National Healthcare Corp., one of the nation's largest nursing home and assisted-living chains, has tapped its current president, Stephen Flatt, to be its next CEO. Flatt, who becomes CEO on Jan. 1, succeeds long-time CEO Robert Adams.
The new measures nearly double the metrics linked to outcomes for nursing homes' short-term patients.
The CMS is asking state officials to make sure nursing facilities have policies in place to prevent staffers from posting embarrassing and dehumanizing photos and videos of residents on social media.
Select Medical Holdings overcame an earnings wobble in its specialty hospital division to post solid second-quarter gains in revenue and profit on the strength of rising outpatient volumes.
The CMS is moving forward with a payment increase to skilled-nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and hospice care that also sets new quality measures.
An audit of the Pennsylvania Department of Health found that the agency inadequately enforced staffing and complaint policies at nursing homes.
The owner of more than 30 skilled-nursing and assisted-living facilities in the Miami area and two co-conspirators have been charged for their involvement in a $1 billion Medicare fraud and money laundering scheme.
Nearly one out of three Medicare beneficiaries discharged from rehabilitation hospitals in March 2012 were medically harmed during stays at the facilities, according to a report from HHS' Office of Inspector General.
A joint venture between the Sanders Trust of Birmingham, Ala., and private equity firm Harrison Street Real Estate Capital paid $111.5 million this week to buy three inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in Texas operated by HealthSouth Corp.
North Dakota's nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are bracing themselves for diminished funding at the beginning of next year.
Kindred Healthcare has agreed to purchase Arkansas' home health operations in a privatization move that would put the company's facilities in 70 counties across the state, compared with the four it currently covers.
Despite outcry from industry stakeholders, advocates and beneficiaries, the CMS is moving forward with a three-year demonstration in which beneficiaries from five states would need to get prior approval before they get home health services.