New federally led task forces to crack down on nursing home abuses

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 30, 2016

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.

New living arrangements for dementia patients

New living arrangements for dementia patients

By Michael Sandler  |  March 19, 2016

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.

Final unified post-acute care pay system is coming

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 03, 2016

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.

OMB receives CMS rules overhauling Medicaid

By Virgil Dickson  |  February 19, 2016

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.

Northeast Ohio hospitals seeing benefits of bundled payment model

By Lydia Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  February 16, 2016

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.

CMS survey should address patients' care experience, industry leaders say

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 26, 2016

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.

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