inpatient rehabilitation facilities would get a 1.7% rate increase from Medicare in fiscal 2016 under a proposed rule the CMS issued Thursday.
The U.S. Justice Department has jumped into several lawsuits alleging that HCR ManorCare, one of the largest nursing home chains in the U.S., provided unnecessary services to collect more Medicare pay.
The CMS is studying how and whether to replace its controversial “two-midnight” payment policy for short hospital stays in response to vigorous and persistent complaints from the provider community.
The Boston-based system will end inpatient operations at Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care North Shore later this year because its leaders concluded it won't be able to survive under new CMS admitting criteria.
Ventas' $1.75 billion cash offer for Ardent Medical Services speaks to the booming healthcare real estate market and the potential for hospitals to find new revenue streams in their real estate assets.
Healthcare employers added 23,800 jobs in February as physician offices and other ambulatory settings continued to propel the growth. It was the lowest gain, however, since September.