In final rules, CMS cut a proposed Medicare pay increase for inpatient psychiatric facilities, while slightly increasing what it was planning to give inpatient rehabilitation facilities.
Patient advocates are praising a section of the CMS' proposed Medicaid managed-care rule related to long-term care. But health plans and states are sharply critical of provisions imposing new credentialing requirements on long-term care providers and allowing beneficiaries to opt out of managed...
Nursing home and patient advocates alike say a new proposed rule from the CMS forbidding such facilities from requiring residents to sign binding arbitration agreements is long overdue. But some say parts of the proposal might create legal gray areas for patients and facilities.
The CMS is proposing rules aimed at dramatically improving the quality of care Medicaid and Medicare patients receive in nursing homes. If finalized, the proposals outlined would cost the nursing home industry $729 million in the first year the rule is in effect and $638 million in year two.
Many kidney-failure patients continue to receive critical dialysis treatments through catheters, a vein access method that is widely known to increase the risk of serious infections, blood clots and even death.
New Medicare rules could decrease incentives for hospital overuse and curb visits to low-quality nursing homes. The same rules, however, could boost incentives for misuse of costly skilled-nursing care.
A new report from a legal aid organization for the poor accused the Pennsylvania Department of Health of failing to properly investigate complaints about nursing homes or enforce regulations that are designed to protect residents' safety.
HealthSouth Corp., a Birmingham, Ala.-based operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, plans to spend $730 million to buy Richardson, Texas-based Reliant Hospital Partners, which operates 11 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in three states.
The healthcare industry added 46,800 jobs in May, nearly matching April's largest monthly increase this year. The U.S. economy overall added 280,000 jobs—meaning about 1 in 6 were in healthcare.
A growing number of hospitals are seeking new revenue opportunities by making their food service operations appealing to the broader community rather than only to people visiting patients. They're also sending chefs and dietitians into the community to help improve residents' health.
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.
Kindred Health and Dignity Health have agreed to build a 50-bed rehabilitation hospital in Chandler, Ariz., through a joint venture.