Emeritus deal drags down Brookdale Senior Living results

By Melanie Evans  |  February 09, 2016

Brookdale Senior Living, the nation's largest senior and assisted-living company, ended the final months of the year with flat revenue and a drop in occupancy as the company struggled to digest its $2.8 billion acquisition of Emeritus Corp.

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.

Providers balk at proposed post-acute care measures

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 21, 2016

The CMS is proposing new measures to better track frequency of care and spending in skilled-nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term-care hospitals in an effort to curb rising costs.

Medicare bundles? No big deal for Kindred and HealthSouth

By Melanie Evans  |  January 13, 2016

Leaders of two big companies in rehabilitation, nursing home and home healthcare services say aren't worried about the financial impact of Medicare's efforts to target their sector for savings. That may surprise federal officials, who hope bundled payment initiatives will save money for the...

CPSI completes Healthland acquisition

By Joseph Conn  |  January 08, 2016

Computer Programs and Systems Inc., a developer of electronic health records and other health information technology systems, has completed its acquisition of Minneapolis-based Healthland Holding, one of CPSI's main rivals in the rural and community hospital EHR market where CPSI has influence.

Five Star Quality Care officially rejects takeover bid

By Michael Sandler  |  December 21, 2015

Senior living provider Five Star Quality Care on Monday formally rejected the $325 million takeover bid by an affiliate of real estate investment and management company Senior Star.

Keeping an eye on discharged patients

Keeping an eye on discharged patients

By Michael Sandler  |  December 05, 2015

Hospitals are stepping up their efforts to monitor patients after discharge to reduce readmission rates that can lead to Medicare penalties.

CMS suspends enrollment in Ascension-owned senior-care program

By Bob Herman  |  November 23, 2015

The CMS halted all enrollment in a program that cares for poor seniors at Alexian Brothers Community Services in St. Louis. The agency found Alexian failed to provide necessary services and avoided enrolling sick, more expensive patients.

SNF leaders wary of new ACO rule

SNF leaders wary of new ACO rule

By Michael Sandler  |  November 21, 2015

Skilled-nursing facilities are seeking more say in how they contract with accountable care organizations as a new CMS rule for ACOs loosens the coverage policy for some Medicare patients, experts say.

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